Even Lovers Get the Blues | Ensemble Nominated
- Reviewed by Emily O’Neil – READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE
“In its sexual explicitness, Micheli’s feature succeeds in creating a great sense of intimacy between its characters and the audience without being too forced or distasteful. The honest- and at times awkward- portrayal of both sex and a desire to meet the needs of one’s partner allows us to sympathise with the emotional strain each character is facing and lets us find ourselves amongst them.
Even Lovers Get the Blues succeeds alone in its simplicity. Its cinematography is intimate and use of colour produces intoxicating visuals. Laurant Micheli’s theatre history adapts well to the screen, and the sexual freedom he decides to portray within the film creates a raw reality similar to what could be found on stage. Such liberation means that topics of fluid sexuality and the generational fear of the meaning of life are expressed freely and translate wonderfully towards audiences.”
- Even Lovers Get the Blues will be screened on Friday 17th March at 7.30pm, following a series of short films: The Pine Tree Villa; What About the Rent?; and Silence.
Freeze | Emma Hung Nominated
- Reviewed by Daniel Sheppard
Extraordinarily deep, extraordinarily dark, Freeze is a somewhat bothersome short. Not bothersome in its execution, but rather bothersome in its poetically tragic narrative, exploring the mental decline of central character Hui (Emma Hung) as her need to love – and her need to be loved – becomes an obsession as opposed to a simplistic desire. Hung’s performance is truly haunting, complementing the breezy aesthetic of the film, and the poignant moments that give the film such a twisted edge.
- Freeze will be screened on Saturday 18th March at 4.45pm, following a series of other short films: Dolls; 6am News; Miao Village; Railment; and Bound.
Kidnap Me | Genna Foden Nominated
- Reviewed by Luke Compton – READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE
“The key scenario of the film has the couple tied up and ignorant to the fact that a pair of bumbling gangsters are behind their capture. A series of comedic encounters occur where the couple play along as if it was role-play while the gangsters are taken aback by their openness. It is this recurring scenario that really adds to the screwball nature that the directors intend for the film. The film is impressive from a cinematography front. It’s shot very well and tries hard to avoid the aesthetics of a low-budget independent film. I would say that Kidnap Me really comes into own by the halfway point. The climax certainly proved enjoyably stylistic and it makes the film very easy to enjoy. I was impressed by the style of the last act, it really adds to the screwball nature that the filmmakers are going for.
The acting in the film totally works for the intended effect. Genna Foden in particular adds a lot to the film. Her character plays up to these kinky scenarios and it’s clear that she’s having a lot of fun, without being at the expense of the film. I think the performances are enjoyable and they fit the intended archetypes.”
- Kidnap Me will be screened on Friday 17th March at 12.30pm, following a series of short films: Open Mike; We Could Have, We Should Have…; and Already Dead.
MAD | Ensemble Nominated
- Reviewed by Tom Durrans – READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE
“The dysfunctional family is commonly portrayed in film, but not many films have the punch that MAD delivers. Phenomenal performances and a script that can switch from hilarious to heart-wrenchingly realistic in a heartbeat, make for a fantastic film about three women and the tough lives they live.
An array of acting masterclasses and a story that is as funny as it is heartwarming, Robert Putka has written and directed an absolute gem with MAD. It’s a film that can easily compete with the best of dramas.”
- MAD will be screened on Saturday 18th March at 8pm, following a series of short films: The Alan Dimenson; Last Call Lenny; and The Bathtub.
What About the Rent? | Maeve Ryan Nominated
- Reviewed by Daniel Sheppard
Perhaps misleadingly presented as a film that employs effortless codes and conventions, What About the Rent? is an intricately executed short. Combining Maeve Ryan’s performance and Declan Freenan’s screenplay with Christopher O’Donnell’s direction and Aaron Elvis Kyle’s cinematography, the film builds a bizarre intensity; a solemn suspense that stays with you beyond the films duration, with questions raised and their answers left unsaid, all in a six minute phone call.
- What About the Rent? will be screened on Friday 17th March at 7.30pm, along with the following films: The Pine Tree Villa; Silence; and Even Lovers Get the Blues.