The BLDG BLOG Book: Geoff Manaugh’s Hall of Mirrors

An artificial reef in the Red Sea, which features in the Landscape Futures section. Originally published in Blueprint, 19 August 2009. Los Angeles-based Geoff Manaugh has been described by fellow futurist writer Bruce Sterling as ‘the world’s greatest practitioner of “architecture fiction”’. His online ideas factory, BLDGBLOG, attracts descriptors like ‘promiscuous’ and ‘omnivorous’. His new, […]

Tricks and Treats

Carmen Torero. Originally published in RealTime issue #92 Aug-Sept 2009 pg. 31. IN ITS 9TH ITERATION, THE MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL’S PROGRAMMING POLICY CONTINUES TO BE BRAVE AND ADVENTUROUS, AND THIS RESULTED IN ANOTHER DIVERSE SET OF PROGRAMS. THIS YEAR, THE BOAST WAS THAT MIAF SCREENED OVER 400 FILMS SELECTED FROM OVER 2,000 ENTRIES, SPREAD […]

MIFF 2008: Lo-tech Brilliance

Daumë, Ben Russell. Originally published in RealTime issue #87 Oct-Nov 2008 pg. 23. ONE OF THE INTERESTING THINGS ABOUT THE MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL IS THE ‘PARALLEL WORLD’ EFFECT. THE FESTIVAL YOU EXPERIENCE MAY WELL BE COMPLETELY DIFFERENT FROM ANYONE ELSE’S, SO MUCH SO YOU MAY SOMETIMES WONDER IF YOU WERE AT THE SAME EVENT […]

Puppet Power and Scary Magic

PeursDuNoir [Fear(s) of the Dark] – Burns 06, Charles Burns. Originally published in RealTime issue #86 Aug-Sept 2008 pg. 24. THIS YEAR’S MIAF WAS FLUSH WITH RICHES. SELECTED FROM OVER 2000 ENTRIES, THERE WERE 150 FILMS IN COMPETITION AND 150 OUTSIDE OF IT. THERE WAS AN EIGHT-PROGRAM INTERNATIONAL SELECTION, MUSIC VIDEOS, DIGITAL ANIMATION, STUDIO AND […]

Australian Animation: Quality Wins

Ward 13. Originally published in RealTime issue #84 April-May 2008 pg. 25 IN COMPILING A PROGRAM OF AUSTRALIA’S BEST ANIMATION SHORTS FOR FLICKERFEST, CURATOR ANTHONY LUCAS CHOSE FILMS THAT INSPIRED HIS OWN ANIMATION CAREER, INCLUDING TV COMMERCIALS. LUCAS DESCRIBES THE PROGRAM AS “A RETRO VIEW JUMPED UP ON TANG, WEARING GOLDEN BREED STUBBIES, RIDING A […]

Small Tales and True: Short Film at the Melbourne International Film Festival, 2007

Still from The Boy Who Loved Rain. by Simon Sellars Originally published in RealTime issue #81 Oct-Nov 2007. RECENTLY IN REALTIME AND ELSEWHERE I’VE BEEN CRITICAL OF AUSTRALIAN SHORT FILM AND ANIMATION, SO MUCH SO I’M BEGINNING TO BORE MYSELF (AND DOUBTLESS OTHERS) WITH THE OLD REFRAIN. STILL, I VOICE THESE CRITICISMS FROM A POSITION […]

Animation: Access, Artistry, Limits

Still from Carnivore Reflux. by Simon Sellars Published in RealTime issue #80 Aug-Sept 2007. AT THE MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL’S CAREERS IN ANIMATION FORUM, AN AUDIENCE MEMBER WANTED TO KNOW WHAT INSTITUTIONS LOOK FOR IN THEIR ENTRANCE INTERVIEWS. ROBERT STEPHENSON (VCA) SAID THAT AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE BODY’S MOVEMENT AND MECHANICS IS USEFUL. HE SUGGESTED […]

Tropfest 2007: The Theme is Shit

Best Film Award, Tropfest 07: ‘An Imaginary Life’ (Steve Baker). by Simon Sellars Originally published on Sleepy Brain, 1 April 2007. On April 7 Channel Nine, accompanied by the still-infuriating-after-all-these-years Richard Wilkins, screened the films from the finals of the Sony Tropfest 2007 short-film festival, which was held on February 18. Tropfest purports to showcase […]

Nordic thrills and other good shorts

Still from Sniffer. by Simon Sellars Originally published in RealTime issue #75 Oct-Nov 2006. Although MIFF’s short film agenda was certainly exhaustive, my ‘best on ground’ was the Focus on Nordic Shorts selection, uniformly excellent and sharing the blackest humour, absolute self-deprecation and a savage willingness to torch convention. Sniffer (director Bobbie Peers, Norway, 2005, […]

Melatonin: Warping Dreamscapes

Melatonin, photo: Kirsten Bradley by Simon Sellars Originally published in RealTime Magazine, #62, August/September 2004. I’m told “sleep music” is a new genre: music to listen to while dozing off. Emboldened by this, I visited Bus Gallery with palpable excitement. I’ve often yearned for a club that, instead of inducing forward motion through hyper-accelerated beats, […]