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Our Love Bytes films

We have been delighted, moved, amused and impressed with the breadth of talent, the range of themes and the variety of approaches that our call for 3 minute pieces on the theme of love elicited in our LOVE BYTES competition. Writing, performances and filmmaking skill have all combined to produce pieces that beautifully and powerfully explore the many facets of the uniquely individual experience of love and we’d like to thank all of our 35 writers/filmmakers who put themselves out there and responded so brilliantly to the task.
We are pleased to announce that the winner of the first prize of the competition is Christopher Harley’s really rather lovely How Was Work?, featuring a beautiful performance by Andrea Demetriades.
Says Jane Bodie, playwright and Head of the Playwriting at NIDA: How was work? manages to be both funny and poignant, in a matter of breaths. It goes on what feels like a journey within minutes; it asks interesting questions and asks us to think – and it moves and surprises us’ .

Joanna Erskine, writer of BOOT for The Voices Project, says: ‘As soon as I was halfway through How was work?, I was already planning on hitting replay. The character’s voice was so real, authentic – I laughed out loud – and softened in its poignant ending. I loved the detailed metaphor and the simple, beautiful sentiment of this film. An unexpected journey towards a powerful message about love.’

Laura Scrivano, director of the monologues BOOT and LITTLE LOVE, agreed saying: How was work? has a really unique voice, great characterisation and a wry, ironic humor. Christopher is a potential new voice in Australian writing’.

So, many congratulations to Christopher, who received a 3 month mentorship with Jane Bodie  and an iPad as his prize, as well as a place at the National Studio in September 2012. While there, he developed a new piece, Birdcage, for the 2013 stage show Out of Place.

Second and third place in the competition went to Kim Ho for his piece Transcendence and Kerith Manderson Galvin’s There Will Be Time respectively.

Jessica Bellamy, writer of LITTLE LOVE and BAT EYES, says of Transcendence: ‘This piece featured such an exciting and witty teenage perspective at its core, with a cheeky sense of humour and a wryness and irony that was very sophisticated. The key structural device of French class and French films (NOT movies!) was a lovely way to delve into the central exploration of love in its different forms. This piece really clearly evoked for me the confusion of teenage years, yet also the sense of optimism, potential, and the knowledge that nothing lasts forever.’

Fraser Corfield, Artistic Director of atyp, agreed, saying: Transcendence is a very intelligent piece of writing. It has a good sense of humor, a clear character and provides an interesting observation of teenage love. It’s heart-felt and entertaining … and has clear scope to be developed further.’Joanna Erskine on Transcendence says: What a pure, authentic teenage voice – observant, intelligent, amusing and emotionally charged. The writing is clear and present – as the audience we are in that classroom, feeling what he feels. Beautiful, simply done. I loved it.’  Of There Will Be Time, Joanna remarked: ‘A heartbreaking, intelligent, truly transporting story and a character that you just want to reach out and hug. The writing is genuine, understated, deceptively powerful and ultimately moving. Again, as with my other choices, I adored this film for its simplicity. One powerful idea explored imaginatively and sensitively’

Richard Sowada, Senior Programmer of ACMI in Melbourne, was particularly impressed with the filmmaking of There Will Be Time, saying: ‘This was nicely shot and there were some really great movements between locations. A good honest performance and a good script, well directed with an engaging style – very lonesome and low key.’

Fraser commented: ‘It was a delight to see with There Will Be Time a monologue written for an old character. Some beautiful imagery scattered through and the loving reflective tone worked perfectly to establish the tragedy of the ending. The film of this monologue was also beautifully put together. It felt like a very polished piece of work all round.’

So, all in all, a terrific Top 3 films from a very strong line up of shortlisted films.

We should also say that the jury agreed that James Hartley’s First Love was pretty much a perfect short film, with Laura Scrivano recommending that James should be entering the film at film festivals around the world. Given that 22,000 people have seen the film since James put it online, it would seem that people agree! And special mention should also be made of Pollyanna Nowicki’s Catathrenia, which Jessica Bellamy found ‘a beautiful melding of the epic and the domestic’ and Richard Sowada thought ‘a proper poem’. You can watch all 11 films on our Vimeo channel, here, while all 35 films from the competition can be seen here – we do advise you to check them out, as we are thrilled at the new voices this competition has brought forward.

Thanks again to all of our writers for making LOVE BYTES such a love fest. Do take part in our 2013 competition, Where In The World?, launching shortly!