Coming to Birmingham for two nights (4-5 July 2014), the selected films explore the theme of death, love and desire and include movies from Australia, America, Europe and Britain. Among the highlights are The Things My Father Never Taught Me, in which a dad gives his three-year-old son dating advice, the gender-swapping Best of Both Worlds, WW2-set Division Azul, and Birmingham filmmaker Mark Pressdee’s Titanic Love, which won the Audience Choice Award in Australia.
Established in Perth, Over The Fence features contemporary short comedy films from around the world. The festival tours cities throughout Australia, and further afield, but this is the first time it has visited Britain. Greg Coffey, Festival Director, says: “Over The Fence aims to celebrate new and independent filmmakers, their comic masterpieces and their excellent sense of humour. “Our mission is to offer a refreshing challenge to people’s ideas of what comedy is, to give our audience a whole new experience of the way in which funny stories can be told through a the wide variety of filmmaking styles, genres, and, from all countries across the world.”
Hosted by Friction Arts, the official festival programme will be proceeded by an evening of West Midlands-made comedy films and performance, including screenings of Evil Resident, cult classic The Westerner, and the newly discovered Battle Of The Lickey Hills – a comedy documentary screened for the first time in the city.
The Over The Fence Comedy Film Festival can be seen at The Edge (Friday 4 July, from 6.30pm, £2) and Custard Factory’s Mockingbird Theatre (Saturday 5 July 2014, 7.30pm, £5). For more information see: www.frictionarts.com or call 0121 772 6160.