By Kate Wilson
This has been a whirlwind weekend of movie-going. So much to love about Cinefest Oz, Bun Vegas styles!
On Saturday night I checked out the Side Bar short film night at BREC with a group of friends. Actually I crashed the birthday party of a friend of a friend, but that still counts as a group of friends, right? Right. Moving on.
There were 9 shorts in total, most of them Western Australian, a couple from other states, one Aussie-made animation with a Latvian flavour and one in Spanish with a French director.
The highlights for me were Bush Basher, Cockatoo, Talking Dog for Sale and Henry and Aaron's 7 Steps to Superstardom - Become Heroes. Henry and Aaron, stars of the latter, were our hosts for the evening, and I think most people in the audience will agree with me that they were more entertaining on the big screen than they were live on our stage. It was good that they came down and gave it a shot, maybe just not the right crowd for their senses of humour?
But I'll forgive them because their film was hilarious! Herny and Aaron's 7 Steps to Superstardom is a web series, which I'm looking forward to checking out now that I've seen one episode. It was a comic book superhero bus hijacking spoof with an awesome dynamite explosion, a chase, and, yes, stretchy costumes.
Bush Basher was probably the darkest film of the night. Small screen favourite Gary Sweet played alongside young actor Harrison Gilbertson in a poignant father-and-son drama that resonated particularly with some of the young men in the audience that I talked to in the intermission.
Cockatoo from NSW was quirky and cute, and Talking Dog for Sale (the Spanish one) was laugh-out-loud hilarious. It could have almost been an ad for something - it was so concise and memorable.
In between films Henry and Aaron interviewed a few of the filmmakers and allowed the audience to ask questions. I have a feeling that over the coming years, as Bunbury's involvement in Cinefest Oz gains momentum, a lot of aspiring local filmmakers will come out of the woodwork to participate in these kinds of events and use the festival as an opportunity to glean wisdom from those in the industry.
Lovely acoustic music was provided in the foyer by Abbie Reilly and Reilly Stuart.