MUFF 777




Avant Muff: The New Breed
Melbourne independent filmmakers
Curated by Bill Mousoulis


Following on from my retrospective programming of Melb indie directors in MUFF ’04, and also Jake Wilson’s selection in MUFF ’05, this year the focus is on three newer/younger filmmakers: the team of Genevieve Bailey & Jarrah Gurrie, Matthew Clayfield (who’s actually just arrived in Melbourne recently), and actor-turned-director Kim Miles.

In the context of ever-staid mainstream Australian cinema, these three filmmakers are, respectively, refreshing, intelligent and anarchic. They utilise digital video in a creative way, rather than as a substitute for film, and they are prolific to boot. Their films are exhilarating, because of the imaginative forms they’ve come up with.

Full profiles of all the filmmakers can be accessed at the Melbourne independent filmmakers website at www.innersense.com.au/mif. All sessions will have an intro and Q&A.


Friday 7 July 5pm | The Spanish Club

PROGRAM 1: GENEVIEVE BAILEY & JARRAH GURRIE

Genevieve and Jarrah met at the School of Creative Arts, Melbourne University in 1999, and have been working together ever since. As well as being enticed by other peoples’ true stories through doco making, their narrative films have been described as possessing doco flavoured qualities. They like to tell simple stories in not so simple ways. It is important to them to present new and fresh faces on screen. They strive to work with people from different age groups, experiences, backgrounds, sexualities and cultures. They thrive on the challenges that filmmaking can bring and enjoy the pressure of making films in under 24 hours. They like working with non-actors, children, seniors and animals.Genevieve and Jarrah are currently living and filmmaking in different parts of the world (Melbourne and New York respectively). They are working on a range of projects independently, and look forward to nurturing their unique creative relationship for many years to come.

BRIGHT LIGHTS
Dir: J & G | 2004 | 7 mins | Docu/Drama | In camera edited for Shootout

WEBSTER SAY
Dir: J & G | 2005 | 15 mins | Surreal Comedy | Shot/edited at GTV 9 Melb

DANSU KURABU (DANCE CLUB)
Dir: G | 2002 | 17 mins | Japanese Comedy with English Subtitles

ONE MORE SLEEP
Dir: J & G & Gavin Youngs | 2005 | 7 mins | In camera edited for Shootout

FROM HERE
Dir: J & G | 2005 | 7 mins | 15/15 film fest entry

MUMS TALK ABOUT PLANES, MARRIAGE, ASYLUM AND POP MUSIC
Dir: J & G | 2004 | 2 mins | Experimental/Documentary

WHITE SOAP
Dir: J | 2001 | 4 mins | Documentary

LEMON ANI
Dir: G & Henrik Nordstrom | 2006 | 10 mins | Documentary flavoured Drama

FROM BOMBAY TO BROKEN HILL
Dir: G | 2002 | 10 mins | Documentary

INDI
Dir: J & G | 2004 | 10 mins | Drama | 15/15 Film fest entry


Sunday 9 July 7pm | The Spanish Club

PROGRAM 2: MATTHEW CLAYFIELD
It is at once both very satisfying and very embarrassing to be showing my short films at MUFF. Satisfying because, obviously, it’s nice to be recognised for your work; embarrassing because, as proud as I am of said work, I also don’t think it’s particularly good. Some of this stuff was made when I was all of seventeen, which has a tendency to be a very embarrassing age when looked upon in retrospect. Which isn’t to say, mind you, that this little filmography of mine doesn’t have its moments or some kind of overarching coherence. It occasionally does. Every film has something to offer (or at least, almost every film) and a number of recurring thematic, formal and practical concerns can be seen to emerge after the completion of Flushed, which I’ll let you discover for yourself. – Matthew Clayfield

THREE CARD MONTE
2003 | 3 mins

FILM NO. 2
2004 | 2 mins

FLUSHED
2004 | 8 mins

NOTES ROM THE ARCTIC CIRCLE
2005 | 7 mins

MARK AND KATRINA GO BOATING
2005 | 6 mins

ON HYPERLINKAGE AND THE EVOLUTION OF THE SPECIES
2005 | 4 mins

WRITING: AN HOMAGE TO JAMES AND ABBAS
2005 | 11 mins

KITE CIRCUIT
2005 | 9 mins | Producer

FIRELIGHT
2005 | 6 mins


Thursday 13 July 7pm | The Spanish Club

PROGRAM 3: KIM MILES
These films are about discovery, risk-taking, poetry, metaphor, entertainment, great filmmakers of the past (and a few of the present), dreaming, imagination, self-expression, and the possibilities and language of cinematic art. A film is a film. A camera capturing images. It succeeds or it doesn’t. Everything else has been layered on and become the accepted model. So fuck rules, man-made structures, “development”, trucks of equipment, millions of dollars, Oscars, Hollywood, tunnel-vision career paths, mediocrity, vulgarity, pornography (i.e. Saw, Wolf Creek, Hostel), judges, world domination and artistic stagnation. – Kim Miles

I THOUGHT I WASN’T
2003 | 5 mins
Singing, dancing Work for the Dole project.

THE WORLD REALLY IS W
2004 | 6 mins
A fucked up office.

THE COLOUR IS BLUE
2004 | 4 mins
A tender but doomed relationionship.

TOP SPEED OF A RABBIT - 72 KPH
2004 | 10 mins
2 women drug a man.

THE PURPOSE OF LIFE AND THE NATURE OF DEATH
2002 | 5 mins
A man living in a room full of pigeon shit.

PROPORTION OF AUSTRALIAN MALES WITH ERECTILE PROBLEMS; NEARLY 40%
2003 | 7 mins
A man falls in love with an orange.

TO MASTER A LONG GOOD NIGHT
2005 | 7 mins
One man – 7 girlfriends.

SICK TO THE VITALS
2005 | 20 mins
2 years after Idol and she’s fucked.