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July 5 4:30 pm
Special Events | 2021 | 69 min | Australian Gothic
The alien, the uncanny, the gothic, the unfamiliar, the disturbing, the hybrid, and the horrific moves through these works, from the fear of the unknown, the lack of contact with people, the sleeper’s body, the seeking of desperate families, and, yes, even monsters. But there are other forms at play too, and these also become manifest, in the possibilities of metamorphosis. A selection of shorts guaranteed to make you think twice.
Dir: Milena Bennett, Australia, 25 min
Freya and Dan move to the country to have their first child; as the pregnancy develops they lose their grip on reality. Distance and time, dreams and waking life, the living and the dead converge.
Dir: Kate Murray, Australia, 15 min
Su inherits her childhood home after her mothers’ death and takes her young daughter, Nari, and her partner Hamish, a police officer, to live there. Strange things begin to happen in the house as they soon discover they are not alone; a ghostly presence sheds light on a dark truth and both Su and Hamish must come to terms with the consequences of their actions.
The Guard Station
Dir: Matt Zappala, Australia, 12 min
Michael is a temp security guard that suffers psychological trauma from a car accident in which his partner perished. Taking on a new job in a junkyard where a mysterious sinkhole has opened up he must now confront his fear of fire if he is to survive the night from the deadly, shape shifting creature that has arisen.
Dir: Alex Linder, Australia, 5 min
Written, narrated and acted by a victim of recurring Sleep Paralysis, a young woman relives her worst experiences with the murky phenomenon. Set over the course of five minutes, she descends deeper into the recesses of her mind. By the end, we realise that this isn’t the first – or only time – this will happen.
Dir: Alex Campbell, 8 min
A mother tries to connect with her lost child.
Dir: Kimberley Parkin, Rhiana Katz, Edwin Sitt, Australia, 4 min
Stuck in a state of metamorphosis, the creature finds comfort in land and body. A transitional place where adaptations emerge.
Total run time approx 69 min