Jerrycan, written and directed by Julius Avery and produced by Stuart Parkyn, was awarded the Jury Prize by the short film jury at the closing ceremony at Cannes last night.
"This Jury Prize is a great achievement for Julius Avery, Stuart Parkyn, and the entire Jerrycan team," said Australian Film Commission (AFC) Chief Executive Officer Chris Fitchett. "We congratulate all those involved in Jerrycan on this outcome."
The 2008 short film jury is headed by director Hsiao Hsien Hou and includes Olivier Assayas (director), Susanne Bier (director), Marina Hands (actress) and Laurence Kardish (curator, Museum of Modern Art, New York). The short film jury awards the short film Palme d'Or as well as prizes for the three best films in the Cinéfondation section.
Jerrycan is about Nathan, a kid who risks everything after he is bullied into making a life and death decision. Julius Avery was the recipient of the Emerging Australian Filmmaker Award at the Melbourne International Film Festival in 2006 and the winner of the Australian Directors Guild Directors Award for Best Direction in a Student Film at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2007. Jerrycan was supported by the AFC.
Production Company: Avery & Parkyn
Director/Writer: Julius Avery
Producer: Stuart Parkyn
Co-Producer: Matt Downey
Director of Photography: Adam Arkapaw
Editor: Jack Hutchings
Cast: Tristan Burke, Walter Currie, Kyle Taylor, Nick Tomas and Dylan Thomas
Synopsis: Five bored kids with nothing to do decide to blow something up. Paper, scissors, rock seals the fate of Nathan, who risks everything after he is bullied into making a life and death decision.