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Mutt

This is a tale about a loyal, hard working dog called Mutt and his owner Mac - a disgruntled Farmer who barely manages to eke out a living from selling the milk of his one dairy cow, Matilda. Our three characters are unwittingly dependent on each other for survival, but each has their own all-consuming obsessions...Mutt’s all-consuming obsession is to chase his rubber ball; the only trouble being nobody wants to throw it for him. Mac is too busy obsessing over the minuscule amounts of money that the sale of the milk brings in. Matilda on the other hand, only wants to eat the lush green grass. Life on the farm is tough, and the cow’s milk is what Mac and Mutt’s existence hinges upon, but when the milk supply suddenly dries up things goes from bad to worse. Mutt decides that since Mac will never ‘play ball’ with him he might try Matilda the cow instead. This leads to disaster, Matilda is out of action, the ball is gone and Mac is denied his milk. Has Mutt's obsession driven the characters to the very edge of their own destruction? Or will his passion for play win through in the end?

Film notes

The film encapsulates the harsh, dry Australian rural landscape with decrepit old farm equipment lying useless and rusted surrounded by old parched trees. The farm building is weathered and precarious – much like our farmer Mac. The skies contain constantly moving clouds and reflect the hot midday sun and stormy sunsets. Other than the tiny fertile patch of grass at the top of the hill, the ground is dry and baron as evidenced by the constant plumes of dust raised by Mutt as he runs and skids. All shot in 16:9 HD to fully appreciate the wide expanse of the environments. A considerable amount of contrast was introduced to the lighting and slightly reduced in post-production for cinematic interpretation.

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Copyright

Copyright © 2008 CIRCE Films, Glen Art Productions and Screen Australia

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Previous screenings

2008
Istanbul Film Festival
5 Apr – 20 Apr | Istanbul, Turkey
Zlín Film Festival: International Film Festival for Children and Youth
1 Jun – 8 Jun | Zlin, Czech Republic
Hamburg International Short Film Festival
4 Jun – 9 Jun | Hamburg, Germany
4 Jun – 22 Jun | Sydney, Australia
Annecy International Animation Film Festival
9 Jun – 14 Jun | Annecy, France
10 Jul – 20 Jul | Perth, Australia
11 Jul – 27 Jul | Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil
25 Jul – 10 Aug | Melbourne, Australia
30 Jul – 3 Aug | Plataniskia, Cyprus
31 Jul – 10 Aug | Brisbane, Australia
15 Aug – 21 Aug | Hollywood, United States
12 Sep – 21 Sep | Milano, Italy
19 Sep – 20 Sep | New York, United States
Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia
2 Oct – 12 Oct | Sitges, Spain
Anim'est International Animation Festival
3 Oct – 12 Oct | Bucharest, Romania
12 Oct – 19 Oct | Cork, Ireland
16 Oct – 29 Oct | Chicago, United States
24 Oct | Melbourne, Australia
Brisbane International Animation Festival | 2008
28 Oct – 30 Oct | Brisbane, Australia
Interfilm: International Short Film Festival Berlin
4 Nov – 9 Nov | Berlin, Germany
IF Awards | 2008
13 Nov | Australia
6 Dec – 7 Dec | Australia
2009
9 Jan – 18 Jan | Sydney, Australia
International Ethnographic Film Festival of Quebec
23 Jan – 25 Jan | Montréal, Canada
FICCI BAF Awards | 2009
17 Feb – 19 Feb | Mumbai, India
25 Mar – 29 Mar | Gympie, Australia
26 Mar – 5 Apr | Dallas, United States
1 Apr – 5 Apr | Aspen, United States
2 Apr – 5 Apr | Vail, United States
3 Apr – 5 Apr | Atlantic City, United States
23 Apr – 7 May | San Francisco, United States
28 Apr – 2 May | New York, United States
Manlleu Short Film Festival
20 May – 30 May | Manlleu, Spain
26 May – 31 May | Melbourne, Australia
28 May – 31 May | Dungog, Australia
3 Jun – 8 Jun | Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Australia
Annual festival
5 Jun – 21 Jun | New Brunswick, United States
17 Jun – 21 Jun | Maui, United States
17 Jun – 28 Jun | Edinburgh, United Kingdom
20 Jun – 28 Jun | Melbourne, Australia
23 Jun – 29 Jun | Palm Springs, United States
25 Jun – 9 Jul | Sheffield, United Kingdom
24 Jul – 26 Jul | Brooklyn, United States
29 Aug – 6 Sep | Paris, France
Milwaukee Short Film Festival | 2009
11 Sep – 13 Sep | Milwaukee, United States
18 Sep – 20 Sep | Big Bear Lake, United States
1 Oct – 4 Oct | Forster, Australia
Stavanger Short Film Festival
1 Oct – 3 Oct | Stavanger, Norway
Philadelphia Film and Animation Festival | 2009
1 Oct – 4 Oct | Philadelphia, United States
MUMIA: Underground World Animation Festival
26 Oct – 1 Nov | Brazil
Big Cartoon Festival
28 Oct – 8 Nov | Moscow, Russia
2010
18 Mar – 28 Mar | Cleveland, United States
Angry Film Festival | 2010
6 Apr – 7 Apr | Fitzroy, Australia

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G (Australia)

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Related news

Mutt has received a new award at Angry Film Festival. | more...
29 April 2010
Mutt has received a new award at St Kilda Short Film Festival. | more...
1 June 2009
Mutt has received a new award at San Francisco International Film Festival. | more...
15 May 2009
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Information on this profile is provided by the film owners and/or compiled from available sources | Profile updated 29 Apr 2010