7th Heathcote Film Festival

 Saturday 26th August 2017


The same films are shown at the Matinee and the Evening Session

Session One


Drawcard (Australia – 2016)                                                                                             7 minutes – Comedy

Director: Antonio Oreña-Barlin Writers: Adam Dunn & Thomas Mitchell

Cast:  Adam Dunn, Anthony Gee & Isaro Kayitesi & Anthony Phelan

Synopsis: They say a picture tells a thouisand words, sometimes it's better to keep your mouth shut



Pigeon: Impossible (USA – 2009)                                                                               6 minutes – Animation

Director: Lucas Martell Writers: Lucas Martell & Austen Menges

Synopsis: The tale of Walter, a rookie secret agent faced with a problem seldom covered in basic training: what to do when a curious pigeon gets trapped

inside your multi-million dollar, government-issued nuclear briefcase? 


Olympic Nick: A Donutumentary (Australia – 2015)                                    9 minutes – Documentary

Directors: Rachel Morssink & Ian Tran Writer: Rachel Morssin

Cast: Nick Tsiligiris

 Synopsis: What happens when a $3.7 billion dollar regional rail project gets derailed by a 76-year-old man and his humble doughnut van? 

Walter (Australia – 2016)                                                                                                 10 minutes – Comedy

Writer/Director: Dave Wade

Cast: Wayne Anthony, Andrew Carr, Chris Duncan, Sheanna Howell & Chrissie Page

 Synopsis: Its 1969 - Two young hippies accidentally run over a dog belonging to a family of proud war veterans 


La Madre Buena (UK - 2016 )                                                                                   6 minutes – Comedy

Writer/Director: Sarah Clift

Cast: Monica Del Carmen, Rupert Degas, Abraham Espindola & Mary Paz Mata

Synopsis: A Mexican mother, with her only child's birthday looming, embarks upon an epic journey across land and through her politics, to find the right piñata for her son...


Latte e Miele (Australia – 2014) 13 minutes - Drama
Writers/Directors: Andrea Demetriades, Louise Mignone

Cast: Andrea Demetriades, Louise Mignone, John Bluthal, Matthew Becker

Synopsis: Sisters, Sofia and Liliana arrive in a rural town in New South Ales in  1953. They have travelled far from their hometown in Naples, Italy
in search of a new life in a country that is labelled 'the new America'.


Mute (Netherlands - 2014)                                                                                              5 minutes – Animation

Writers/Directors/Animators: Marieke Blaauw, Joris Oprins & Job Roggeveen

Synopsis: In a world populated by people without a mouth, a gory accident leads to the discovery a mouth can be created by cutting yourself.

This unleashes an enthusiastic chain reaction among the population!



Session Two

Death in Bloom (Australia– 2015)                                                                                 12 minutes – Comedy

Writer/Director: Dael Oates  

Cast:  Ewen Leslie & Robyn Nevin

Synopsis: A quirky dark comedy about a door-to-door 'death' salesman, who struggles to close a deal with a fabulously difficult customer.


A Single Life (Netherlands - 2014)                                                                               3 minutes – Animation

Writers/Directors/Animators: Marieke Blaauw, Joris Oprins & Job Roggeveen

Synopsis: When Pia plays a mysterious vinyl record single, she suddenly knows how to travel through her own life.


Best Man (United Kingdom - 2016)                                                                                  5 minutes – Comedy 

Director: Freddie Hall Writers: Freddie Hall & Oliver Kember

Cast: Rose D’Aulbey, Ben Hall & Josh O’Connor
Synopsis: Donald is engaged and wants Patrick to be his best man. However when Patrick is asked to go beyond the call of duty he starts to question Donald's sanity.


Slingshot (Australia - 2015)                                                                                              13 minutes – Comedy 

Writer/Director: David Hansen

Cast: Natasha Thompson & Ruaumoko Toatoa 

Synopsis: Frankie is a 10-year-old kid on summer vacation at a run-down trailer park. When Tayla, a 10-year-old girl, shows a romantic interest,
Frankie’s holiday becomes a whole lot more complicated. Slingshot is an amusing analogy on modern love told through the eyes of one of its latest victims.


Stutterer (United Kingdom - 2015)                                                                                     12 minutes - Drama 

Writer/Director: Benjamin Cleary  

Cast: Matthew Needham, Chloe Pirrie & Eric Richard

Synopsis: A man whose lush inner thoughts are rendered mute by a crippling stutte, feels isolated from the world despite a flourishing online relationship.


She Sells (Australia – 2015)                                                                                                 5 minutes - Comedy

Writer/Director: Jordan Bond  

Cast: Sasha Byrne & Tony Moclair 

Synopsis: An epic sales negotiation between a cutthroat business executive and a surly little girl.


Jiffy (Spain – 2015)                                                                                                             2 minutes – Animation

Writer/Director: Robert Valle

Synopsis: It's ten o'clock. A family sits down at the table. It's dinner time.


All films are unrated: some strong language and adult themes.