The Australian film industry is known for its innovation and quality, and for producing unique films carrying a distinct Australian flair that have global appeal. It holds the distinction of producing the world’s first full length feature film, The Story of the Kelly Gang, in 1906. Last year, the Australian Film Festival featured 6 critically-acclaimed films which were run in Manila and in Cebu.
This year, the Australian Embassy in cooperation with SM Cinema and SM City Davao brings to Davao the 8th Australian Film Festival.
The festival’s Davao leg set on November 30 – December 5 (4:00 PM – 8:00 PM) will include 3 full-length animated flicks:
Mary and Max (2009)
Adam Elliot’s 92-minute Mary and Max is a claymated feature film from the creators of the Academy Award winning short animation Harvie Krumpet. It is a simple tale of pen-friendship between two very different people: Mary Dinkle, a chubby lonely eight year old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne; and Max Horovitz, a 44 year old, severely obese, Jewish man with Asperger’s Syndrome living in the chaos of New York.
Spanning 20 years and 2 continents, Mary and Max's friendship survives much more than the average diet of life's ups and downs. Like Harvie Krumpet, Mary and Max is innocent but not naïve, as it takes us on a journey that explores friendship, autism, taxidermy, psychiatry, alcoholism, where babies come from, obesity, kleptomania, sexual difference, trust, copulating dogs, religious difference, agoraphobia and much more.
Look Both Ways (2005)
An innovative mix of animation and live action, set over a scorchingly hot weekend, when people dealing with unexpected events find their lives intersecting. Nick visits a doctor for a routine medical and is given a devastating diagnosis but has to wait until Monday for specialist advice. Meryl, returning from a funeral, has until Monday to finish her project or lose her job. Andy is thrown by his girlfriend’s ultimatum and has to consider the news of her unplanned pregnancy. The convergence of their paths creates an intriguing picture; intimate, universal and uplifting. Directed by Sarah Watt.
Karl Zwicky & Robert Smit’s 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. Oh, and everyone is trying to steal it.
Also featured in the festival are animated short films:
Birthday Boy (2004)
Mother Tongue (2003)
...Mozzie and the Projectionist and Footnote.
Admission is Free. For inquiries, interested parties may call SM City Davao Admin Office at 297.6998.