The Interviewer

2012 | Australia | 13 mins | 2.35:1
Genre: Comedy
Themes: Disability | Employment | Human Rights | Family
Disability represented on screen: Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome) | Intellectual Disability
Language: English, with Closed Captioning available

Synopsis: Thomas Howell gets more than he bargained for at his interview with a prestigious law firm; an insult about his tie, a rendition of Harry Potter and the chance to change the lives of father and son.

Trailer | Behind The Scenes (BTS)

Cast

Thomas Howell – Winston Cooper
James Dexter – Gerard O’Dwyer
Paul Dexter – Chris Haywood
Joel White – Laurence Brewer
Ian Podman – Brendan Donoghue
Secretary – Heather Clay

Crew

Director – Genevieve Clay-Smith, Robin Bryan
Producer – Eleanor Winkler
Cinematographer – Henry Smith, Audrey O’Connor
Production Design – Charlotte Hamlyn, Digby Webster
Editor – Henry Smith, Genevieve Clay-Smith
Sound Design – Ben Hoadley
Composer – Julian McGruthe

Festival Screenings & Awards

Flickerfest International Short Film Festival 2013 (Australia) – Nominee: Best Australian Short Film
Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2013 (Japan) – Winner: Audience Choice Award
Cleveland International Film Festival 2013 (USA) – Winner: Honourable Mention for The Clover and Maggie Award In Celebration of Life
The Extraordinary Film Festival 2013 (Belgium) – Winner: Grand Prix for Best Short Film and People’s Choice Award
Northhampton International Film Festival 2013 (USA) – Winner: Jury Prize for Best Short Film
Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival 2013 (Australia) – Winner: Most Inspirational Film
RealheART Film Festival 2013 (Canada) – Winner: Founders Award for Best of the Festival, Best Short Film and Best Actor
South Dakota Film Festival 2013 (USA) – Winner: Best Narrative Short
Sidewalk Film Festival 2013 (USA) – Nominee: Best Narrative Short
Woodstock Film Festival 2013 (USA) – Nominee: Best Short Film
LA Shorts Fest 2013 (USA)
St Kilda Film Festival 2013 (Australia)
International Family Film Festival 2013 (USA) – Winner: Best Foreign Comedy
Arizona International Film Festival 2013 (USA)
Boston International Film Festival 2013 (USA)
Canada International Film Festival 2013 (USA) – Winner: Jury Award for Best Short Film
WOW Film Festival 2013 (Australia) – Winner: Best Narrative Fiction, Best Direction and People’s Choice
Byron Bay International Film Festival 2014 (Australia) – Winner: Young Australian Filmmaker of the Year Award
Fargo Film Festival 2014 (USA) – Winner: Best Narrative Film
Human Rights Arts and Film Festival 2014 (Australia) – Winner: Best Short Film
Canberra Short Film Festival 2014 (Australia) – Winner: Best Screenplay
Kinofest, International Disability Film Festival 2014 (Russia) – Winner: Best Film
Superfest International Film Festival 2014 (USA) – Winner: Best of Festival
Breckenridge Festival of Film 2014 (USA) – Winner: Best Short Comedy
Maremetraggio International Short Film Festival 2014 (Italy)
MindScope Mental Health Film Festival 2019 (India)
ReelAbilities Pittsburgh 2019 (USA)