MANLY SCREENWORKS 2001
TIME TO PROTEST! ON FILM
Refreshing as a theme and yet almost nostalgic as a concept, this
year’s mantra for entries in the Manly ScreenWorks short
film festival is Protest! – and the exclamation mark is
official. Andrew L. Urban – who is also the Festival’s
Patron - previews this year’s event.
The age of socio-political protest is over, one might have
thought, but of course in the context of Manly ScreenWorks,
filmmakers can interpret Protest! in any sense they can imagine.
And there are 20 entries already registered: “We found
ourselves in the right place at the right time when we chose the
theme Protest!” says festival director Boyd Attewell. Its no
exaggeration to say that the new century has seen a groundswell
of people all over the world who are willing to speak out –
alone or in their thousands. Everything from individual protests
to the stolen generation. Why have filmmakers taken to the theme?
– That’s easy, filmmakers need a motive to create
anything exceptional. Ask any scriptwriter. Even a comedy needs
impetus to drive its plot and its characters - jokes alone
certainly don’t make a comedy. What better motivation than
Attewell is thrilled with the quality of entries to date.
“There are films that cover issues of youth, race, gender
and politics,” he says. “There are comedies, dramas,
docos and animations, as well as two multi-media works. There are
films that explore the concept of protest on a global scale, and
others that focus on the personal protests of one person against
Other short film festivals have themes or items (eg Tropfest
entries this year have to include ‘match’ in some
interpretation) but Manly ScreenWorks is unique in having social
discussion themes. In the past, these have included the
environment and Being Australian.
Screenworks is a non-profit Festival, now under the
directorship of Boyd Attewell, who runs on enthusiasm and
dedication. “ScreenWorks conducts a film festival that
encourages and promotes new and established independent film
makers,” he says. “This is achieved by providing
filmmakers with a forum to present works that are new,
challenging and incisive. Creators of these works deserve
recognition and assistance to further their craft. Our festival
audiences should be entertained, informed and challenged.”
ENTRIES RECEIVED SO FAR
An Australian fantasy/comedy called Slipper,
written and directed by Glenn Fraser. Conceived and featuring
Ineke Rapp as Miranda. Miranda is a modern day princess with old
fashioned values. She’s also a sexual being who can’t
seem to nail down her perfect mate. Lacking the voice to ask what
she wants she undertakes a unique quest. She emerges as a very
modern kind of woman!
Inna Dreemin’ is a documentary that deals
with the issues of identity, tolerance and heritage among young
indigenous Australians. The film is by
Paula Mailman and was produced as part of Metroscreen’s
Indigenous Mentor program.
Dare to Dream is a drama fantasy by Adrian Wills.
It also came out of Metroscreen’s Mentor program. The
performances, effects and mise en scene are striking.
Street Talk – an entry from New Zealand by
Tessa Hoffe. A comedy where nothing is sacred - not protesters,
not ministers of state, and certainly not cream pies!
Comfort Zones is a drama by Reuben Field. Reuben
is only 19 but has already had his work selected for screening at
the Art Gallery of NSW and on
SBS. This film looks at the agonising choices of conformity
versus rebellion. Reuben wrote, directed, produced, shot and
edited the film. He is a resident of Manly.
Kyoto Now by Jonathan Cohen. This is the comedy
that a television network commissioned but decided it was too hot
to handle. It’s a cutting commentary on Australia’s
acquiescence to the US withdrawal from the Kyoto Protocol. Undue
influence? You be the judge.
Causes, a short animation by Joseph Brumm. A
beautiful and whimsical animation that connects a butterfly, a
fast food chain and….we won’t spoil the ending.
A Plantation is Not a Forest by Tim Cadman. This
is an animation that is the combined work of forest activists in
Northern NSW and Brazil.
4 Boys and a Baby – a personal account of
the birth of a child. What’s the protest? If you’re in
labour and your partner is pointing a video camera at you, you’ll
For a Living by Melissa Anastasi. Dramatic
cinematography. A cold hard look at your 9 to 5 routine.
Published August 9, 2001
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October 22 – 27, 2001
North Steyne Surf Pavilion, Manly
Tickets: $10 per session, $8 concession, including the special
finalists’ session.A full Festival ticket is $45, a saving
of $25. (all incl GST)
Ticket enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
total value over $10,000
(and includes a showcase of the winners on Urban Cinefile)
Films up to 16 minutes, any genre; international entries also
Entries close September 21, 2001
In 1997, Candy Dische of Candy’s Café in Manly (and arts
patron) conceived a short film festival: it was called Short
Black. With a new direction, new committee and eyes on a larger
horizon, the festival this year is re-christened ScreenWorks, and
has the support of the local community, Manly Council, NSW FTO,
several sponsors - and operates with the help of a Board of
Advisors. It is an incorporated associqation owned by its members:
membership is open to anyone.
Major sponsors include:
Easynet Web Services
Australian Video Camera Magazine
NSW Film & Television Office