Anima and Summer Suit, two Australian short films, have been hand-picked for a couple of prestigious January film festivals.
Summer Suit, the story of a migrant girl living with her family in rural Australia, will premiere at the Slamdance Screen Festival in Utah later this month while Anima will debut at when the 22nd Flickerfest festival begins in Bondi this weekend. Both come highly touted.
Anima, written and directed by emerging Aussie filmmaker Scott Mannion, is a sci-fi centering on a scientist attempting to keep his terminally ill wife alive through a self-created virtual world. A film focusing on the effect of technology on human life, the scientist struggles with the repercussions of his virtual world once it begins to border on reality.
Despite the film’s short length, Mannion wanted Anima to be a visually spectacular.
“Gaining empathy from the audience in a short is always a challenge, and the theory was that if I could really blow them away with striking imagery I could break them out of the mental state they were in before they watched the film, opening them up to the emotional story at the core,” said Mannion.
“Gaining empathy from the audience in a short is always a challenge, and the theory was that if I could really blow them away with striking imagery I could break them out of the mental state they were in before theywatched the film, opening them up to the emotional story at the core.”
Filming was undertaken across the globe with parts ranging from locations in Austria to the US. At the other end of the budget spectrum comes Summer Suit and its tale of a girl lost in a strange world.
Teenager Lucy Tyler, discovered by director Rebecca Peniston-Bird at her sons’ primary school, plays the character of 10-year-old Robbie, part of a migrant family that owns and works in their rural petrol station. Robbie struggles with epilepsy and gains confidence from a boy’s suit she finds in her wardrobe.
Summer Suit was filmed with what Peniston-Bird describes as a “shoestring budget”- most of it was allocated to recreating props from the 1980s setting.
"We had to be very resourceful so all our period costumes and sets we had a budget of about fifteen hundred dollars," said director Ms Peniston-Bird. "Almost all our costumes were sourced from op-shops and or borrowed from people."
The film though is, of course, excellent and was hand-picked to be part of Slamdance Film Festival in Utah later this month.
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