Shorts Session 1
MELBOURNE A CITY SLEEP
By Jamie Van Leeuwen
In March 2020, Melbourne changed. Our way of life became disrupted by a global pandemic. This micro documentary explores those impacts.
By Tess McArthur-Dowty
Vigilance explores how it feels to be a woman moving through the world at night, and reclaims the horror-like nightscape of Melbourne to open discussions about whether it is worth trading freedom of movement for feelings of safety.
By Zhang Xiaoan
The film records a day of Akebaierjiang, an Uyghur young man living in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, China. He is passionate about dancing when not working as a doctor on the night shift at the Emergency Centre. As an ER doctor, he is committed, but he never has the same enthusiastic enjoyment as when dancing.
BRIGHT LIGHTS - THE PERILS OF THE POKIES
By Charby Ibrahim
A 25-year addiction to poker machine gambling has cost ‘Sharon’ almost everything... and very nearly her life in this short, fully animated documentary, voiced by Claudia Karvan.
By Nick Barkla
Max, a traumatised war veteran, finds healing working with a traumatised ex-racehorse.
OUT OF THE CLOSETS, INTO THE STREETS
By Jary Nemo
In 1970s Melbourne, Australia, a group of students made a stand for gay pride at a time when homosexuality was criminalised and discrimination and abuse was widespread. When being gay meant hiding your true self. Where the act of coming out was a radical form of protest. More than 40 years on, Gay Liberation Front members reflect on the impact of those days.
AFRICA ON AIR
By Tom Lowe
As a community radio presenter with one of the only African music shows in Australia, Stani Goma is at the epicentre of Melbourne’s African culture and society. Since arriving in Melbourne nearly 30 years ago, this position has allowed Stani to witness change within Melbourne’s African population while also giving him influence over the soundtrack to that change. ‘Africa on Air’ uses Stani’s unique perspective to understand where African culture in Melbourne has come from and where it is headed. It allows the viewer to peer into the lives of the listeners; introducing a range of characters whose rationales for listening to the show frame some of the broader issues surrounding African identity in Melbourne.
AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE
By Mark Hellinger
After the 2015 Nepalese earthquake thousands of houses were destroyed. Families were forced to build temporary housing to live in. Four years later nothing has changed. How do these people survive and what hope do they have?
SUPERHEROES AND ME
By Liam Burke
Superheroes & Me is an affectionate portrait of the many ways that superheroes inspire us. With contributions from superhero stars, comic creators, and costume-clad fans, Superheroes & Me unmasks how these escapist fantasies can bring people together and provide hope in difficult times.
Deluxe: In-Cinema dining session.
Event: Special event screening, complimentary & discount tickets do not apply
CC & AD: Closed Captions or Audio Description available for individual/personal use in those shows indicating a 'CC & AD' notation on a film's session time booking button. Please note that only selected sessions are capable of offering the Closed Captions or Audio Description option, please contact the cinema in the event of confusion to avoid disappointment.
Session times for the new cinema week, commencing each Thursday, will be released the Tuesday afternoon prior