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All short films

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Plains Empty 2005

Plains Empty functions as a metaphor for the whole Australian landscape, where the living characters are beset by the spirits of the past, and at no time is the past truly absent.

Pleasure Domes 1987

The first Australian animation to compete at Cannes, Pleasure Domes is a reflection on the inevitability of attaching associations to perceptions of landscape.

Project Vlad 1999

This 3D animated short is about the loneliness of the long distance astronaut.

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Redback 1995

In this playful animated short, a redback spider wreaks the ultimate humiliation on his male tormentor.

Redfern Beach 2001

Redfern Beach is a love story between two people from different cultural backgrounds, set in a fish-processing factory.

Revolving Door 2006

A snapshot of St Kilda’s illegal sex industry and the people it affects.

Road 2000

A film that emphasises the strangeness of the city, where a black fella has a hard time getting a cab, and more often than not, anything can happen.

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Sa Black Thing 2005

This romantic comedy explores the role that cultural values play in the romance between two Indigenous characters.

The Safe House 2006

A young Lee Whitmore attempts to unravel the mystery of the spies living next door.

Saturday Night, Sunday Morning 1999

The film offers few answers or a resolution and presents a possibility of characters trapped in an experience from which all are seeking liberation.

Serving Suggestion 1998

In this animated short, little Kevin’s rampage at the supermarket goes too far.

Shadowland 1988

In Anthony Lucas’s animated student film, humanity evolves in a savage landscape.

Shadow Panic 1989

An experiment in structure, Shadow Panic reflects the influence at the time of French screen theorists on Australian feminist filmmaking.

Shifting Sands – Grace 1998

This short drama from Wesley Enoch depicts the emotional journey of an Indigenous woman back to Australia for the funeral of her sister.

Shifting Sands – My Bed Your Bed 1998

This short romantic drama from Erica Glynn uses the power of silence to communicate the tension between two characters who have been promised to each other.

Shifting Sands – My Colour, Your Kind 1998

When under threat of having their children stolen by authorities, Indigenous mothers resorted to darkening their fair-skinned children with mud and charcoal.

Shifting Sands – Passing Through 1998

A directorial debut from filmmaker and celebrity chef Mark Olive, Passing Through weaves myth and legend to tell an Indigenous-flavoured ghost story.

Shifting Sands – Promise 1997

This is essentially a love story told in the absence of the love interest – grandfather – that resonates as one of those moments that are a cherished memory.

Shifting Sands – Tears 1997

Tears introduces the two main characters from Ivan Sen’s feature film Beneath Clouds, and also presents the elements that shape his later feature.

Shit Skin 2002

This beautiful short drama tells of a young man who takes his grandmother back to the place of her childhood to reconnect with her surviving family.

Small Treasures 1995

In this animated short, a pregnant woman imagines the worst domestic disasters befalling her unborn child.

Snake Dreaming 2002

A short drama written and performed by Indigenous children about the Stolen Generations. It won Best Indigenous Film at the Alice Springs Youth Festival in 2002.

Snippy is an Artful Dodger c1925

This charming example of an early Australian cartoon superimposes cell animation over freeze-frames of live action to create Snooks’s dream world.

The Summer of 77 2001

In this live action-animated short, a newly single woman runs into a former teenage crush and relives the summer they met.

Swinger 1995

A story of changing luck told through messages on an answering machine and a messy apartment.

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This Woman is Not a Car 1982

An imaginative examination of sexual violence, This Woman is Not a Car turns the suburban dream of marriage and conformity into a nightmare.

Tiga 1987

This animated short film is an homage to an extinct Australian species.

Turn Around 2002

Director Samantha Saunders refers to her film as a 'girl fantasy’ and it is refreshing to have an all-Indigenous cast in a romantic comedy.

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Uncle 1996

The biography of a humble man, his lemon tree, chihuahua and crumpets.

Union Street 1990

An ordinary city street is revealed as a ‘street of many colours’.

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A Walk with Words: The Poetry of Romaine Moreton 2000

This short biographical film showcases the life and poetry of performance artist Romaine Moreton and her struggles to gain freedom.

Ward 13 2003

This animated short is about the nightmare thrills and spills of a hospital patient.

We Aim to Please 1976

We Aim to Please incorporated experimental and feminist ideas and was a bold break away from the narrative films and factual documentaries of the time.

Wind 1999

The story of a black tracker – an Indigenous man employed by whites to hunt fellow Indigenous people – and a man with loyalties divided between two cultures.

Winging It 1998

A short animation about a young man who recalls a piece of family lore which helps him out of a potentially tricky situation.

The Workman’s Nightmare 1951

In the first short film from amateur filmmakers the Straford Brothers, a young man falls asleep on his work break and dreams that his ladder attacks him.

A World to Conquer 1956

In this amateur science-fiction short, an alien surveillance camera lands in a man’s backyard, but his wife does not believe him.

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Zipper 1998

This tongue-in-cheek live action-animated short blames the zipper for unleashing women’s sexuality.

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