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Year: 2016

Classification: M

Runtime: 14 min

Produced In: Australia

Directed By: Darlene Johnson

Produced By: Heather Oxenham

Language: English

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August 2016: BLUEY wins 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".

This short drama 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.


  • 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

Film Festivals

  • Official Selection - Kinofilm '13th, International Short Film Festival, Manchester, UK
  • Official Selection - Melbourne International Film Festival
  • Official Selection - Odense International Film Festival, Denmark

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