6:30pm FRIDAY, September 27th — Opening Night Short Films

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(Narrative, Australia, 5 minutes)

On the side of a rural highway, a bizarre encounter with a Metalhead takes a profound turn.

RATING: Intended for Teen Audiences or older


Director: Tom Noakes

A graduate of Australia’s national film school (AFTRS), Noakes’ innovative and subversive voice has won him numerous awards and catapulted him into the international scene with early representation from PrettyBird (US & UK), Partizan (France), Stink (Germany) and Scoundrel (Australia & New Zealand).

From his award winning short films “Julian” (2007), “Mongrel’s Creed” (2010) and “Nursery Rhymes” (2017) to television commercials for Hornbach, Australia Day Lamb, and the notorious Doritos ‘Finger Cleaner,’ Noakes’ creations have screened around the world, earned him a Gold Ciclope award for best direction, a Gold Clio, Gold Epica, DWA (Deutsche Werbefilmakademie) for best direction, features on USA Today, Nowness, Staff Picks, Video Of The Week, the Wall Street Journal, AdWeek, Vice, millions of Youtube views and (his personal favourite) the front page of Reddit.

In 2017, Noakes launched original screen content production company Studio Goono (goono.tv) with long time collaborators Lucy Gaffy and Will Goodfellow.