Byron Bay International Film Festival (2016)
Made In Melbourne (2016) - Winner Best Director & Best Actor
Produced by Hunny Bunny Productions (In association with Quiet Giant)
A young Boy plays amongst the looming greens of an overwhelming forest. His curious and out-of-place, playful nature emits a sense of foreboding as a mysterious dark Stranger watches him play from the shadows. When the Boy is confronted with the difficult realities of life, an unlikely hero reveals themselves to shelter the Boy from the complexities of the world.
In the early hours of the morning, a middle aged man works himself into a violent rage and confronts his noisy neighbours. Rhododendron is a documentation of anger, from the inciting incident, to the cathartic release, and then finally, the period of uncomfortable introspection that follows. It is a sensory journey that presents an abrasive contrast between impulse and reflection, chaos and order, dark and light and noise and silence. This nine minute short drama is primarily composed of one continuous handheld tracking shot on 35mm film.
A middle-aged ice truck driver, stuck in a dull marriage, finds a dead body in the back of his truck. Unsure of what to do with the body he goes about his day, with the body wrapped up and hidden under the ice. The presence of the body and a moment shared with a local waitress, Tony finds a new found power in his life.
Unsure of what is going on at her own mother's wake, a young girl goes outside and talks to her grieving grandfather. Taking comfort in his granddaughter's innocence, the grandfather tries to explain what has happened, whilst also trying to process the loss of his own daughter. RIVE",�>�.�
Daniel, is an awkward yet loveable older father of two challenging teenage daughters. Feeling the need to compete with the ‘perfect’ father across the road, Daniel sets out to teach his daughters life’s most important lessons in an unconventional way. This only seems to segregate him more, causing both him and his daughters to realize just how dysfunctional their family really is. In the midst of the drama, they finally come together and begin to appreciate the peculiar way their family works whilst also discovering that not all is what it seems with their ‘perfect’ neighbour.