A recent article in the courier mail “newspaper” stated that Australian films are too depressing. If the highly diverse and impressive selection of films at the inaugural West End Film Festival is anything to go by, then that couldn’t possibly be further from the truth. Not that writing something that couldn’t possibly be further from the truth is exactly unheard of for that particular publication, of course.

Festival Director Mike Witt stated on the WEFF website:

West End is Brisbane’s artistic hub and holds massive cultural significance to Queensland. The West End Film Festival has absorbed these flavours, producing a unique cinema experience for our patrons. I want the festival to become a part of West End’s artistic landscape and the people of Brisbane to feel like they have real ownership over it”

The inaugural WEFF festival delivered on this and then some. Holding the event out the back of one of Brisbane’s favourite bars was an inspired move. It meant that drinks were cheap, music was flavoured with real funk (bass lines played by bass players not apple macs) and the clientele was diverse, enthusiastic and supportive. The décor was an remarkable collection of chandeliers and furniture constructed from recycled and reclaimed materials themed to create a classically West End style ambience.

Sadly I don’t have the space to do each short the full write up it deserves, so I’m going to focus on my favourite five for the evening.

Between the lines: Initiation of Adam Hill

A truly beguiling documentary about one of Australia’s foremost contemporary indigenous artists and his experiences as a child of a mixed race marriage. Between the Lines focuses not only on Hill’s impressive achievement’s as a visual artist, but on his heritage and personal journey.  Hill’s father is an equally fascinating figure who could very easily justify a feature length piece of his own.


The title pretty much sums it up.

The Covenant of Mr Kasch

This was easily one of the top ten best live stop motion art films about a love triangle between a French clown, his dead lover and a panda girl I’ve seen all year.

(No I’m not kidding and yes you must see this film.)


Shot in Sydney and across Vietnam, Transient is the story of the transcontinental birth and subsequent decay of a relationship. Gorgeously shot and beautifully narrated. Basically the kind of love story that Hollywood couldn’t make if you held a gun to its head.

“Whoo, slow down there ace! You’re saying you want us to make a LOVE story and NOT cast Jennifer Aniston OR Rachel McAdams? Next you’ll be telling us that you don’t want to have the Black Eyed Peas on the soundtrack. What the hell is this a HORROR film or something?!”

Economic Hitmen

Achieving the rare feat of being hysterically amusing whilst incredibly politically insightful, this session’s prizetaker is a short, sharp and witty look at modern international economic politics. Anyone who can make that funny deserves not only a short film festival award but some sort of diamond-studded jetpack as well. If we could just get his guy to direct two minute pieces on wave–particle duality, the history of the French revolution and advanced trigonometry we could all just skip high school altogether.

I’m going to assume that the 3rd session was just as good as the second, but unfortunately I only got review tickets for the middle session. On the plus side I did get drunk with a cute PhD student. You know what I hated about the West End Film Festival? NOTHING. That’s what. The inaugural WEFF showcased some of the country’s most innovative and talented film-makers and makes a very exciting addition to Brisbane’s cultural calendar.


One Response to “WEST END FILM FESTIVAL 2010”

  1. Luigi Fulleron Says:

    I love this festival.

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