At St Kilda Film Festival

BY SIMON SMITH

Producer Tobias Webster, with NFSA's Simon Smith and Josephine Kammacher-Reich

Producer Tobias Webster, with NFSA's Simon Smith and Josephine Kammacher-Reich.

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?

Award Presenters at SoundKilda 2011 (l-r): Simon Smith and Josephine Kammacher-Reich (NFSA), Daniel Scharf (producer, Profile Creative), Alan Brough (Spicks and Specks) and Pam Lyons (Music Managers Forum).

Festival staff quickly gathered the voting forms of the several hundred in attendance while Spicks and Specks team captain Alan Brough asked audience members to produce something rock ‘n’ roll-related from their bags and pockets –- the winner was a woman with a plectrum given to her by Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen backstage in Las Vegas! With voting sorted, Stephen Carroll’s superbly produced short film for the reformed Cordrazine’s affecting Always Coming Down single was deemed the pick of the bunch. Producer Tobias Webster was in attendance to receive the $500 cash prize and accompanying NFSA merchandise package. The NFSA congratulates Stephen and Tobias for their award.

The NFSA has been associated with the St Kilda Film Festival since the 1980s and from 2009 has been sponsoring the SoundKilda Audience Award. The NFSA’s collection of promotional music films dates from the arrival of sound on film to the contemporary digital productions of today’s emerging film talent. We hold film and video masters for many of Australia’s best known promotional music clips including works by Daddy Cool, AC/DC, the Triffids, Missy Higgins, the Warumpi Band, and Eskimo Joe. We also preserve works of many notable Australian music video directors including Russell Mulcahy, Claudia Castle, Richard Lowenstein, Chris Löfvén and Mark Hartley.

If you would like to offer your music videos to the NFSA, please contact us at collection [at] nfsa.gov.au.