Crossbow (short film)

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Directed by David Michôd
Produced by Angie Fielder
Polly Staniford
Written by David Michôd
Starring Cy Standen
Joel Edgerton
Lisa Chappell
Mirrah Foulkes
Music by Sam Petty
Cinematography Greig Fraser
Edited by Luke Doolan
Aquarius Films
Release dates
  • 9 March 2007 (2007-03-09) (Italy, Venice Film Festival)
  • 10 June 2007 (2007-06-10) (Australia, Sydney Film Festival)
  • 8 January 2008 (2008-01-08) (United States, Sundance Film Festival)
  • 5 April 2008 (2008-04-05) (Canada, Pacific Cinémathèque Pacifique)
Running time 15 min
Country Australia
Language English

Crossbow is a 2007 Australian coming-of-age drama film written and directed by David Michôd.[1][2] The film features Cy Standen, Joel Edgerton, Lisa Chappell and Mirrah Foulkes and had its world premiere in competition at the Venice Film Festival on 9 March 2007.[3] After that the film compete at number of film festivals and earned good reviews.[4][5][6]


The film focus on a kid and his relationship with his mum and dad. His problems and struggle and the neighbor who watched the whole thing unravel.



Filming took place at Macquarie Fields, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.[7]


Critical response[edit]

The film received mainly positive reviews. Jason Sondhi of short of the week gave film the positive review and praised Michôd's direction and said "I find the elegaic streak that Crossbow mines to be rare and wonderful in film, and kudos go to Michôd, because it is difficult to pull off. Indeed the film is strikingly reminiscent to one of the best films of this vein, Sofia Coppola’s work, The Virgin Suicides, a movie structured very similarly, with its title that undermines suspense, and its observant narration that wrestles with the exquisite sadness of seemingly senseless tragedy, and how it relates to sexuality and nostalgia."[8] Another review for the film also praised Michôd by saying "Michôd seems very close to hitting all the right notes in Crossbow and he seems extremely comfortable behind a camera."[9]


Year Award Category Recipient Result
2007 Melbourne International Film Festival Film Victoria Erwin Rado Award for Best Australian Short Film Won[10]
Australian Film Institute Awards (AFI) Best Screenplay in a Short Film David Michôd Won[11]
Fitz Best Short film Awards Best Film Won[12]
2008 Flickerfest film festival Best Director David Michôd Won[13][14]
Best Sound Design Sam Petty Won[13]
St Kilda Short Film Festival Best Cinematography Greig Fraser Won[15]

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