The short film Jerrycan is about Nathan, a kid who risks everything after he is bullied into making a life and death decision.
The film has a gritty feel and uncompromising narrative that are distinctive of a number of Australian short films. It was shot using a cast of local kids that give it a certain earthiness and the aesthetic and structure of Jerrycan adds to the veracity of the story.
As a film, Jerrycan is very different to the usual coming of age tales. It is very well acted and a film that is difficult to take your eyes off. .
Running Time: 13.30 mins.
Awards: Australian Film Institute Best Short Film Award (2008), Berlin International Film Festival Honorable Mention (2009), Cannes Jury Prize Winner (2008), Sundance Honorable mention (2009)
Director: Julius Avery.