8:00 PM, 6th October, 2004
Harvie Krumpet is a fantastic short film that was highly deserving of its Oscar win. It follows the story of Harvie Krumpet, one of the unluckiest people ever to grace this Earth, but who always makes the best of the situations he finds himself in. Harvie is a Polish man who migrates to Australia. His mother home-schooled him, and he carries a notepad everywhere which he fills with 'fakts'. We follow Harvie from his birth to late in his life. This is all narrated wonderfully by Geoffrey Rush, with eloquent speech and great comic timing. This film is filled with good humour, and the claymation works perfectly in creating a well-rounded short film.
8:23 PM, 6th October, 2004
Strange Bedfellows is about two old timers who take advantage of new laws allowing gay partnerships to cheat on their tax. Their plan, however, goes awry when a representative of the ATO comes out to make sure that they are actually gay. The humour is quite old-fashioned, but it works, and the scenes in which Vince & Ralph are learning 'how to be gay' are a bit over-the-top but still bring out a smile. Casting Paul Hogan and Michael Caton was really the only viable choice and it proved to work quite well. Pete Postlethwaite is great as the tax inspector. Overall, this is an entertaining film that fulfils the tradition of Australian gay comedies.