Press release from Kabuku Public Relations
The Young at Heart Film Festival is pleased to announce the six finalist selections for the Young At Heart Short Film Awards.
Now in its fifth year, the Young At Heart Short Film Awards showcase the best new Australian short films starring seniors, selected from a national
call for submissions.
To be eligible, films must be Australian, run less than 20 minutes and feature one or more lead actors over 60 years of age.
Finalists compete for two $1,000 cash awards. NSW Seniors Week Talent Award that is decided by a jury of industry professionals and recognises
exceptional acting from a person over the age of 60.
The Audience Award goes to the Best Film, as voted for by the audience. The finalists will be screened on the opening night of Young at Heart,
Sydney’s 6th Seniors Film Festival, Thursday March 24 at 6pm at Dendy Opera Quays in Sydney.
Winners will be revealed at the screening.
The finalists are as follows:
THE TELEGRAM MAN
A film by James Khehtie/2010
Starring Jack Thompson, Sigrid Thornton and Gary Sweet
THE TELEGRAM MAN tells the story of people in an Australian country town, who experience first-â€hand, how war inexorably spreads its tentacles
well beyond the battlefield. Here, in the farms and shops and pubs, pain and terror have nothing to do with a hail of bullets.
A film by Gracie Otto/2010
Starring Barry Otto and Julie Forsyth
An ailing bird watcher becomes obsessed with a seamstress living next door when he observes her luring birds into her home. He discovers that
she needs the birds to survive, and that he may hold the key to furthering the species.
A film by Viron Papadopoulos/2010
Starring Chris Asimos
Bill makes an unusual bet with the fractious regulars at his uncle's suburban kafenois (a men's club, café and gambling den all in one) and words
fly in more than one language.
A film by Oliver Waghorn/2009
After responding to some poorly addressed mail with a written complaint, Quentin Samuels soon finds his routine lifestyle unraveling before him.
A film by Nigel Karikari/2009
Staring: Wendy Hughes, Colette Manns, Stephen Leeder
Along a dark and desolate highway old-â€timers Frances and Judy run a tiny truck stop that makes the best vanilla slice for 100 kilometers. After closing up shop one cold and dreary night, their doorstep is darkened by a menacing shadow from their past. Just Desserts is a three-â€handed
thriller with plenty of twists and turns, blood and guts, sexual tension, shameful secrets and a stone cold pie floater. Can two old women take on
their demon and dish him his just desserts?
THIRD AND FOURTH
A film by Alex Barnes/2009
A grumpy old man is disturbed by a noisy new neighbour in the apartment unit above him. The plot thickens when the two retirees come face-to-face
to settle an age-old score.Hilarious and well crafted, Alex Barnes gets all the elements right in ‘Third and Fourth'.
More information on the Young At Heart Short Film Awards and the 6th Annual Young At Heart Seniors Film Festival can be found at www.youngatheart.net.au. Tickets are on sale from March 1st, 2011 at Dendy Opera Quays or www.dendy.com.au.