Animation Shorts: Beneath the Surface Ages 15+

11.45AM Sun 30 Jan 2022 (1hr 2mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Free

SYNOPSIS

Lost Property Office 2017 dir. Daniel Agdag (9:45 mins)

"Edward Hopper is a meticulous and thorough custodian of a large city transit’s Lost Property Office. In many ways you could describe him as lost at the items he is tasked to look after. Alone, in the basement office, he’s kept company by a tiny toy robot and an old gramophone, both of which he has lovingly restored after finding them lost and broken at train stations. It also becomes clear he has been made redundant and by no means because of the lack of his fastidious efforts - it just seems nobody visits the Lost Property Office much anymore. As the end of the day approaches and the sun begins to dip, so too does Ed’s mood and demeanor. But rather than abandon his beloved Lost Property Office and all its forgotten relics he has cared for, he decides to re-appropriate them. What emerges from the darkened basement is wondrous and whimsical." Daniel Agdag

Underground 2007 dir. Audrey Lam (4:15 mins)

"Moira falls down the rabbit hole of a railway station stairwell. She enters a frantic underworld that is deliriously cracking open and coming apart. The technique of stop-motion photo-collage creates a fragmented and erratic canvas for the film, as bits of paper add to and give way to one another." Audrey Lam

Writer’s Block 1995 dir. Leon Cmielewski (5:27 mins)

"Writer's block can be terminal; a combination of live action and model animation; "best animation", 1995 Melbourne International Film Festival." National Film and Sound Archive, Canberra

Episodes in Disbelief 2000 dir. Ann Shenfield (7 mins)

"Is it possible to know if a seed discovered after a thousand years is that of a now vanished magnolia or instead that of a virulent presently extinct weed? A film which explores childhood speculations on various issues such as time and space, sight and sightlessness, trauma and hope." Screen Australia

Unravelling 2001 dir Ann Shenfield  (6 mins)

"What happens when a woman no longer feels she fits in? Is she on the verge of a breakdown, has she lost her mind? Or is a world full of possibilities opening before her? A metaphoric journey through breakdown." Screen Australia

The Moment 2010 dir. Troy Bellchambers, Shane McNeil (13:17 mins)

"Combining thousands of still images set within digitally created environments, The Moment tells the story of an old man torn from his slumber by a horrible and unshakable vision. Exploring themes of memory, guilt and identity, The Moment chronicles the inner narrative of an octogenarian struggling with Alzheimer’s Disease and a nagging belief that he may have killed his wife.

The Moment is an adaptation of a short story originally written by award-winning comedian Shaun Micallef. Starring Ralph Cotterill and Barbara West, the film premiered in March 2011 at the Bigpond Adelaide Film Festival." Troy Bellchambers, Shane McNeil

Pa 2001 dir. Neil Goodridge (6 mins)

"A seven-year-old boy's fantasy about the relationship he might have had with his grandfather, had they met." Screen Australia

Uncle 1996 dir. Adam Elliot (6 mins)

"The biography of a humble man, his lemon tree, chihuahua and crumpets. Uncle is brought to life in claymation and is Adam Elliot’s debut at what has become his signature technique. It is part one of a trilogy of claymation portraits, followed by Cousin (1998) and Brother (1999). The animator-director drew on the lives of his family for inspiration and the portrayals of these characters are endearing in their eccentricities, flawed and very human." Antoinette Starkiewicz

Lovely Day 1996 dir. Chris Backhouse (3:37 mins)

“An oil painting animation. A woman sings 'It's a Lovely Day Today' whilst accompanying herself on piano. Objects and creatures evolve around her as the song progresses.” National Film and Sound Archive, Canberra

CREDITS

Lost Property Office 2017

DIGITAL, STOP MOTION ANIMATION, COLOUR, STEREO, 9:45 MINUTES, AUSTRALIA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR/SCRIPT: DANIEL AGDAG / PRODUCER: LIZ KEARNEY / ANIMATOR: PIERCE DAVISON / COSTUME DESIGNER: MELANIE ETCHELL / MUSIC: C.W. STONEKING / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: DANIEL AGDAG / SCREENING FORMAT: DCP

Underground 2007

DIGITAL, STOP MOTION (CUT-OUT) ANIMATION, BLACK AND WHITE, STEREO, 4:15 MINUTES, AUSTRALIA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR/ANIMATOR: AUDREY LAM / MUSIC: ANDREW FOLEY / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: AUDREY LAM / SCREENING FORMAT: DCP

Writer’s Block 1995

16MM, STOP MOTION ANIMATION AND LIVE ACTION, BLACK AND WHITE, MONO, 5:27 MINUTES, AUSTRALIA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR/SCRIPT/ANIMATOR: LEON CMIELEWSKI / PRODUCER: DENNIS TUPICOFF / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: NATIONAL FILM AND SOUND ARCHIVE, CANBERRA / SCREENING FORMAT: 16MM

Episodes in Disbelief 2000

35MM, STOP MOTION ANIMATION, COLOUR, STEREO, 7 MINUTES, AUSTRALIA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR/PRODUCER/SCRIPT/ANIMATOR: ANN SHENFIELD / MUSIC: GREGG OSBORNE / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: FLICKERFEST / SCREENING FORMAT: DCP

Unravelling 2001

35MM, STOP MOTION ANIMATION, COLOUR, STEREO, 6 MINUTES, AUSTRALIA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR/PRODUCER/SCRIPT/ANIMATOR: ANN SHENFIELD / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: FLICKERFEST / SCREENING FORMAT: DCP

The Moment 2010

DCP, TIME-LAPSE ANIMATION, COLOUR, STEREO, 13:17 MINUTES, AUSTRALIA, ENGLISH / DIRECTORS: TROY BELLCHAMBERS, SHANE MCNEIL / PRODUCERS: JUSTIN WIGHT, KRISTIAN MOLIERE / SCRIPT: SHANE MCNEIL / CINEMATOGRAPHER: NICK. MATTHEWS / LEAD ANIMATOR: JUSTIN WIGHT / MUSIC: JUSTIN POUNSETT / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: TROY BELLCHAMBERS, SHANE MCNEIL / SCREENING FORMAT: DCP

Pa 2001

DIGITAL, TIME LAPSE AND 2D COMPUTER ANIMATION, COLOUR, STEREO, 6 MINUTES, AUSTRALIA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR/SCRIPT/ANIMATOR: NEIL GOODRIDGE / PRODUCER: ANDREW MCVITTY / MUSIC: TOM FITZGERALD / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: NEIL GOODRIDGE / SCREENING FORMAT: DCP

Uncle 1996

16MM, STOP MOTION (CLAY) ANIMATION, BLACK AND WHITE, MONO, 6 MINUTES, AUSTRALIA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR/SCRIPT/ANIMATOR: ADAM ELLIOT / PRODUCERS: ROBERT STEPHENSON, SARAH WATT, ANN SHENFIELD / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: ADAM ELLIOT / SCREENING FORMAT: DCP

Lovely Day 1996

16MM, HAND-PAINTED ANIMATION, COLOUR, MONO, 3:37 MINUTES, AUSTRALIA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR/ SCRIPT/ANIMATOR: CHRIS BACKHOUSE / MUSIC: IRVING BERLIN / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: NATIONAL FILM AND SOUND ARCHIVE, CANBERRA / SCREENING FORMAT: 16MM