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SHORT FILMS

SPOTLIGHT ON BYRON SHORTS The diverse concerns and talents of local filmmakers are on display in this year’s Byron Shorts programme. From witty takes on internet and gambling addiction, to celebrations of artistry, to an unflinching examination of Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers, their work encapsulates some of the globalism, social consciousness and downright fun we might expect from our ‘woke’ community. AFK

TRESPASSERS

A STATE OF PLAY

DUST DEVIL

BCC | SAT 26 | 11.00am

BCC | SAT 26 | 11.00am

BCC | SAT 26 | 11.00am

Australia | 4 min | Dir: Natalie Grube , Luca Fox | Prod: Natalie Grube , Luca Fox , Rhys Hicks | Short | 2019 | World premiere

East Lismore | 12 min | Dir: Jayden Creighton | Prod: Jayden Creighton | Short | 2019 | Australian premiere

Pottsville | 12 min | Dir: Robert Sherwood | Prod: Ryan Scanlon | Short | 2019 | World premiere

BCC | SAT 19 | 5.30pm BCC | SAT 26 | 11.00am

AFK means “Away From Keyboard” as any gamer knows. Kyle is a computer nerd who has constructed a fitter version of himself (Sexy Kyle) to perform all his mundane tasks. However he is forced to go AFK when his girlfriend wants to take their relationship to the next level.

Ben and Lucy are siblings travelling interstate to visit their parents. When their car breaks down on a desolate rural road, they seek help at a nearby farm, and soon make a terrible discovery.

Drew has designed his existence around his love for the ocean and everything that it brings: friendships, health, an escape from the mundane, to achieve a real work/life balance.

A drone flies impossibly high in the desert as a voice recalls an unlikely life. The voice continues as compelling use of archive footage illuminates this biographical experience of a Broadway dancer and how she brought her dream of freedom to life in a Death Valley ghost town.

LONE RANGER

GEOFF HANNAH A JOURNEY

WELCOME TO THE MACHINE

MANUS

RM | FRI 25 | 6.00pm BCC | SAT 26 | 11.00am

BCC | SAT 26 | 11.00am

BCC | SAT 26 | 11.00am

Myocum | 27 min | Dir: Ross Bray | Prod: Ross Bray | Short Doc | 2018 | World premiere

The Channon | 4 min | Dir: David Lowe | Prod: David Lowe, Eve Jeffery | Short | 2019

BCC | SAT 26 | 11.00am BCC | SUN 27 | 7.00pm

The story of a country boy who left school at 14, won a Churchill Fellowship to France and became a famous master cabinet maker. His Hannah Cabinet is valued at $1M and is housed in Lismore Regional Art Gallery.

Clara meets a machine who makes her feel like a winner. But with this machine, winning is impossible.

Murwillumbah | 11 min | Dir: Suellen Baker, Marcus Cranney | Prod: Marcus Cranney, Suellen Baker | Short Doc | 2019 | World premiere

A young wooden boat builder from Northern NSW finally completes building his “Ranger”, an Australian designed sailing boat he uses as a family getaway.

Bangalow | 9 min | Dir: Poppy Walker | Prod: Poppy Walker | Short Doc | 2018 | Byron premiere

Lennox Head | 13 min | Dir: Angus McDonald | Prod: Angus McDonald | Short Doc | 2019 | premiere

Hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers have been detained by the Australian Government on Manus Island in PNG for six years. Isolated and unsupported, those that remain are losing hope. Hear them tell their stories, including in a poem by detainee and award-winning writer Behrouz Boochani.

Many of the filmmakers will be in attendance at Spotlight On Byron Shorts

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Byron Bay Film Festival 2019 Programme  

Programme of films and events at the 2019 Byron Bay International Film Festival

Byron Bay Film Festival 2019 Programme  

Programme of films and events at the 2019 Byron Bay International Film Festival