A still from Jane Campion's 1982 student film, AN EXERCISE IN DISCIPLINE: PEEL
AUSTRALIAN SHORT FILM TODAY premiered our 2018 program of narrative short films - OZShorts - at the Asia Society in New York on May 10, 2018.
Legendary Australian filmmaker Jane Campion agreed to us showing a retrospective of her 1982 student film, AN EXERCISE IN DISCIPLINE: PEEL, in which a boy is disciplined for throwing orange peels out of the window of his father's car. PEEL won the best short film prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1986. Jane followed up this award when her feature film, THE PIANO, won the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1993. The recently remastered version of PEEL is courtesy of Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) in Sydney, where Jane made the film as a student.
"Peel is joyously experimental, infused with the stubbornness of its characters" - Kate Matthews
Among the other films in the 2018 program are: THE ELEVEN O'CLOCK, nominated for an Academy Award in 2018, a comedy in which a psychiatrist's patient thinks he is the psychiatrist; ADELE, a drama about a 14-year old African schoolgirl in Australia in an arranged marriage imposed on her by family tradition; KILL OFF, a comedy/drama in which a girl with an intellectual disability forms an unusual friendship with a Sudanese refugee based on their shared interest in rap music: HICCUP, a 3-minute comedy in which a cure for hiccups may have an unexpected complication; LOST PROPERTY OFFICE, a stop-motion animation in which Ed, the custodian, may not be what he seems to be; WELCOME HOME ALLEN, a poignant film in which a group of Viking warriors returns home from war to a world that may no longer recognize them; THE UNICORN, a drama set in Paris in which a young couple is about to make love when a phone call sends the night into disarray; and LIBRARY OF LOVE, a musical romantic comedy about a librarian who spends her days reading too many romance novels..
Rachel Cooper, Director of Global Performing Arts and Cultural Initiatives at the Asia Society, was our host for the evening.
A reception at the Asia Society followed the screening.
The 2018 Audience Award at Australian Short Film Today in New York went to THE ELEVEN O'CLOCK directed by Derin Seale. The film was produced by Finch in Sydney.
A still from THE ELEVEN O'CLOCK showing Damon Herriman (left) and Josh Lawson, who was also the writer
The runner up was LIBRARY OF LOVE directed by brother and sister team Miranda and Khrob Edmonds of Cottesloe Films in Perth. It was produced by Estelle Buzzard, Meg McPherson and Maya Kavanagh.
A still from LIBRARY OF LOVE starring Perth's Trilby Glover (foreground, known for THE STARTER WIFE, RIGHTEOUS KILL and SCREEN QUEENS) and her American husband, GLEE and SCREEN QUEENS co--creator Ian Brennan (center)
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