Sense of Enlightenment (2012)


silver queen

"An assault on the senses that intrigues and provokes.” David Michael Brown, Senior Editor, Empire Magazine Australia


A silver queen. A straw hat. The sound of croaking frogs. A silent scream.

These are the experiences Ben, an old man with a hearing impediment continues to encounter. Lately he has also been receiving anonymous postcards from southeast Asia.

One day his wife discovers a hidden box containing some shocking secrets about Ben's past which offer clues as to the identity of the postcard sender.

OFFICIAL SELECTION: EUROSHORTS 2012; L'ETRANGE FILM FESTIVAL 2013

 

This is Slovenia (2007)

Josko Joras is a man between two fires. He lives on the disputed border between Slovenia and Croatia.

OFFICIAL SELECTION: *UPPSALA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL; *RIO DE JANEIRO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL; *BRISTOL ENCOUNTERS FILM FESTIVAL.
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Autist (2000)

 

A girl wanders the city streets; the bright world around her becomes a terrifyingly oppressive environment as she tries to make sense of her lonely life. Afraid to communicate and ridiculed for her attempts, it's a cautionary tale of the modern world we live in.

Autist takes the unnerving style of 'Purgatory' and broadens its scope, the assured camera work showing a visual stylist totally at home behind the camera.

AWARDS:
CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (INTERCOM) 2000 – Silver Plaque
CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2000 - 2nd prize Experimental Entry
SOUTH BRONX FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL 2000 – Best Experimental Film
AUSTRALIAN CINEMATOGRAPHERS SOCIETY (ACS) AWARDS 2001 – Best Cinematography
SABINA INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL Italy 200 – Best International Short
HOUSTON WORLDFEST FILM FESTIVAL 2001 – Silver Award
TOKYO VIDEO FESTIVAL 2002 – Video Communication Prize
DURANGO FILM FESTIVAL USA 2001 – Special Jury Prize
BARE BONES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Oklahoma 2001 – Best Silent Film

OFFICIAL SELECTION:
SANTA MONICA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2001 (Finalist); MILAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2000; ROME INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL 2001; PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL 2001; CINEQUEST - SAN JOSE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2001; COMMONWEALTH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Manchester 2002; FILMFEST DRESDEN Germany 2001; PUCCIANI ALTERNATIVE FILM FESTIVAL Italy 2001; LA MARATÓ DE L'ESPECTACLE Barcelona 2001; AVANCA FILM FESTIVAL Portugal 2001; INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF URUGUAY 2001; CONEY ISLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Sept 2001; ANCHORAGE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Alaska 2001

Purgatory (1999)

 

A young woman awakens in a hospital bed, as she staggers to her feet the world around takes on an otherworldly ambience. Her circular, unending life revolves into a nightmarish loop as she confronts herself and her dead end existence.

A fine example of breathtaking camera virtuosity and audience manipulation, the fluid steadicam and backwards photography became Frank's calling card as Purgatory became one of the most awarded films in the world.

AWARDS:
CANADIAN INT FILM FESTIVAL 1999 - Best Film, Best Experimental Film
CHICAGO INT FILM FESTIVAL (INTERCOM) 2000 - Gold Plaque
FESTIVAL OF INT CINEMA SANTIAGO 1999 - Best International Experimental Film
SHORT FILM FESTIVAL BAHIA DE PASAIA Spain 2000 - Best Film
CHILE INT FILM FESTIVAL 2000 - Best Experimental Film
RHODE ISLAND INT FILM FESTIVAL 2000 - First Prize
MADRID EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA WEEK 2000 - Best Film
BUDAPEST OPEN FILM FESTIVAL 1999 - Best Foreign Film
KRAKOW SMOFI 2000 - Silver Dragon Award
TOKYO VIDEO FESTIVAL 2001 - Bronze Award
G-NIALE FILM FESTIVAL, Germany 2000 - Special Jury Prize
SPLIT INT FILM FESTIVAL 2000 - Special Award
FESTIVAL LA BOCA DEL LOBO, Madrid 2000 - Special Mention
INT SHORT FILM FESTIVAL OF MONTECATINI, Italy 2000 - Jury Recommendation
GOLDEN KNIGHT INT FILM FESTIVAL, Malta 2000 - Special Achievement Award
BATHURST FILM FESTIVAL, Australia 1999 - Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography
ART GALLERY OF NSW ‘BREKFEST’ 1999 - Best Film, Best Cinematography, Best Actress
PLAN B FILM FESTIVAL, Sydney 1999 - Best Film
TROPICARNIVAL NAT. VIDEO AWARDS, Australia 1999 - Supreme Award, Creative Award
SHORT STUFF FILM FESTIVAL, Melbourne 2000 - Best Film, Best Director, Best Effects
CRONULLA SHORTS, Australia 1999 - Best Film
GOLD COAST EXPERIMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL, Australia 2001 - Best Experimental Film
KALEIDOSCOPE, Sydney 2001 - Best Cinematography
AUSTRALIAN WIDESCREEN FESTIVAL, Melbourne 2000 - 3rd Prize

OFFICIAL SELECTION: ROTTERDAM INT FILM FESTIVAL 2000; HAMBURG INT SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 1999; SÃO PAULO INT FILM FESTIVAL 1999; MONTREAL FESTIVAL INT NOUVEAU CINEMA & MEDIA 1999; RIO DE JANEIRO INT FILM FESTIVAL 2000; MOSCOW INT FILM FESTIVAL 2000; CINEMA JOVE INT FILM FESTIVAL Valencia Spain 2000; ARCIPELAGO INT FESTIVAL OF SHORT FILMS Rome 2000; ODENSE FILM FESTIVAL Denmark 2000; GRANADA SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2000; SANTA MONICA INT FILM FESTIVAL 2001 (finalist); CINEQUEST SAN JOSE INT FILM FESTIVAL 2001; GIJON DE CINE Spain 2000 (finalist); ANKARA INT FILM FESTIVAL 2000; LAUSANNE UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL 2002; MOTOVUN FILM FESTIVAL Zagreb 2000; JAKARTA INT FILM FESTIVAL 2000

In Memory of Laura (1997)

 

In Memory of Laura is a shocking blend of psychological horror and sexual obsession. When a man loses his one true love his depression soon turns to insanity. His fractured mind leads him on a relentless hunt through sordid lonely streets for a replacement for Laura, dead or alive.

This unnerving, squalid short is truly unsettling to watch. The three leads, John Griffiths, Lisa Goodger and Laura Hacche give uninhibited performances that draw the viewer into this dark sleazy world. In Memory of Laura is a perfect askew view into M. Frank's uncompromising cinematic world.

OFFICIAL SELECTION: OBERHAUSEN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 1998; KRAKOW SMOFI 2000; FRIGHTFEST London 2000; JAKARTA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2000; MELBOURNE INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS FESTIVAL 2000; AJIJIC INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Mexico 2000; BUDAPEST OPEN FILM FESTIVAL 2000; KISSIMMEE FILM FESTIVAL 2000; INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL - ABGEDREHT Germany 2001; BATHURST FILM FESTIVAL Australia 1997 (finalist); SPOTLITE FILM & MUSIC FESTIVAL Sydney 1997; SIDE-ON FILM FESTIVAL Sydney 1999; MELBOURNE UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL 2000; FOX TROT FILM FESTIVAL Sydney 2000; MELBOURNE FRINGE ‘SPOOKY STUFF’ FILM FESTIVAL