Saturday night, 6 June at the Briagolong Film Festival is devoted to Short Film, providing the region’s leading showcase for new Gippsland filmmakers. Screening for the shorts start at 7.30pm to run until around 8.45pm, featuring discussion with ABC Open’s Rachael Lucas, who was available to assist filmmakers with their editing. The selected entries cover a wide range of creative themes and stories, from a stressed professional “tree-changer” coming to a small town and finding her feet via a batch of scones, to a story of a farmer who takes matters into his own hands and ends up facing life-threatening choice. Tickets for the Saturday night session, with the double-bill featurettes are $10/$8 conc.
After Saturday night’s intermission, there will be a double bill of featurettes also boast a local connection. Briagolong couple, Michèle Adler and Rod McMillan retraced the journey of Michele’s grandfather, Ted Ryko, an adventurer-photographer who cycled in 1914 on a record-setting trek from Adelaide to Darwin, which is told in Ryko’s Ride. Rod and Michèle will be interviewed about their film. There is also an incredible exhibition “Ryko – A Wild Ride” on loan from the NT Library only for the weekend, featuring artifacts from the trip Ryko’s highly sought-after photographs of the Top End of that era, and the replica bicycle Michele used in her journey. The official opening of the exhibition is at 4.30pm on Saturday, but the exhibition will be open at the hall from 11am to 9pm Saturday and Sunday.
The second featurette, A Good and Faithful Servant , was shot in and around Briagolong by a Melbourne filmmaking team in 2014. It tells the story of a young man, new to the tough conditions of the forestry industry, who must survive his first expedition through the bush and his employer’s initiation ceremonies. Lead actor, Jasper Bagg, and Director of Photography, Tom Chapman, will attend the screening to be interviewed about their work by Rachael Lucas.
For those who can’t make it to Saturday night’s screening, the short film entry screenings will be repeated on Sunday morning from 11am, at a ticket price of $2. We’ll provide links to the final entries once they become available after the festival’s close.