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Runtime: 14 min
Produced In: Australia
Directed By: Darlene Johnson
Produced By: Heather Oxenham
In August 2016, BLUEY won the Best Short Film award at the First Peoples Festival, Montreal.The official citation reads (translated from French): "The director looks right into the darkness of a troubled teenage girl's soul, with precise and spare writing that gets to the heart of the matter. The film conveys all the emotional storms of adolescence with pure images where no artifice muffles the impact of the story".
cA moving and powerful portrait of a young woman (played by Tasia Zalar) trapped in a cycle of violence, hopelessness and despair. She meets a mystery mentor who could change everything.
This short drama is written and directed by Darlene Johnson (director of THE REDFERN STORY, CROCODILE DREAMING, GULPILIL: ONE RED BLOOD and STOLEN GENERATIONS) is a moving and powerful portrait of a young woman (played by Tasia Zalar), trapped in a cycle of violence, hopelessness and despair. She meets a mystery mentor who could change everything.
"A searing portrait of one young woman's attempt to reconcile past and present as we walk the tightrope of her self-destructive emotions." - Phillip Noyce.
Tasia Zalar is an outstanding actress who went on to appear as Shevorne in Series 1 and 2 of the ABC outback thriller, MYSTERY ROAD.
Tasia Zalar (Bluey, Matt Nable (Mr Mystery), Corey Webster (Johnno), Shea Beadman (Michelle), Billy Shaw Voysey (Gerry), Lynette Curran (Old Woman).
Writer/director Darlene Johnson
Producer – Heather Oxenham
Director of Photography – Tristan Milani ACS
Production Designer – Simon Dobbin
Editor – Bin Li
Composer – Guy Gross
Produced with the assistance of Screen Australia
© 2015, Cult Pictures Pty Ltd and Darlene Johnson
- WINNER! Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film, First Peoples Festival, Montreal, Canada, 2016
- WINNER! Best Short Film, Mexico International Film Festival, 2016
- WINNER! Best Director, Noosa International Film Festival, 2016
- WINNER! Best Indigenous Film, St Kilda Film Festival
- WINNER! Best Short Fiction Film Nominee, 2016 AACTA Awards
- WINNER! Event Cinema Award - Best Short Screenplay, Sydney Film Festival, 2015
- WINNER! Best Director (short film), Australian Directors Guild
- WINNER! Best Australian Short Film, Human Rights Arts and Film Festival
- WINNER! Best Actor (for Tasia Zalar), St Kilda Film Festival, 2016
- WINNER! Silver Award (for Tristan Milani ACS), NSW Australian Cinematographers Society, 2015
- WINNER! Rising Indigenous Talent Award, Dungog Film Festival, 2016
- Official Selection - Kinofilm '13th, International Short Film Festival, Manchester, UK
- Official Selection - Melbourne International Film Festival
- Official Selection - Odense International Film Festival, Denmark