Heartbreak and Beauty

2014 | Australia | 15 mins
Genre: Documentary | Experimental
Themes: Dance | Mental Health | BIPOC | CALD
Disability represented on screen: Intellectual Disability | Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome) | Wheelchair Use
Language: English, with Closed Captioning available

Synopsis: Devised by twelve people living with an intellectual disability over a period of 10 months, Heartbreak and Beauty is an experimental short film that combines music, visual metaphor, dance and original poetry to express how we are all connected through our shared human experiences of love and loss.

Trailer | Behind the Scenes (BTS)


Performers – Natalie Bacci, Emma Brode, Lisa Ghofer, Sonja Kerr, Steve Konstatopoulos, Rob Mccredie, Audrey O’Connor, Gerard O’Dwyer, Pearl Pride, Sangeetha Punnia-Moorthy, Jessie Rabbitts, Daniel Suwitra, Digby Webster, Patricia Wood, David Zughbi


Director – Genevieve Clay-Smith, Libby Banks, Nathan Basha, Robin Bryan
Writer – Students of Bus Stop Films 2014
Producer – Erin Black, Henry Smith
Cinematographer – Henry Smith
Production Design – Phanda Kovalevsky
Editor – Simon Njoo
Sound Design – Brooke Trezise
Composer – Jonny Higgins

Festival Screenings & Awards

Atlanta Docufest 2015 (USA) – Winner: Best Documentary Short
Atlanta Underground Film Festival 2015 (USA) – Winner: Audience Award
Nevada Film Festival 2015 (USA) – Winner: Grand Jury Award for Best Experimental Short Film
South Dakota Film Festival 2015 (USA) – Winner: Jury Award, Award for Inspiration
Palm Springs Shortsfest 2015 (USA) – Nominee: Best Live Action Short
Byron Bay International Film Festival 2015 (Australia)
Newport Beach Film Festival 2015 (USA)
Imago Film Festival 2015 (USA)
Firestone International Experimental Film Festival 2015 (Russia)
Other Venice Film Festival 2015 (USA)
Fargo Film Festival 2015 (USA)
Canada International Film Festival 2015 (Canada)