Asia Society Texas Center

Screen Asia: Australian Short Film Today 2017

Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 – Friday, Dec. 1, 2017

07:00 PM – 09:30 PM


This 90-minute program of 11 short films will open with Matthew Saville's A Writer and Three Script Editors Walk Into a Bar, a three-minute film on the agony of screenwriting. The program also includes, among other films, Bluey, a drama by Darlene Johnson about a troubled young woman who has lost her child; Habits, an animation by Kathy Sarpi about a woman in need of self-improvement; The Mother Situation, directed by well-known Australian actor Matt DayThe Dam, by Brendon McDonall, a drama about feelings between two lifetime friends that can no longer be contained; Identical, a mockumentary about identical twins, starring, written and directed by identical twins Mark Nichols and Brett Nichols; and Meat and Potatoes, by Arielle Thomas and Ellenor Argyropoulous, a dark comedy about a vegan woman who is starving in the Outback during the apocalypse.


7:00 pm | Film Screenings
8:30 pm | Reception and Q&A with Australian Film Short Today Director Chris Beale

About Australian Short Film Today

Australian Short Film Today showcases the talents of Australian short film makers. It has shown the early work of several Australian directors of short films who have gone on to become feature film makers for the international audience. They include Robert Luketic (Legally Blonde21The Ugly Truth, and Killers), Gregor Jordan (Buffalo SoldiersNed Kelly), Emma Kate Croghan(Love and Other Catastrophes), Christina Andreef (Soft Fruit), Peter Duncan (Children of the Revolution), Andrew Lancaster (Accidents Happen), and Academy Award winning animator Adam Elliot (Harvie Krumpet).

Major support for Performing Arts and Culture programs comes from Nancy C. Allen, Ellen Gritz and Milton Rosenau, the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance, and the Anchorage Foundation. Generous funding also provided by AARP, The Clayton Fund, Miller Outdoor Theatre, New England Foundation for the Arts, and through contributions from the Friends of Asia Society, a premier group of individuals and organizations committed to bringing exceptional programming and exhibitions to Asia Society Texas Center. This program is presented in collaboration with Australian Short Film Today.


  • Tuesday - Friday, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Closed Mondays and major holidays
  • Free Hours: Admission to the building and Grand Hall exhibition is free. Admission to the Louisa Stude Sarofim Gallery is free for Asia Society members; $8 for nonmembers.

Directions & Parking

  • Free Parking
  • Paid Parking
  • Street Parking
  • Parking in Asia Society Texas Center's lot is $5 for 1-24 hours. Entrances on Caroline and Austin. Limited free and paid street parking also available.

Special Offers / Dining

An India-Inspired Café
Enjoy breakfast and lunch at Pondi! Pondicheri's museum café is open for extended lunch hours Tuesday through Sunday with a vibrant and innovative menu featuring everything from butter chicken to saffron shrimp salad and roti wraps.
Tuesday – Friday, 11 am – 5 pm
Saturday – Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm


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