AUSTRALIAN SHORT FILM TODAY had its premiere in Houston at the Asia Society Texas Center on December 1, 2017.
The 90-minute program of 11 short films opened with Matthew Saville's A Writer and Three Script Editors Walk Into a Bar, a three minute film on the agony of screenwriting. The program also included - among other films - Bluey, a drama by Darlene Johnson about a troubled young woman who has lost her child; Habits, an animation by Kathy Sarpi about a woman in need of self-improvement; The Mother Situation, directed by well known Australian actor Matt Day; The Dam, by Brendon McDonall, a drama about feelings between two lifetime friends that can no longer be contained; Identical, a mockumentary about identical twins, starring, written and directed by identical twins Mark and (stand up comedian) Brett Nichols; and Meat and Potatoes, by Arielle Thomas and Ellenor Argyropoulous, a comedy about a vegan woman who is starving in the Outback during the Apocalypse. There is no food, but there are dead bodies ...
After the screening there was a Q&A with Patrick Kwiatkowski, Executive Director of Houston Cinema Arts Society, and Chris Beale taking questions about the films. A reception followed.
The 2017 Audience Award at Australian Short Film Today in Houston went to Mason Fleming's Deighties, a film about an 86-year old widower nervously venturing into the unfamiliar world of online dating. The film was produced at WA Screen Academy.