9th Heathcote Film Festival
Saturday 31st August 2019
Water (Australia – 2017) 13 minutes – Drama
Writer/Director: John Harvey
Cast: Deborah Brown & Aaron Pederson
Synopsis: Water is life. And without it, life does not exist.
A pregnant woman must survive in a dystopian world without water.
Backseat Driver (UK – 2019) 8 minutes – Drama
Director: Rich Peppiatt Writers: Rich Peppiatt & Danny Wigley
Cast: Michael Fenton Stevens, Kirsten Foster & Shiraz Haq
Synopsis: A banker becomes the target of his chauffeur's fury - but is the power dynamic on these four wheels quite what meets the eye?
Birdie (USA – 2018) 8 minutes – Drama
Writer/Director: Shelley Lauman
Cast: Maeve Dermody, Sam Parsonson & Joshua Brennan
Synopsis: A woman walks alone to the train station. As she descends the stairs to the underground platform she smiles at a young man, he smiles back. With the smallest of gestures, the woman becomes caught in a subtle and sinister game.
Negative Space (France – 2017) 5 minutes – Animation
Writers/Directors: Ru Kuwahata & Max Porter
Cast: Albert Birney
Synopsis: Even though Sam's father is hardly ever home because he is often away on business trips, he is able to connect with his son by teaching him how to pack a suitcase.
The Hitchhiker (Australia – 2019) 13 minutes – Horror
Writer/Director: Adele Vuko
Cast: Liv Hewson, Brooke Satchwell, Claudia Pickering, Isaro Kayitesi & Christiaan Van Vuuren
Synopsis: Jade hits the road to Byron Bay with two besties, resolving to keep her terminal diagnosis on the down-low. When an enigmatic hitchhiker makes her an offer, she finds it hard to refuse.
Apprentice of the Year (Australia – 2015) 8 minutes – Comedy
Writer/Director: Justin Evans
Cast: Shane Jacobson, Fiona Harris & Layne Ellis
Synopsis: When a builder takes advantage of his apprentice, he finds out the hard way to never underestimate anyone.
Ritual(Australia – 2018) 15 minutes – Drama
Writer/Director: Robert Linsley
Cast: Gary Sweet, Rory Potter, Sam O’Dell & Alison Whyte
Synopsis: For the Devlin family God is everything. When their eldest daughter disappears from their remote farm, the local cop sent to investigate is disturbed by what he uncovers.
The Polygamist(Australia – 2014) 7 minutes – Comedy
Director: Craig Melville Writers: Craig Melville & Adele Vuko
Cast: Sarah Bishop, Anthony Taufo, Martin Dingle-Wall & Steen Raskopoulos
Synopsis: Polly is involved in a multiple-partner relationship. Life in a modern polygamous marriage seems to be great, but is this alternative lifestyle beginning to take its toll on her? When the cracks begin to show we realize that perhaps polygamy isn't everything she hoped it would be.
Be You T. Fool (Australia – 2019) 6 minutes – Documentary
Writer/Director: Brendan Pinches
Synopsis: An anonymous street artist reveals her secret practice of pasting portraits on the pillars of Chandler Highway Bridge in Melbourne, Australia.
Desert Dash (Australia – 2018) 13 minutes – Comedy/Action
Writer/Director: Gracie Otto
Cast: Damian Walshe-Howling, Krew Boylan & Gracie Otto
Synopsis: On the outskirts of Australia, opals are now the currency for survival in the game of Desert Dash. When a feisty heroine gets the opportunity to 'level up' there is no choice but to win. Game On.
Lost & Found (Australia – 2018) 7 minutes – Animation
Directors: Andrew Goldsmith & Bradley Slabe Writer: Bradley Slabe
Synopsis: Lost & Found is a stop motion short film that tugs at the heartstrings. A clumsy crochet dinosaur must unravel itself to save the love of its life.
Jackrabbit(Australia – 2018) 9 minutes – Comedy
Writer/Director: Alex Feggans
Cast: Boris Brkic, Nicholas Burton & Manuel Caputo
Synopsis: Based on a true story. An Italian backpacker stops at a remote gas station in Australia and is confronted with a strange situation.