A look at the outstanding work of the cinematographers behind a selection of short films from the 2018 Sydney Film Festival by Vanessa Abbott

Cinematographer: Luke Whitmore

After an unwanted visit from his brother, ex-dancer Johnny (Hunter Page-Lochard) goes searching in the bush for his missing dog, in what fast becomes a life or death situation. Djali sees Johnny dealing with loss and his battle of depression. Being pushed to the edge, he is forced to make a decision; give up on his life or decide to stare death in the face. 

Directed by Hunter ‘Djali Yumunu’ Page-Lochard, an Australian actor of both Aboriginal-Australian and American descent. Page-Lochard is best known for his roles in The Sapphires (2012), and as of 2016, he stars as Koen West in ABC’s sci-fi drama series, Cleverman (2016-).

This is Whitmore’s first project as Cinematographer after much experience in the camera department on television shows such as Rake (2010-), Hyde & Seek (2016) and Blue Murder: Killer Cop (2017). His simple approach belies the cinematographer’s talent as Whitmore’s camera deftly moves in complete harmony with both narrative and tone. Djali is not to be missed.

Vanessa Abbott is a writer based in Melbourne. 

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