Official Selections - Freshflix x Vivid Winter 2017
Director: Mathilde Nocquet (Australia)
It's 1959. During a high school prom night, two teenagers leave the party to hang out in a car. They will face one of the most important experiences of their young life: making love for the first time. Suddenly, they are shot off to a whacky world and will ride on the road of love!
THE NEON KING
Director: Cameron March (Australia)
Mick McDougall sits with his best mate Sonny on an empty highway, the quiet streets of 1979 Kingaroy, stretched out around them as the small town lazily makes its way through another Saturday night. He urges his mate to put his foot down and risk their lives in a game of chicken. Sonny gives in and the pair fly through the night, unharmed, untouchable. Exhilarated, they make their way to the town watering hole, setting into action a chain of events that will see Mick’s bravado propel him into dangerous territory, even as he declares himself the King of the area to the more rational Sonny. Fate works its quiet presence through each moment of decision, as mate-ship is tested and irreversible choices are cemented. The tension that runs hot under the flesh of the area's tumultuous relationships reaches a boiling point, and Mick finds himself facing the headlights once more, ready for one last game of chicken.
THE POWER OF LOVE
Director: Chris Wilde
After Wayne miraculously lifts a car to save his girlfriend's life, he is happy to bask in the moral high ground.
Director: Mason Fleming
Having lost his wife 18months earlier, octogenarian Phil decides that he no longer wishes to be alone anymore and to embark on a quest to find new love. Times have changed though, and Phil needs to navigate the complexities of the modern tools at his disposal for finding a mate, such as online match-making
Director: Pavel Gumennikov
Inspired by the incredible true story about a young man JUST (24), who lost both of his legs in a childhood accident and who is in love with the girl next door - IEVA (23).
The story begins when JUST meets IEVA on the doorstep of the house they both live in. They start a flirty conversation that is interrupted by two thieves, who rob Ieva in front of JUST.
In the blink of an eye JUST decides to follow the thieves to retrieve IEVA’S bag and conquer her heart.
MARY IN THE LOCKER ROOM
Director: Jamieson Pearce
Mary is at the gym. Surrounded by beautiful young things, she keeps her head down. But there is one young spunk at who she can’t help but sneak a peak…
Director: Emily Dynes
In the winter following a devastating bushfire, a father and son attempt to navigate their loss.
Director: Clare Sladden
After meeting online, a woman allows a virtual stranger into her home to fulfil an agreement.
Director: Kyle McCallion
David and Owen's values are put to the test as they fight for their fruit.
ONE SMALL STEP
Director: Sarah Rackermann
One of humankind’s greatest achievements has been to walk on the moon. It was marked in history as a phenomenal success. What if that first step had turned out a little differently?
As Neil Armstrong is about to take his first step on the moon, something catches his eye in the distance. Naturally curious, he leaps out into the unknown territory to investigate.
What he finds will forever change the course of human history.