THE OTHER FILM FESTIVAL 2010
UNIQUE AND INTRIGUING
From Eyeborg, the world’s first prosthetic eye-camera demo to director Niko von
Glasow’s Nobody’s Perfect in which he struggles to convince 11 other
fellow-Thalidomide affected people, that posing naked for a calendar would be a
good idea, The Other Film Festival (August 25 – 29, Melbourne Museum) offers an
intriguing program of unique films and seminars with local and international
guests, by, with and about people with a disability.
Presented by Arts Access Victoria in association with Melbourne Museum, this
compelling biennial event will screen more than 35 films from Australia, Russia,
Poland, Iceland, Israel, Italy, South Korea, UK and USA. There’s also a range of
topical and informative seminars and interactive panel discussions - plus the
buzz of The Other Club, at Fitzroy’s Charcoal Lane, where from 10pm nightly.
Guests this year include Canadian director and cinematographer Rob Spence, who,
following the loss of an eye in a teenage shooting accident, has developed the
world’s first prosthetic eye-camera; US stand-up Deaf comedian CJ Jones and
filmmaker Hilari Scarl who will present their documentary See What I’m Saying,
Australian actors with a disability and filmmaker Genevieve Clay (Be My Brother)
who will participate in a panel discussion on the challenges facing actors with
a disability, plus festival patron Adam Elliot, actor/director Clayton Jacobson,
actor Ross Onley-Zerkel and others.
2010 Festival program highlights include:
Forum: EYEBORG (Canada)
Join Canadian filmmaker Rob Spence as he introduces you to the future of filming
with Eyeborg – a miniature camera and transmitter that has been fitted into his
prosthetic eye. Winner of TIME Magazine’s 50 Best Inventions of 2009, Rob will
present the World Premiere demonstration of the Eyeborg camera in operation!
Forum: DIRECTING DEAF ACTORS
Clayton Jacobson (Kenny), Ross Onley-Zerkel and the cast of I LOVE U, which will
screen as part of the Festival, explore the processes and surprising outcomes
when hearing directors choose to cast and direct Deaf actors.
Forum: ACTORS WORKSHOP
If you are a person with a disability but don’t know how to get started as an
actor, then this is the workshop for you! Join actors and directors from films
within the Festival who will offer a hands-on introduction to acting for film
NOBODY’S PERFECT (Germany) 84 Minutes
Director Niko von Glasow struggles to convince 11 other fellow-Thalidomide
affected people, that posing naked for a calendar would be a good idea, in this
intelligent, darkly humorous and provocatively incorrect documentary.
THE SUNSHINE BOY (Iceland) 104 Minutes
Narrated by Kate Winslet with a soundtrack by Sigur Ros and Björk, this poignant
documentary portrays a mother’s quest to understand the complex condition
affecting her son. Her epic-journey takes her to other countries to meet with
parents and leading medical experts. However, her question is always the
same…How can I break down the barrier of autism that separates my son from the
SEE WHAT I’M SAYING (USA) 91 Minutes
Follow the journey of the former four members of Beethoven’s Nightmare, the
world’s only deaf rock band, which include, CJ a famous comedian still
determined to perform to hearing audiences and Robert a brilliant actor and mime
artist, battling homelessness. To be presented by Festival guests, director
Hilari Scarl and comedian CJ.
BE MY BROTHER (Australia) 7 Minutes
A young man’s charm and charisma enchants a stranger at a bus stop. But someone
else’s heart is at stake.
ANNA’S SILENT STRUGGLE (Netherlands) 56 Minutes
Concentration camps are characterized as places of horrible sounds – screaming,
shooting and the cries of torture. For the Deaf, the terror was silent. As the
Nazis methodically killed people with disabilities, Anna van Dam survived
Auschwitz on her wits and her ability to lip-read.
ZIG ZAG LOVE (UK) 59 Minutes
Acclaimed director Gillies MacKinnon brings us the story of Peter and Elliot,
two teenagers obsessed with sex. But unlike most teens, they’re long-term
hospital patients. They make a pact to lose their virginity, but when Elliot
suddenly dies, Peter escapes from hospital with a new friend, terrified that
he’ll die before he knows what sex is like.
SHINING STARS (Israel) 61 Minutes
On 4 March, 1996, a young woman named Maytal was seriously wounded in a suicide
attack in Tel Aviv. Nine years later she has separated from her husband and
commenced fertility treatments to have a baby as a single parent. A searing
portrait of a powerful but damaged person, grappling her way back to intimacy,
empathy and love.
OUTCASTS (UK) 2008
A girl in love, a pop star in peril and a gang of unruly misfits on the run. The
ride doesn’t stop before everyone gets what they want and someone gets what he
deserves. Not quite your average road movie.
WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE MY MOTHER (Poland) 30 Minutes
The tight bonds between Julia and her mother Monika threaten to snap or strangle
them both when Julia makes a film about her mother. Monika is afraid to see
herself as a woman who has lost her legs. Instead, she sees a woman who is about
to lose a daughter.
Published August 12, 2010
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