A still from The Blue Ducks, directed by Ellen Richardson
AUSTRALIAN SHORT FILM TODAY premiered in Austin, Texas, at Austin Film Society's AFS Cinema on April 21, 2018.
Austin Film Society was founded in 1985 by Richard Linklater, a leading American independent filmmaker, to exhibit independent, experimental, foreign and other non-mainstream art films as well as retrospectives. He also founded the Austin Studios film production complex in the hangers and terminal of the old Austin airport.
The 90-minute program included - among other films - A Writer and Three Script Editors Walk Into a Bar, a 3-minute comedy by Australian television and film director Matthew Saville on the agony of screenwriting; Habits, a 3-minute animation about a woman in need of self-improvement; The Blue Ducks, a raw drama about a teenager who must challenge her younger sister so as not to lose face in front of her friends; My Best Friend is Stuck on the Ceiling, a comedy in which Connor, secretly in love with Rachel, plans gives her a birthday present that may knock her off her feet; The Mother Situation, a dark comedy directed by well-known Australian actor Matt Day in which three siblings agree to "assist" their terminally ill mother; and Deighties, a warm documentary in which an 86-year old widower nervously ventures into the unfamiliar world of online dating.
The 2018 Audience Award in Austin went to Bluey, a drama by acclaimed director Darlene Johnson about an angry young indigenous woman, trapped in a life of violence, who is challenged by a boxing coach.
A still from Bluey
For a description by Darlene Johnson about the making of Bluey, see our Filmmaker Stories.