Good Grief

  • Australia
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Good Grief is a short stop motion animated documentary that explores the lessons we learn from dealing with grief and loss. Five real people share their true stories of losing something precious and what it has taught them about living.

When animator Fiona Dalwood lost her mother to cancer in 2010 she went through a profound period of grieving. In the wake of that life-changing process she learnt a lot about herself and the depths of her sadness. Out of it came a strong desire to turn her experience into something positive. She made a promise to her deceased mother that she would pursue what she loved. Good Grief is the result of that promise.

Fiona went about interviewing people who had lost something precious. She asked them how they got through their grief and what perspectives they gained from it. Those interviews were recorded and four unique stories emerged.
• Dan aka “Spangle” lost both of his parents to illness within the space of a fortnight.
• Dana had one of her best friends commit suicide.
• Andrew had his leg amputated after a motorcycle accident when he was a teenager.
He went on to win a gold medal for Australia at the 1988 Seoul Paralympics.
• Sarah and Alex talk about the death of their pet bunny rabbit, Ollie.

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  • Original Title
    Good Grief
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Fiona Dalwood
  • Editing
    Andrew Connell
  • Sound
    Livia Ruzic, Peter Frost
  • Runtime
    8 min (1-15 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Australia
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • • Official Selection: Clare Valley Film Festival (November 2013, South Australia, Australia)
    • • Official Selection: London International Animation Festival (October 2013, London, UK)
    • • Official Selection: Dok Leipzig (November 2013, Germany)
    • • Official Selection: Anim’Est (October 2013, Bucharest, Romania)
    • • Official Selection: Cut Out Fest (November 2013, Mexico)
    • • Official Selection: Canberra Short Film Festival (September 2013, Canberra, Australia)
    • • Official Selection: Just People/Chalice Films for Change (July 2013, Melbourne, Australia)
    • • Official Selection: Animanima (September 2013,Cacak, Serbia)
    • • Official Selection: Just People/Chalice Films for Change (July 2013, Melbourne, Australia)
    • • Official Selection: Heart of Gold Film Festival (July 2013, Gympie, QLD, Australia)
    • • Official selection: Melbourne International Animation Festival (June 2013, Melbourne, Australia)
    • • Official Selection: Warburton Film Festival ‘Show Us Your Shorts’ (June 2013, Warburton, Victoria, Australia)
    • • Official Selection: Brooklyn Film Festival (May-June 2013, United States of America)
    • • Official Selection: St Kilda Film Festival (May 2013, Melbourne, Australia)
    • • Official Selection: Mo&Friese Children’s ShortFilmFestival, as part of the International ShortFilmFestival Hamburg (June 2013, Hamburg, Germany)
    • • Official selection: Australian International Animation Festival (May 2013, Australia)
    • • Participation by Invitation: Berlinale Online Short Film Cloud 2013 (Feb 2013, Berlin, Germany)
  • Awards
    • • Nominee: ATOM Awards 2013 - Best Tertiary Animation
    • • Highly Commended: Melbourne International Animation Festival 2013
    • • Winner: Senior Commendation Award (2013 Show Us Your Shorts, Warburton, Victoria Australia)
    • • Nominee: BEST STUDENT FILM 2013 (Australian Directors Guild Awards)
    • • Winner: Best Masters Animation 2012 (Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne Australia)
    • • Winner: Orloff Family Charitable Trust Script Award 2012 (Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne Australia) is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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