I have the pleasure of my short film ‘Glare’ being included in The Byron Bay International Film Festival. I arrived here yesterday, and I have to say, I never want to leave! It’s such a relaxed and friendly atmosphere all around Byron, I already made two friends on the shuttle from the airport!
So I got in yesterday just in time to catch session #23. The session started with 20 minute short film ‘Parrot’ which was presented by Director Craig Foster and Producer Emma McKenna, then a 1m30 animation ‘A Different Perspective’, and finished with feature film ‘The Story of Luke’.
I really enjoyed this session. It had the subtle theme of acceptance of people who are different. ‘Parrot’ was an interesting take on a coming of age film. In fact it almost was like a coming out film, accept the protagonist is not coming out as gay but rather as an atheist to his deeply religious parents. It was a great long short, and I have a feeling it won’t be long until we see a feature from this team.
‘A Different Perspective’ was a truly great little animation. A very simple idea of an alien planet where the perspective (as in background, middleground and foreground) is very different to ours on earth, was both beautiful and quite hilarious. And was such a cute little metaphor for accepting difference. I wish the director, Chris O’Hara, was here; it would have been really great to meet him!
‘The Story of Luke’ took me a little while to get into. The story focuses on Luke, a young man with autism, who after his sheltering grandmother dies he is thrust very suddenly into the world. At first I was a little frustrated by Lou Taylor Pucci’s portrayal of autism, it felt like a strange impersonation of Johnny Depp in ‘Charlie and The Chocolate Factory’. But as the film continued it really did start to grow on you, and he became more and more convincing. As Luke goes on his quest to get a job and a ‘screw’ the film really turns into something wonderful. The character, all very flawed, were well drawn without being overdone. This was one of those sweet, quiet films that makes you sad when it ends because you really wouldn’t mind sitting with those characters for another few hours.