Skip to main content


Australia, 2004 (MIFF 2004, Focus on Cate Shortland)

Director: Cate Shortland

Focus on Cate Shortland AustraliaCate Shortland's much-anticipated first feature film, Somersault, premiered at Cannes this year and screens as MIFF's Opening Night film. In this programme Shortland talks about her creative approach and screens her lyrical, poetic imagery and dynamic (and award-winning) short films:

Strap On Olympia Ennui sets in in the life of a young sex worker; she packs it in, heads for the country and escapes into her fantasy world, oblivious of her surroundings.

D/S Cate Shortland P/WS Tony Krawitz TD 16mm/Col/1995/11mins

pentuphouse Della, a 45-year-old wannabe, couldabeen jazz singer and her lover Dale, a 23-year-old small-time crim, are in the final stages of their dysfunctional relationship.

D/S Cate Shortland P/WS Anthony Anderson TD 35mm/Col/1998/13mins

Flower GirlDaisuke, Hana and Tetsu are sharing an apartment at Bondi Beach in Sydney. After a year of carefree living, Daisuke has to return to Osaka to work in his father's butcher shop. A lyrical vignette of final days and secret videos.

D Cate Shortland P/WS Anthony Anderson S Cate Shortland, Jun Tagami L Japanese w/English subtitles TD 16mm/Col/1999/17mins

JoyThursday night. Late night shopping. Joy, 15, wants to have fun.

D/S Cate Shortland P Rachel Clements WS AFTRS TD 35mm/Col/2000/10mins

Cate Shortland is a guest of the Festival.

Curated by Clare Stewart and presented with the Australian Centre for the Moving Image as part of 2004: Australian Culture Now.

See also...


Somersault ... The stunning debut feature from acclaimed director Cate Shortland arrives from its World Premiere screening in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes this year. ... 'Heidi [Abbie ... More »


Thursday night. Late night shopping. Joy wants to have fun. A glimpse at a teenage girl's life; the glitter of the shopping mall mecca and the pull of friends, intersected by the familiar commands ... More »


An uncomfortably intimate portrait of a decaying relationship between Delia an aspiring jazz singer, and Dale, her petty thief boyfriend. Pentuphouse offers us a glimpse at the moment when Delia's ... More »


Pure Shit AustraliaGet set for an Aussie cult classic. Set over a frantic 24 hours, Pure Shit follows the lives of four junkies out to score some heroin on the streets of Melbourne, in any way they ... More »


The Widower Australia Having its World Premiere at MIFF, The Widower is a music-drama structured around a collection of quintessential Les Murray poems that tell the story of two Australian men'a ... More »


The Man Who Stole My Mother's FaceAustralia The Man Who Stole My Mother's Face was a prize-winner at the recent Tribeca Film Festival. It was described by one of the judges, actress Glenn Close, as ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director