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TROPFEST 2001: THE FILMS, THE WINNERS, THE NIGHT

Despite a glitch in sponsorship support, Tropfest 2001 turned out to be a huge success, both in filmmaking terms and in popularity, with an estimated 85,000 people enjoying the entertainment and the final 16 films in Sydney’s Domain last night (Sunday, Feb. 25). Webcast by telstra.com in association with Urban Cinefile, the event featured a variety of drama, comedy, animation and non-genre films from around Australia – and one from South Africa.

An ageing East European begs a tattoo artist to perform a most unusual job – on his wife. She is dead. A few moments later, it’s a reworked and extended scene from Chopper – in animation.

We go now to a hotel lobby, where a young woman in black needs a light for her cigarette. The man at the bar obliges and they’re soon in his room. But what happens next is not what you expect (3rd prize winner). Then comes a single camera shot of a man painting a brick wall in green paint, described in detail by a sports commentator, complete with crowd noise (2nd prize winner). And then there is the man driving his car and trying to light his cigarette with a dysfunctional lighter; distracted, the expectd happens – but with not entirely expected results (1st prize winner).

And so the list of films goes on, 16 of them, culled from 585 entries. The cigarette was not the signature item (it was ‘horn’), it just happens to have played a key role in two of the winners.

Great live music preceded the screening, and the VIP area was full of representatives from sponsors such as Showtime, Channel 9, City of Sydney and dozens more. Other guests included Susie Porter, Alex Dimitriades, Nick Giannopoulos – and Liberal MP Peter Collins.

The webcast by tesltra.com, Tropfest 2001 was hosted by Urban Cinefile’s Andrew L. Urban and Louise Keller, and included interviews with with Tropfest founder John Polson, the filmmakers and guests including Greta Scacchi, David Wenham, Rachel Ward, Alex Dimitriades, Susie Porter – and Bernard King. (INTERVIEWS are available in streaming video from Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2001.)

And the Winners are...

Award

Recipient

State

First Place

The Lighter - Patrick Hughes

VIC


Second Prize

Just Not Cricket - Matt Wheeldon

NSW


Third Prize

Burn - Michael Dunning

SA


Live Web Award

Like It Is - Chris Begley & Tony D'Aquino

VIC


Tropicana Award

Tickler - Clayton Jacobson

VIC


Best Male Actor

Sam Worthington - A Matter of Life

NSW


Best Female Actor

Julia Zemiro - Muffled Love

NSW


Best Comedy

Chopper - Bernard Derriman

NSW


Best Cinematography

Like It Is - John Brawley

VIC


Best Screenplay

The Art of Farewell - Buck Buckingham

QLD


Best Original Score

Playin' Hard to Get - Damien De Boos-Smith & Giant Steps

QLD

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See full list of finalists and the judging panel in our TROPFEST FEATURE.







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