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A scene from Victorian finalist A
Bit Rich, directed by Gregory
Lots to reflect on at Tropfest
Tropfest 2014 has a full bill of punchy
short film panache.
The world's largest short film
festival will be simulcast across Aus-
tralia and see Canberra crowds return
to Stage 88, Commonwealth Park on
Sunday to get a dose of fresh
Tropfest festival and development
manager Henry Kalaf said, as was
tradition, films can be about anything
but each had to incorporate the annual
Tropfest signature item, which for
2014 was a mirror.
He said nine of the 16 finalists had
created comedies but there was plenty
of gritty dramatic film to enjoy too.
"There is quite a lot of comedy but
it changes from year to year," he said.
He said animation and documentary
submissions had been popular but not
as prevalent in the 2014 entries.
In between belly laughs, crowds can
enjoy how Untitled, a NSW drama by
David and Michael Karacic, takes a
look at mental illness with characters
getting to know themselves in the
Equally as chilling is Inverse direc-
ted by Liam Connor, which explores
the cost of a second chance.
There's everything from runaway
brides, chocoholic dentists and the
challenges of finding meaning in life
as a Bondi resident.
Mr Kalaf was the producer of a
2012 finalist film My Consolation.
He said as both a filmmaker and
organiser he had seen from both sides
just how valuable Tropfest was as a
platform for Australian talent over the
past 23 years.
"It provides creatives, filmmakers
and storytellers an opportunity to work
to something and have a deadline," he
"There is nothing like that moment
when your film starts to roll in the
silence of the park and you know there
are 100,000 people across the country
watching." The event will be hosted by
Marc Fennell, Jeannette Francis and
Adam Spencer and screen live across
Australia from 8.30pm.
Mr Kalaf said his tip was to get in
early and check out the next generation
of creative at Trop Jnr from 4pm.
"There will be 15 films by kids
under the age of 15," he said. "Their
signature item this year is fly. They
have run with that in all directions and
there are some incredibly sharp films
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1 Santas of all shapes and
sizes will race along Lake
Burley Griffin on Saturday as
part of the annual Variety
Santa Fun Run. Starting at
8.30am, the six kilometre run
will raise money to support
sick, disadvantaged and
special needs children.
Register online or at the
event from 7am. Each entrant
is given a Santa suit.
2 Iconic folk band The Waifs
play in Canberra as part of
their second national tour of
2014. After the group's first
sold-out tour earlier this year,
fans took to social media
begging for more. Now their
calls are answered. Check out
The Waifs at 7.30pm on
Thursday at the Canberra
Theatre Centre as part of
their On the Road tour.
Tickets $53.50-$58.50 from
3 The Russian Bazaar
returns on Saturday. Enjoy
tasty delights including
piroshki, borscht, blini,
pelmeni, cakes, plus craft and
a white elephant stall. The
bazaar runs from 10am-2pm
at the Church Hall, 4 Matina
4 Jazz musicians Alex
Raupach and Aiden Lowe
perform at the Drill Hall
Gallery's Velocity exhibition
on Wednesday from 5.30pm
to 7pm. The exhibition traces
a history of modern art and
this duo performance brings
together Lowe from Berlin
and Raupach, of Melbourne,
for the first time.
5 Three-time Grammy
nominated blues artist
Joan Armatrading will
perform in Canberra on
Tuesday, as part of her last
major world tour. The prolific
British songwriter has
released more than 20
acclaimed albums through
her 42-year career. This
unique series of solo shows
will be a musical voyage
through her major hits.
Tickets $95-$137.50 from
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