AUSTRALIAN AND INTERNATIONAL SHORTS AT THE 16TH WOW FILM FESTIVAL 2009
The 16th WOW Film Festival is proud to present 6 programs of Australian & International Short films through the festival week from 14th -18th October, 2009
Here are some highlights from our Programs of Short films…….
‘fOUR’ Is a Multi-award winning film from AFTRS directed and written by Erin White fOUR Free love, friendship, family and fondue. It’s 1974 and two couples with troubled marriages meet in a quiet Australian suburb. Vincent and Penelope have been unsuccessfully trying to have a baby for years; and Kit and Diana are bound up in a cycle of miscommunication and disconnectedness. The four suddenly find themselves embroiled in a sexual revolution. Together. But an unexpected pregnancy threatens to tear the foursome apart. Is this the end of what could have been a beautiful relationship? fOUR is the story of 2 and 2 finding a way to become 5 and brings a whole new meaning to the phrase, who’s your daddy’ fOUR explores the issue of unconventional families. Ultimately it’s a film about learning to be yourself in order to be happy. fOUR shows that love doesn’t always work as it should, sometimes it just works.
‘MISCONNECT’ is a World Premiere directed and written by Aloura Charles from the USA. Aloura Charles will be a guest at the WOW Film Festival and will introduce her film on the Opening Night, Wednesday 14th October at the Chauvel Cinema. She will also be participating in the Filmmakers Forum:
“Director’s Vision Through the Cinematographer’s Lens” with her cinematographer,
Ming D’Arcy on Sunday 18th October at the AFTRS Theatre. WORLD PREMIERE of this short fiction shot in Sydney and Los Angeles. “A misdialed phone call connects Mei, an older Chinese woman with Will, a boy in Sydney. Each is isolated and trapped in different ways, and somehow the two form a bond, helping each other in a way that no one else can.”
‘PALESTINE, BEER & OKTOBERFEST UNDER OCCUPATION’ is an Australian Premiere. Directed, written and produced by Lara Van Raay, a Canberra based filmmaker. Lara Van Raay has been involved in the production of over 30 short films and documentaries and has worked in the television industry for over 10 years. AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE of this entertaining documentary which weaves a story around the first brewing company in Palestine. Nadim’s mission is to get everyone drunk and happy! Meet the father and daughter team who created Palestine’s first beer and see a different side of Palestine, where Jews, Muslims and Christians all drink together in peace. This is a heart warming story of success which touches on the politics of Jewish settlements, control of natural resources and the difficulties of doing business under occupation.
Filmed at the Oktoberfest in the Christian town of Taybeh on Palestine’s West Bank this is a light, festive and positive story from Palestine that you never get to see.