Netherland Dwarf (2008) written and directed by David Michôd. Synopsis: Harry really wants a rabbit. Harry’s Dad really wants his wife back. And somehow in the middle of all this wanting, they both seem to have forgotten that they already have each other.
- Directed by: David Michôd
- Producers: Angie Fielder | Polly Staniford
- Cinematographer: Greig Fraser
- Writer: David Michôd
- Cast: Jack Egan (Harry), Ewen Leslie (Dad), Mirrah Foulkes (Rebecca), Justin Rosniak (Pet Shop Employee)
The film had its world premiere at the Sydney Film Festival on 16 June 2008 and also screened at number of film festivals including Sundance Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival in 2009. Awards: Best Short Film, Tropfest (2009) Best Drama, Austen Shortfest (2009)
Director’s Statement After the darkness and provocation of my previous short, Crossbow (which advertised aspects of my personality that even I found at times to be unsavoury if not disturbing), I really wanted to make something that was simple, sweet, sad and beautiful. I was drawn to the challenge of trying to make a more conventional short that managed to be both delightful and moving in less than 15 minutes – something which, I think, is really hard to do. Whether or not I’ve succeeded remains to be seen, but I do feel I’ve at least succeeded in making a suitable tribute to my old rabbit Stampy and demonstrated another facet of the kinds of stories I want to tell.
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