Short Film Profile

Broken Road

David Morton wasn't prepared for the breakdown of his marriage. He wasn't ready when his wife abandoned him and their two young daughters. But when he journeys into the harsh Australian desert, David soon discovers just how ill-equipped he is for life as a single parent.

In an attempt to keep his family from crumbling completely and win back the love and trust of his daughters, who resent him for the departure of their mother, David embarks on a trip to the outback. Together with his daughters, Marnie and Karla, the family travel deep into the remote wilderness. When their station wagon blows a tyre, their trip is brought to a sudden halt. David quickly realises that they have no spare, and with no cellphone signal or person for miles, the truly dangerous nature of their predicament emerges. The day is drawing to an end and as the sun sets the family is forced to camp in the outback. Through the harsh desert sun and the cold, windy night, the strain and despair surrounding the separation begin to surface. The anguish between David and his daughters finally erupts in a heartbreaking confrontation, wherein David finally learns of the suffering that his children have also endured due to their mother leaving. The family are forced to show their true emotions and deal with their loss, all the while attempting to escape the Australian outback and return home safely.

Film notes

Broken Road is a 14 minute short film made by six students from Bond University in Queensland, Australia. During 4 months of pre-production, they developed the script, raised the film budget of approximately $7,000 AUD and prepared for their epic journey into the Austrialia outback.

The film was shot over 1,000 miles from their homes on the Gold Coast on a cattle and sheep station near Winton, Queensland. Captured on super 16mm, the shoot took place over 6 days in this deserted, isolated location during September 2008. Despite facing their own car troubles, becoming lost in the outback, battling a storm, several twisters, and consequently a sudden change to the shooting schedule and script, the crew of Broken Road succeeded in overcoming these obstacles and brought this beautiful story to life.
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Previous screenings

Angry Film Festival | 2009
26 Mar | Fitzroy, Australia
Melbourne Soapbox for Short Films | 2009
18 Apr | Melbourne, Australia
24 Apr – 26 Apr | Seattle, United States
22 May – 24 May | Newtown, Australia
26 May – 31 May | Melbourne, Australia
28 May – 30 May | Moray, United Kingdom
Cincinnati-Oxford International Film Festival | 2009
23 Jul – 26 Jul | Cincinnati, United States
1 Aug – 7 Aug | Brisbane, Australia
19 Aug | Currumbin, Australia
1 Oct – 8 Oct | Tacoma, United States
9 Oct – 15 Oct | Indore, India
15 Oct – 31 Oct | Manzini, Swaziland
16 Oct – 17 Oct | Virginia Beach, United States
Indiefest | 2009
16 Oct – 25 Oct | Celebration, United States
Yosemite Film Festival | 2009
23 Oct – 24 Oct | Yosemite, United States
12 Nov – 15 Nov | Southport, Australia
14 Nov – 20 Nov | Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
18 Nov – 21 Nov | Marsa, Malta
20 Nov – 21 Nov | Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
26 Nov – 29 Nov | Warsaw, Poland
5 Dec – 12 Dec | Adelaide, Australia
7 Dec | Edinburgh, United Kingdom
26 Mar – 27 Mar | Frederick, United States
17 Jun – 19 Jun | Venlo, Netherlands
30 Jun | Los Angeles, United States
Loopallu Festival | 2010
17 Sep – 18 Sep | Ullapool, United Kingdom

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A touching film wonderfully directed and acted.
28 Sep 2009 | Anonymous

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Broken Road has received 5 new awards at Queensland New Filmmakers Awards. | more...
30 August 2009
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