Sydney Film School is extremely proud to once again be one of the major sponsors of this year’s Antenna Documentary Film Festival. The festival is now in it’s fifth year of celebrating the best in local and international non-fiction on screen and will run from October 13-18 this year at Chauvel and Verona Cinemas in Paddington and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney.
We are also extremely proud to have three filmmakers representing our school with their short films featured as part of the festival’s program. Sydney Film School graduate, Todd Millar will have his short film, Travelling Man shown at Antenna on October 15 at Verona Cinema. Travelling Man is a personal story of Millar’s which makes us question how much we really know our parents and getting to know them better from the things they leave behind.
We would like to thank Todd Millar for having a chat to us about her short documentary and about the upcoming Antenna Documentary Film Festival.
Interview and article by Nicole Newton-Plater
Q: How did you make the decision to make a short film about something which was so personal to you?
A: The decision was sort of made for me. In the break between semester 1 and 2, I received a phone call from my mother. She told me she had found an old box of my fathers, and that if I wanted it she would send it to me here. Inside the box was all my fathers travel memorabilia, which I knew nothing about and there was a good start. I had a story I wanted to tell.
Q: You feature both yourself and your family in Travelling Man. Was it challenging to direct yourself on film?
A: It was difficult to direct myself. I didn’t really know what I was doing, I had an idea in my head about how I thought the film should look, but it didn’t really go to plan.
Q: How did your education at Sydney Film School help you in the making of the film?
A: I had a lot of help from my documentary teacher Alejandra Canales.
Q: What have you learned from the making of Travelling Man that you will take into your next film?
A: To really go deep into the story, and not to hold back. I left out a few things that might have given the story more impact. Also to stick to my guns.
Q: What are you looking forward to most about your film being screened at Antenna?
A: Having my little film watched by some of the best in the world.
Q: What attracts you to documentary film making?
A: I love all film genres, but documentary really appeals to me. Real life stories are too interesting not to tell.
For more information on the Antenna Documentary Film Festival or to purchase tickets, please see their Official Website.