Australia has long been known for its blockbuster films and well-known actors and actresses. Think Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Mel Gibson, Eric Bana, and Cate Blanchette.
The Projectionist is an aural and visual narrative which threads together a story about an old cinema projectionist and an elaborate series of huge projected images, which represents his memories.
Mallgoers at SM City Davao will have the rare opportunity to see another side of Australian cinema in Animate, a festival of short and feature length animated Australian films from November 30-December 5 at SM City Davao Cinema 1.
1 Footnote is a story of two alienated characters transfer symbols to unravel tradition and authority. This will be shown at Cinema 1 at 5:00 PM.
Animate is this year’s theme of the Australian Film Festival, which is now on its 8th year. This time, it will feature groundbreaking animation films such as Adam Eliot’s clay animation masterpiece Mary and Max; his Oscar winning Harvie Krumpet; Look Both Ways, an innovative mix of live action and surreal animation live sequences.
1. Birthday Boy is an award winning short film receiving numerous awards like the Oscar Animation for Best short animation in 2005; Best Animated Short Film in 2004 Siggraph Art Show ; 2004 Prixa Ars Electronica, Award of Distinction for Computer Animation / Visual Effecxts and Yoram Gross Animation Award for 2004 Sydney Film Festival.
Other must see films include Oscar nominated short films Ward I3, The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello, and Birthday Boy; as well as thought provoking shorts such as The Projectionist Footnote and Mother Tongue, as well as the highly entertaining Mozzie and The Magic Pudding.
Magic Pudding is a truly unique animated film about a pudding – or rather puddin’ – that talks, enjoys being eaten but never runs out and can turn itself into just about anything pretty much, and everyone is trying to steal it. This film will be shown on December 4 and 5 at 5:00 PM.
“The Embassy is pleased to continue our tradition of providing Filipinos the opportunity to experience Australian Film Fest excellence,” says HE Australian Ambassador Rod Smith. “That way they can learn more about Australian popular culture, history, and contemporary values.”
Mother Tongue is a story of a man who receives audiocassettes from his family overseas and their voices measure the real and imaginary distances between them. This will be shown on December 2
at Cinema 1 at 5:00 PM.
The Australian film industry holds the distinction of producing the world’s first full- length feature film, The Story of the Kelly Gang, in 1906. Australian. Likewise, its state of the art digital effects and spectacular locations also make it a sought after location for filming and post production of foreign movies, including The Matrix trilogy, Superman Returns, and Charlotte’s Web.
Mary and Max is a claymated feature film which is a simple tale of friendship between two very different people. Their friendship survives much more than the average diet of life’s ups and downs. This will be showing on December 2 and December 4 at 5:00 PM.
Catch Animate, the 8th Australian Film Festival, from November 30 to December 5 at Cinema 1 of SM City Davao. The event is project of The Australian Embassy, SM Cinema, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Screen Australia, Philippine Airlines, and Makati Shangrila. Media partners include 2nd Avenue, Jack TV, Click the City.com and 99 RT.
You may also log on to www.philippinesembassygovau for more details and screening schedules.