The NFSA was on hand at the 2011 St Kilda Film Festival to present the Audience Award for The SoundKilda Australian Music Video Competition. One of the most popular sessions at Australia’s longest running short film festival, 18 music video clips across a broad spectrum of musical genres and styles of production were screened in competition at Melbourne’s Astor Theatre, the new home for the Festival. Long gone are the days when a band would simply mime their song to camera from several angles. Modern music video clips now feature extensive thematic, stylistic and production values, and are considered important short film works in their own right.
This year’s finalists left the audience with the difficult task of selecting a winner amongst a very competitive field. Would it be Jonathan Chong’s playfully humorous take on British hip-hop artist Lotek’s Control Alt Delete or Nash Edgerton’s action-packed film of The Killers lead singer Brandon Flowers’ first solo effort Crossfire, featuring a samurai-wielding Charlize Theron? Perhaps Dan Sultan’s earthy rock ballad as filmmakers Rhys Graham and Natasha Gadd captured the singer uncovering the heart of Old Fitzroy? Or maybe the colourfully dazzling animation of Lucy Dyson’s work on Beautiful Trash by Lanu (featuring Megan Washington) or the faux cool of Craig Melville’s Northcote (So Hungover), the Bedroom Philosopher’s subtly hilarious putdown of Melbourne hipsters, would take the honours?