ASFF Official Selection Trailer: Status by Director Richard Williamson

Richard Williamson’s award-winning Status screened in the thriller strand at ASFF 2014. Shot in Australia in 2011, the film is set in the near future when social networking has moved out of the virtual world and into the physical. The harrowing tale confronts audiences with a portrait of the modern world that is all too familiar. Status received previous recognition from numerous festivals including Carnival Indiana 2011, Fantasia Montreal 2012, Chashama New York 2011 and the Bermuda IFF 2012.

Williamson’s dark short film Black and White also appeared in the thriller programme. In this dramatically edgy and pessimistic reflection on modern-day society, the viewer meets face-to-face with the film’s protagonist, who unknowingly gets invited to a sex party, and has no way out. In this insightful and disturbing social nightmare, surviving with your soul intact is tough.

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1. Richard Williamson’s Status.