The creative brainchild of Ben Laden, who said a few words to open the last ever presentation of Kids Film Festival Little Big Shots after 11 years at the Sydney Opera House; the Australian international film festival for young audiences kicked off with Friday night’s gala opening. We were in attendance to walk the red carpet, laugh along with the fabulous Sean Murphy, who acted as comic compere for the evening, and take in the best of cinematic shorts played out on the big screen.
Featuring a selection of shorts, animations, live action, documentaries, comedy and child-produced films from all over the world, this weekend’s offering comes from regions including Israel, the USA, France, Lithuania, Belgium and right here in Australia.
It’s always fascinating to see what can be packed into a film that is only minutes long as opposed to the standard two hour film feature, with drama, suspense, comedy and characterisation all woven in with great finesse by the talented film makers featured each year. This year is no different with great variety both in genre and style. Comedic Claymation playing with the notion of teamwork and positivity was juxtaposed with a Game of Thrones-style dramatic sand spectacle, and later a group of Australian kids took the concept of work and applied their unique perspective making for a laugh-out-loud docu-film.
With the kids on cushions and adults on seats in the Studio venue at the Opera House, every pair of eyes was glued to the screen with comedian Sean Murphy introducing each film including its country of origin. Our particular favourite was entitled Three Little Ninjas Delivery Service which showed a hilarious twist on the damsel in distress, princess needing rescuing from her tower scenario. Thwarting the affections of every knight arriving to “rescue” her with the help of her trusty dragon, the nasty princess meets her match in a pig-nosed admirer who proves himself indestructible even after the Three Little Ninjas travel to the Jurassic and back to replace the princess’s fallen dragon with a dinosaur.
The eclectic mix of work at Little Big Shots makes this film festival unlike any other in its ability to make cinema accessible to every age, no matter where you come from. Little Big Shots really is fun for the whole family.
Visit the website now to find out more and see what other great shows and events await you at this iconic venue.
What: Little Big Shots, Kids Film Festival
When: 8-10 September 2017
Where: The Studio, Sydney Opera House
Cost: $19 + $8.50 booking fee
Parking: Book a bay at the Wilson Car Park beneath the Opera House with the weekend saver price of $12.00 (you have one hour’s grace period on either side of your allotted booking time).
Getting There: Take the train or the bus to Circular Quay which is the closest port of public transport to the Sydney Opera House.
Food and Drink: Indulge in the variety at the Opera Bar or bring your own sustenance and make a day of it at the Royal Botanic Gardens after the film viewing.