Six O’Clock Swill
Writer/Director: Eve Spence
Producer: Liam Branagan
9 minute short film. 16mm. Financed by NSW FTO Young Filmmakers Fund .
A young boy spends a long afternoon awaiting and anticipating his uncle’s drunken arrival.
A period drama shot on location in Gunning and Dalton in country New South Wales. The ‘Six O’Clock Swill’ was the frenzy that occurred before ‘last drinks’ as a result of early pub closing times in Australia in the 50’s. Told from the perspective of a young boy spending the afternoon anticipating his uncle’s drunken arrival, the film inhabits the claustrophobic child’s world of empathy and powerlessness.
DOP: Kim Batterham
Production Designer: Felicity Abbott
Composer: Tom Rice
Editor: Digby Richards
Donald: Patrick Firkin
Aunt Alice: Annie Byron
Jock: John McNeil
Six O’Clock Swill was sold to ARTE GEIE for TV broadcast in Europe.
BBC British Short Film Festival, London, UK
London Australian Film Festival, London, UK
Cinema Jove, International Film Festival, Valencia, Spain
Brisbane International Film Festival, Brisbane, Australia
Short Film Festival in Drama, Thessaloniki, Greece
Objectif Image, Saint Gely, France
Zinebi – Bilbao International Film Festival, Spain (AA)
WOW National Tour, Australia, October
Festival Internazionale Cinema Della Donne, Turin, Italy
St Kilda Film Festival, Melbourne, Australia
Commonwealth Film Festival, Manchester, UK
Reykjavik Shortfilm Festival, Reykjavik, Iceland
Festival Internazionale del Cortometraggio, Siena, Italy