Words by: Matthew Stephenson Photography provided by Melbourne Fringe Festival
It’s that time of year again when artist of all kinds let their creativity explode all over the streets, gallery spaces, parklands, theatres and restaurants of Melbourne. It’s Fringe Festival time. And part of this year’s impressive and eclectic program is Digital Creatures, a collection of short films projected onto the walls of Fitzroy’s Little Creatures Dining Hall.
This cavernous and loud space may not seem like the ideal place to hold a short film screening, and upon arriving these apprehensions seem warranted. There is a small projector set up on one of the front walls playing a loop of 12 short films. In silence. However, don’t let looks deceive you. Nestle into a spot, order a pint of the delicious Bright Ale, a plate of the scrumptious Pulled Pork Sliders (they’re so good!) and tell one of the friendly staff you would like to watch the films and you will be presented with a pair of radio headphones. This will allow you to tune out the dull roar of the crowd and tune into some interesting little experimental films.
There is quite a selection of films on display, ranging from 37 seconds long to almost 8 minutes, the 12 films span a variety of genres from experimental animation, human rights documentaries, creepy horror stories, interpretive dance numbers and quirky comedies. There is certainly something on show that will distract you from your food and beer for at least a few minutes.
If you are filmically inclined and love beer (and good food) the Digital Creatures exhibition is the perfect way to spend an evening. The varied and interesting program holds more than a few little gems – in fact – be on the lookout for a particularly impressive animated short with a surprisingly mature bent. Great stuff.
The Digital Creatures exhibition runs every night from 18th Sept to 6th Oct and is free. For more info please click here.
Matthew is a well-traveled movie addict and occasional blogger. He studied film at the University of Melbourne and currently works as part of the DVD team at Madman Entertainment.