Where the Magic Happens

Between the real world and the camera, and between the screen and you. Includes films by Ben Rivers, David Gatten, Nick Collins and others.

Even if a screening is sold out, tickets are often available 30 minutes before the start at the box office at each venue.

Clip from Rita Larson's Boy

Where the Magic Happens

Ten minutiae

  • Director Peter Miller
  • Germany 2012
  • 5 mins

A series of brief exercises in cinematographic magic.

I am Micro

  • Director Shumona Goel, Shai Heredia
  • India 2012
  • 15 mins

‘Shot in an abandoned optics factory and centred on the activities of a low budget film crew, I am Micro is an experimental essay about filmmaking, the medium of film, and the spirit of making independent cinema.’ (Shumona Goel / Shai Heredia)

Rita Larson’s Boy

  • Director Kevin Jerome Everson
  • USA 2012
  • 11 mins

In one of a trilogy of works based on personalities from the filmmaker’s parents’ hometown, actors audition for the role of sitcom character Rollo Larson. As they attempt to inhabit the character, subtle variations in delivery bring a hypnotic dimension to disconnected lines and repetitive actions.

True-Life Adventure

  • Director Erin Espelie
  • USA 2012
  • 4 mins

Espelie trains her camera on the myriad life forms that coexist within a small area around a mountain creek. ‘When nature writes the screenplays, she doesn’t abide by crescendos.’ (Erin Espelie)

Dark Garden

  • Director Nick Collins
  • UK 2011
  • 9 mins

Contours of light define the flowers and plants of a winter garden, filmed against the black expanse of the night sky.


  • Director Robert Todd
  • USA 2012
  • 9 mins

‘A film that sustains a complex condition: keeping the inner world alive as the camera looks ‘out’ upon the world.’ (Robert Todd)

By Pain and Rhyme and Arabesques of Foraging

  • Director David Gatten
  • USA 2012
  • 8 mins

An ‘experiment touching colours’ inspired by 17th Century scientist Robert Boyle, bringing together exquisite images shot over a 13-year period. Its title, from a sonnet by Jorie Graham, encapsulates the process and infers its poetic consequence.

The Creation As We Saw It

  • Director Ben Rivers
  • UK 2012
  • 14 mins

Unexpectedly given the opportunity to travel anywhere in the world, Ben Rivers chose Vanuatu in the South Pacific. Amidst the villages and landscapes of this remote archipelago, he sought out the creation myths and folktales of a distant culture.

Total running time c75 mins

Mark Webber