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Westralia Day 2023
Shorts Showcase/2023/Westralia Day
Intro: Various WA Filmmakers
Come and celebrate a section of WA short films. Exploring all areas of cinema and culture these films showcase both established and emerging talent from across the state, with filmmakers exploring all manner of filmmaking styles, exploring the possibilities of the short film as a way of telling personal stories, micro-documentaries, comedies, dramas, and much more.
Session #1: Portraits, People and Places: Documentaries - 75min
Directed by Jake Blackburn
They call him Mr Kimberley, but his mates just call him Sammy, a man who has a tale to tell.
Directed by Rhys Jones
Geoff lodge revisits a life lived in the bush collecting bird eggs.
Directed by Poppy van Oorde-Grainger
Behind the scenes of a cinematic virtual reality film exploring the transformative impact of truth-telling.
Directed by Joseph Wilkie
When a team member tragically passes away, an Australian American Football club is thrown into disarray.
Directed by Alan Chambers
Dare to Dream is the tale of a father and son determined to have one last go at reclaiming life.
Directed by Robert John Gibbon
The life and adventures of Showtime Clyde, a wrestler from Perth, documented during a hiatus from the ring.
Directed by William Oliver Jackson
An exploration of sense & self through texture, light & movement. A portrait in motion.
Session #2: Navigating A New World: Dramatic Narratives and Micro-fictions - 98min
Directed by Jessica Bailey
An ambitious young African woman living in Australia must choose between following her dreams of filmmaking and supporting her family back home.
Directed by Christie Hammond
In Anna’s final year of high school, she must choose between her passion for performing or the plans of her immigrant mother.
Directed by Claudia Dickson
A Pakistani-Australian runaway bride confronts her past, present, and future when the ghost of her mother tries to stop her from fleeing.
Directed by James Dudfield
Set at the peak of the Australian Gold Rush, a young grave digger seeks vengeance for the death of his brother from a wealthy town Commissioner.
Directed by Benjamin David Taylor
A celebrated radio DJ performs for what is left of humanity during its final days.
Directed by Betheney A’Vard
Three foster siblings come together for a weekend to confront their alcoholic mother and face some hard truths as they attempt to mend the family – hanging by a thread.
Directed by Connor West
Two sisters desperately try to get out of their house before something else gets in.
Directed by Sarah Legg
Impression and interpretation: A film that relies on sensory techniques to tell a story about depression, alienation and ultimately loneliness.
Session #3: Everything Will Be OK (Eventually): Comedies and Comic Dramas - 95min
Directed by Cooper Clark
Falling out of touch with his wife, a jaded community playwright secretly exploits the private affairs of his marriage in an attempt to finally create something authentic.
Directed by Alexandra Eftos
After being dumped by her ex, Liza finds herself opposite a psychic in the hopes of figuring out if there is a cosmic plan for her and what that looks like.
Directed by Xavier Jansen
Two gay siblings and their partners become embroiled in a humorous charade that backfires when their sexuality is revealed to their religious mother.
Directed by Eliza Pritchard
Mark has received his expiration letter meaning he has two weeks to live..
Directed by Alex Power
A couple are forced to confront their rocky marriage when their recently deceased friend presents them with a gift from beyond the grave, himself… stuffed.
Directed by Lauren Demarti
When Indian born Sunita tries to squirm out of her parents’ arranged marriage, she enlists her friends in the creation of a fake marriage – but the lies begin to spiral out of control.
Directed by George Butterworth
The aimless husband of a quantum physics expert must prove his worth to his wife by saving their cantankerous neighbour from a time loop.
Directed by Ryan James Svirac
A photographic journalist discovers that in the bush, everything will kill you.
Directed by Sarah Simmons
Two hungover party rats wake up in disarray and conduct a desperate, last-ditch search for the keys to their new life.