“I Love Sarah Jane” (Director: Spencer Susser) (Written by Spencer Susser/David Michôd)
Plot: Jimbo is 13 and can think of only one girl — Sarah Jane. And no matter what stands in his way-bullies, violence, chaos, or zombies-nothing will stop him from finding a way into her world.
Cast: Brad Ashby (Jimbo), Mia Wasikowska (Sarah Jane), Vladimir Matrovic (Joey), Beau South (Rory), Peter Yacoub (Gram), Richard Mueck (Zombie), Anton Enus (Newsreader).
Released: World premiere at Sundance Film Festival – 15 January 2008
Official Selection at following Film Festivals:
- Sundance Film Festival
- Melbourne International Film Festival
- Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival
- Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival
- Cannes Film Festival
- Seattle International Film Festival
- Sydney Film Festival
- Nashville Film Festival
- Arizona International Film Festival
- London Film Festival
- Telluride Film Festival
- Edinburgh International Film Festival
- Los Angeles Film Festival
Arizona International Film Festival: Won – Reel Frontier Merit Award
Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival: Won – Canal+ Award, International Competition
Nashville Film Festival: Won – Best Narrative Short
Melbourne International Film Festival: Won – Most Innovative Australian Short
EyeForFilm.co.uk [Amber Wilkinson]: Australian short film is in fine fettle, thanks in no small part to David Michôd. He – along with Nash Edgerton (who has executive producing credits here) – demonstrated a fine ability for wrong-footing an audience with short film Spider and here he once again proves he can provide horror kicks in a domestic setting. American director and co-writer Spencer Susser (who provided second camerawork for Spider) also shows a heap of potential.
Spout [Daniel Walber]: “The short has a lot going on and all of it is articulated in a cool, frank and understated sort of way. It’s exactly the kind of filmmaking that makes great use of this time-constricted form.
Short of the Week: “The thing about ILSJ—co-written by Susser and David Michod—is that if you were to strip away the high production values and outlandish world setting, there’d still be at its core a touching age-old story of teen awkwardness in relating to the object of your desire that places our hero Jimbo in the shoes of Kevin Arnold or Dawn Wiener before him, it’s just that their obstacles were slightly less brain hungry.”