SHORTS

STORIES OF TASMANIA

DIRECTORS: VARIOUS
AUSTRALIA / 2021
ONLINE FESTIVAL
MON 3 – SUN 30 MAY 2021
RUNNING TIMES: VARIOUS (4-20 minutes each)

Short film makers who live in Tasmania, those who wish they lived here and those who wish they’d never left were challenged to tell us their favourite Stories of Tasmania. What does it mean to be Tasmanian? What is unique and specific about Tasmanian culture? What can only happen here on this island?

And they did us proud with docos and dramas that are a true Breath of Fresh Air!

Our judging panel rated all the films and  the short listed best entries are now on view below. They are free and live on line to watch from midnight 2nd May until midnight 30 May, right here for your enjoyment.

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO USE YOUR ACCESS CODE ON THESE SHORT FILMS. JUST CLICK ON THE ARROW ON EACH FILM AND YOU ARE OFF ON A JOURNEY INTO WONDERFUL TASMANIAN STORIES.

Now the short films are live you – and your friends – can take a look at all nine (9)  and vote for YOUR top three picks.  Just complete the survey below the short films.  The People’s Choice winners will be awarded prizes at the Awards event in Hobart on 29 May.

WATCH

A Gentle Giant

Known to grow to the size of a small dog and live to 40 years old, the giant Tasmanian freshwater lobster is the largest of its kind in the entire world, but its home is being destroyed by sediment runoff from logging. However, there is hope – Todd Walsh the lobster man has grown up with this crayfish that gently inches its way around the northern rivers of Australia’s southern-most island. This is his plea to protect a rare and remarkable creature.

Director: Mark Pearce

A Rare Breed

Rob is a world renowned chicken breeder from Tasmania who has traveled all over the world to exhibit his chickens, as well as his own body…

Director: Thomas Field

An Aquatic Community

Summary

A short documentary about the strength of friendship that has formed between a group of Hobart seniors who have all been attending the same water aerobics class for over three decades.

Director: Rebecca Thomson

Dinosaur Man

Summary

In 1979, Launceston man Allan Limb set out to change the way dinosaurs were portrayed on the silver screen. Utilising the workshop of his Tarmak asphalting business, the automotive enthusiast and backyard engineer assembled a team of Tasmanian employees to recreate ‘the king of the tyrant lizards’ – Tyrannosaurus Rex – in animatronic form.

Directors: Luke Scott & Zara Dawtrey

Homesick

Homesick is a charming and bittersweet reverie of a birthday in the year that is 2020. This exciting new work explores how last year has reshaped how we think about ourselves and how we think about others. It examines behaviour when starved of human interaction and asks, “Can cheese fill the void of loneliness and transport us to a place that feels like home?”

Director: Gaden Sousa

Clockumentary

A mockumentary about Brian ‘Toggs’ Toggle who is a seasoned drummer and self-proclaimed timekeeper from the town of Ulver- stone, Tasmania. Toggs talks to filmmaker Ursula Woods about dimensions of drumming and how the significant town clock influenced his rhythmic thinking as a child.  Playing with young art-pop group ‘Sunset Thrills’, Toggs encounters artistic differences with the band.

Director: Ursula Woods

Looking After Our Food

In 2012, the forestry industry and unions agreed to the protection of key leatherwood forests through the historic Tasmanian Forest Agreement; however, the laws that delivered this agreement have since been overturned. Passionate beekeepers, Bob Davey and Hedley Hoskinson are part of a frontline effort to monitor and maintain vast pockets of leatherwood trees, and they’re pressing hard to gain access to unutilised areas of this critical resource.

Director: Mark Pearce

Row

Set in 1986 Tasmania, Row follows Mike Dicker as he documents the lead up to his brothers next ocean going adventure, a never before accomplished row around the world. Inspired by true events, Row is a biopic that encapsulates the loving although sometimes fraught bond between two brothers.

Director: Lochie Hookway

Tabernacle

Summary

Nick just can’t take a trick. On the outside it looks like he’s doing well: house in the suburbs; perfect family; perfect job; nice car; investments. But there’s financial pressures associated with being wealthy, and his kid is showing behavioural issues, and his in-laws are coming over tomorrow, and that growing group of homeless people living in tents on the park near his investment property are threatening to drive down prices… Oh, and he’s just been involved in a devastating crime. But that’s, like, the least of his worries.

Director: Alex Laird