Short films inspired by James Joyce’s masterpiece Ulysses
In association with Bloomsday Melbourne and Filmonik Melbourne
JAMES JOYCE’S ULYSSES: THE (VERY) SHORT FILM
Entries close 31 May 2015
$500 prize for best film
Melbourne’s literary and filmmaking communities are invited to celebrate the work of James Joyce, taking his brilliant, hilarious and notoriously difficult novel Ulysses and interpreting it on film or video… in under five minutes.
Reel Joyce: The James Joyce Short Film Showcase offers emerging and established filmmakers, writers and actors the opportunity to create their own interpretation of a passage from Joyce’s great novel. And there’s only one rule: it must be less than five minutes.
‘James Joyce is Ireland’s most famous novelist,’ says Bloomsday in Melbourne organiser Frances Devlin-Glass, ‘and Melbourne is Australia’s most artistic, literary and creative city. We’re challenging our city’s filmmakers, screenwriters and actors to bring Joyce’s work to life with a short film. Take a page or two and let them inspire you!’ The best film, if suitable, will be screened on Bloomsday, 16 June 2015.
The project has already won the backing of Filmonik Melbourne, which is hosting a ‘Kabaret,’ screening short Joyce films shot from go to whoa in just 96 hours. ‘I know, it’s crazy bonkers,’ says Filmonik’s Leeanne Torpey. ‘But such fun! It attracts filmmakers both emerging and emerged from all over this artistic city of ours. And this Joyce challenge has really caught the imagination of our contributors. We’re champing at the bit!’
For more than 20 years Bloomsday in Melbourne has presented an annual celebration of Joyce around 16 June, ‘Bloomsday,’ the date on which the action of Ulysses is set. In 2015 their centrepiece presentation is The Reel James Joyce, exploring the Joyce who was deeply in love with cinema.
‘Not many people know that James Joyce actually established the very first cinema in his home city of Dublin,’ says Devlin-Glass. ‘Our play riffs on that theme and suggests a fictional encounter in 1920s Paris between Joyce and Charlie Chaplin. What would they have made of each other?’
Now, nearly a century later, we’re about to find out what happens when James Joyce meets the filmmakers of Melbourne. One thing is clear: it’ll all be over in less than five minutes.
To find out more about Reel Joyce: The James Joyce Short Film Showcase, go to www.filmonik.com.au/about-filmoni-melbourne.
For more information, and to register your intention to submit a film, or to have recommendations about particular sequences that Bloomsday thinks might be suitable, please email Steve Carey.