Aesthetica Short Film Festival: The Telegram Man, James Francis Khehtie

James Francis Khehtie’s The Telegram Man (2011), features Australian and international screen legends Jack Thompson, Gary Sweet and Sigrid Thornton. The film explores the impact of World War II on a close-knit Australian farming community. A recipient of the 2011 BAFTA LA (British Academy of Film & Television Arts Los Angeles) Prize, the film was produced by Khehtie. The Telegram Man has screened at more than 100 different film festivals and special events; there has been at least one screening of the film each month somewhere in the world since its completion. It will appear at the Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2014 in the Drama strand, from 6 – 9 November.

The films featured in ASFF 2014 span a diverse range of genres from comedy to music video, fashion to documentary, and animation to artists’ film. The four-day event is a celebration of independent film from across the world, and an outlet for supporting and championing short filmmaking. One of the UK’s most exciting site-specific events, this year’s festival will take place in 15 iconic venues across the historic city of York. Moving between medieval halls, galleries, museums and cinemas, ASFF invites audiences to create their own unique viewing experience.

Alongside screenings, ASFF also presents a dynamic series of masterclasses and workshops with leading industry figures, working with such organisations as BAFTA, Channel 4, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Association of Camera Operators, Raindance, Double Negative, Beggars Group and many more. There are also guest programmes, networking opportunities and special events throughout the weekend, as well as screenings from our guest countries: Japan, Iraq and Lebanon.

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1. Trailer courtesy of YouTube and Khehtie.