Proud as punch to have not one, but two short films in the finals of the Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films at Sydney Film Festival this year. Ngurrumbang and Ravage are impressive films that reflect the true diversity in Australian stories and the breadth of talent filtering through the Metro Screen Breaks program for emerging filmmakers supported by Screen NSW.
Over the past 4 years, Metro Screen has been mentoring, training, funding and equipping emerging filmmakers under the watchful eye of David Optiz through the First Break, Breakout and Breakthrough programs. Building on a 30+ year history of supporting the Australian screen sector.
Ngurrumbang, an Historial drama clocks an impressive 17:52 featuring stunning camera work by Adam Howden, English and Wiradjuri language deliberately un-subtitled. In 1850s rural NSW, Kate, the defiant teenage daughter of an Irish settler, reluctantly helps a gravely injured Aboriginal boy. She hides him in the barn and nurses him back to health, but unbeknownst to her, the shelter she offers him is the most dangerous place of all. Ngurrumbang is greater than the sum of parts due to the impressive cast and crew including Director Alex Ryan, Writers Jonathan Shaw and Alex Ryan, produced by Jiao Chen.
Ravage follows the last days of a complicated clandestine affair between a young school teacher (Ashley Ricardo) and her 17-year old student (Joshua Longhurst). The film is a bold and confronting exploration of power and the abuse of it as well as the complexities between the idea of consent and duty of care. This is an incredibly brave debut for Director Jaime Lewis, a sign of things to come.
Joshua Longhurst is a young Sydney based actor, who studied at The Australian Theatre for Young People. Having never studied writing formally he applied and was selected as a participant of the young writers 2011 program facilitated by Metro Screen and ArtStart NSW where he developed the screenplay for Ravage, his first produced short screenplay.
Sydney Film Festival’s first Australian short film awards were presented in 1970 and the festival has been showcasing the best local short film productions ever since.
Sex and death, dreams and nightmares – the finalists in the 2013 Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films capture what makes us tick in magical microcosms of condensed experience. The 10 films compete for three illustrious prizes: the Dendy Live Action Short Award, the Yoram Gross Animation Award and the Rouben Mamoulian Award for Best Director.
The winners are announced at SFF’s Closing Night ceremony on Sunday 16 June. See the films screening as part of the Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films this year here. All finalists screen together in two sessions, with guest filmmakers in attendance:
Sat 15 June 4pm Event Cinemas 4
Sun 16 June 11am Event Cinemas 8
These sessions generally sell out quickly, so get in quick and secure your seat.