Friday’s Flickerfest screening at Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre showcased Australia’s top short films and they didn’t disappoint.
Starting off strong with the surreal self discovery tale, Karroyul, the story of a young Aboriginal woman finding her place in the world.
Director Kelrick Martin did a great job shooting a pretty film which moved slowly but conscientiously.
The comedy Slingshot was up next, about a boy and his first kiss.
By cut and pasting elements from an adult relationship onto children, comedy shone through the quirky piece.
Flat Daddy was next up, directed by Matt Holcomb and by the time it reached the end of it’s 15 minute running time a pin could be heard dropping in the theatre, Flat Daddy was an extremely powerful short.
The Detectives of Noir Town was the evening’s class clown, a parody of 1940s and 50s pulp films using puppets with egocentric monologues to drive a seemingly pointless story.
But out of the pointlessness came comedy gold.
Ending the evening with Trophy Thief, the story of a young boy and his single mother, rather than Adam Elliot’s Earnie Biscuit was probably a mistake, sending everyone out on a flat note rather than a warm heart.
Flickerfest 2016 captured the variety in Australian cinema from comedy to drama and even complete ridiculousness.
Flickerfest 2017 should be part everyone’s cinema experience next year.
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