Groundhog Night

2020 | Australia | 16 mins | 1.85:1
Genre: Comedy
Themes: Disability | Relationships | Family | LGBTQIA+ | Sexuality
Disability represented on screen: Cerebral Palsy | Wheelchair use
Language: English, with Closed Captioning available

Synopsis: For carer Gary, moving on and keeping his family together isn’t always easy. Tensions run high when his late wife’s parents arrive unannounced after he brings home a date.



Gary – John Batchelor
Cheryl – Susan Prior
Jess – Emily Dash
Isabelle – Genevieve Clay Smith
Rose – Robyn Nevin
Ralph – Chris Haywood


Director – Genevieve Clay-Smith
Writer – Emily Dash
Producer – Dianna La Grassa, Tracey Corbin-Matchett
Cinematographer – Mikey Hamer
Production Design – Keerthi Subramanyam
Editor – Grace Eyre
Sound Design – Georgia Collins
Composer – Jonny Higgins

Festival Screenings & Awards

Sydney Film Festival 2020 (Australia)
CinefestOZ Film Festival 2020 (Australia)
Santos Film Festival 2020 (Brazil)
Busan Inter-City Film Festival 2020 (South Korea)
Flickerfest International Short Film Festival 2021 (Australia)
Cleveland International Film Festival 2021 (USA) – Nominee: Best Comedy Short Film
St Kilda Film Festival 2021 (Australia) – Nominee: Best Director and Best Achievement in Screenplay
Cordillera International Film Festival 2021 (USA)
ReelAbilities Pittsburgh 2021 (USA)
Rencontres Internationales du Cinéma des Antipodes 2021 (Saint Tropez, France) – In Competition
Australian Short Film Today 2021: Austin (USA) – Winner: Audience Award
The Extraordinary Film Festival 2021 (Belgium)
Screen Producers Australia (SPA) Awards 2022 (Australia) – Nominee: Short Film Production of the Year
Australian Short Film Today 2022: New York (USA) – Winner: Audience Award
Australian Short Film Today 2022: Paris (France) – Winner: Audience Award
Australian Short Film Today 2022: London (UK) – Winner: Audience Award
Dakota Film Festival 2022 (USA)
Human Rights Arts & Film Festival 2023 (Australia)