These South Australian shorts showcase the breadth of talent and deft creativity of local filmmakers and crew. Traversing many different genres and media, no stone is left unturned in this vibrant cross section of SA filmmaking. Featuring the World Premiere of two cutting-edge Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund shorts, this is a night you don’t want to miss.
Screens with: Are You Really The Universe?
|Alfie is a hopeless romantic. Despite nearing 30, he remains gloriously naïve, a youthful bright spark of a human being. When he meets Effie in a real-life meet cute, he believes they are destined for forever. That’s the way it happens in the movies, right? But Effie, the daughter of the kind of parents who never hold hands, is much more realistic. In a series of nostalgia-soaked memories of their blossoming relationship, we see the world through Alfie’s eyes. Falling in love, moving in together, becoming the kind of comfortable partners that people yearn for. When the cracks start to show, is it reality seeping in? Can we trust what we are seeing? Can Alfie trust his own memories? This is an intimate, visceral exploration of love, relationships and the way we cling to the past in order to ignore our present.|
Screens with: Blind Body
|Partially blind, grandmother Kim Nay depends on touch and sound to navigate her daily routine of eating, resting and listening to Khmer news. Time moves fluidly as Kim's sense of self slowly begins to dilate, conjuring long-dormant memories.|
Screens with: Bunker: The Last Fleet
|"The year is 2057. For six years the extraterrestrial invaders have occupied our world. The harvest of humankind has begun. When they arrived, everything was lost. The people, the land, the system gone".|
Screens with: Downpour
|A flip-book of modern young love, Lou and Cleo weave through the complex feelings present in any meaningful relationship. Their story is a downpour of everything, all at once.|
Screens with: Finding Sergeant
|An immigrant aged care worker’s compassion for a troubled veteran becomes the key to re-connecting with her teenage son.|
Screens with: It Happened in Copley Street
A tough man discovers an artistic life through poetry. This is the true story about former working class man now author, poet and orator, Geoff Goodfellow.
Screens with: Last Elephant On Earth
|When an earth-destroying meteor appears in the sky, 15-year-old amateur biologist Elle and her best friend Jen wait for the adults to finally act. But when Elle confronts her recently widowed father, Richard, he refuses to acknowledge her fears, or the meteor hurtling towards earth. Instead, he sends Elle to see Dr Humboldt, a sinister child psychiatrist who convinces Richard that Elle is actually a critically endangered Sumatran elephant. Convinced he’s doing right by his daughter, Richard locks Elle in a cage in the backyard. As the meteor rushes towards Earth, Elle desperately tries to convince her father to see the truth, but he refuses to listen, even as rose bushes spontaneously combust and dead birds fall from the sky. With the end seemingly days, or even hours, away, Elle simply wants to see Jen one last time. But will Richard finally see reason, or will Elle spend her last days on Earth in a cage?|
Screens with: Marungka Tjalatjunu (Dipped in Black)
An Anangu man returns to country to escape the oppression of the white fella city life.
|Marungka Tjalatjunu (Dipped in Black) is a multi-disciplinary artwork created by Yankunytjatjara artist Derik Lynch and Australian artist Matthew Thorne. The film follows Derik's road trip from the oppression of white city life in Adelaide back to country – Aputula – to perform on sacred Inma ground, while memories from his youth growing up on country return. Inam is a traditional form of storytelling using the visual, verbal, and physical. It is how Anangu Tjukurpa (myths) have been passed down for over 60,000+ years.|
Screens with: On Film
Animated digitally, On Film explores the technology behind shooting on film, how to tell when a film is shot on film and why there’s an enduring passion and appreciation for the format.