The Film Scoop: Future Shorts @ The Flying Cock

From the archives: This post is from our original site, MyCityLife, back on 25 August 2014

The film festival circuit these days is a common thing and not the rare event as it was a decade ago. The advent of technology advancements has also allowed for people to meet and create and share over the net. This is all well and good and means potentially more opportunities but it’s become a bit cold in the sense that the face-to-face interaction has faded. 

But in short (pardon the pun), I don’t think I’ve really seen a festival capture an immediate vibe as quickly as this one. Future Shorts, the pop up short film festival, was intimate, extending beyond just a showcase of filmic talent. The festival aimed to put the spotlight on local Brisbane musicians – soothing and amping crowds during intervals between the short films – with The Flying Cock – or now more affectionately known as The Cock – the perfect venue to hold it. The wooden warehouse interiors and warm orange light kept eyes relaxed and bodies warm on an unusually rainy and chilly Brisbane evening, as the alluring scent of freshly curated popcorn settled over the crowd.

The films on display also added to the multi-art wonder of the festival. From the gorgeous music of Bonobo’s Cirrus, to the pained, yet funny, reality of Life’s a Bitch, to the festival closer that buttoned up proceedings with a tense slice of French cinema in the form of the expertly crafted Just Before Losing Everything: the lineup itself was full of a worldwide cinematic experience that not only showcased the crafting of narrative but also the power of simple filmmaking. 

On the music side of things, the night opened with the lighter sounds of Universe Returns, to the bass driven spectral beats from Christopher Brooks, the musical offerings of the night closing with FOXY/MORON who lay down some grizzly power noise; all of these sure fire local players one would love to see more often.

It’s certainly not hard to be inspired in a room full of people that share the love of film. The event was smoothly run: transition from film into music eased the crowd as they stretched out in their bean bag chairs or antique movie seats (thanks to Woolloongabba Antique Centre), sipped their Stone & Wood Pacific Ales, and chatted about what they had just seen and what it was that was a thrill to see. There’s an unspoken (and spoken) bond between those who appreciate film, and Future Shorts was the perfect evening to take cinema to a high and insanely classy standard.

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