The Orchestra is a hand drawn short animation by Australian director and animator Mikey Hill. It was produced by Melanie Brunt at Feather Films Pty Ltd and financed by Screen Australia.
Imagine a world where a band of tiny musicians follow you and play a soundtrack for your life – communicating your emotions, fears and hopes. In this world lives elderly Vernon; a lonely man whose crippling shyness causes his orchestral musicians to perform terribly out of tune. When Vernon and his little band fall for their new next door neighbour and her classical ensemble, they find themselves presented with perhaps their last chance at happiness - a chance to strike a chord and play in harmony. But first they must confront their stage fright.
Over its festival life, The Orchestra screened at over 100 film festivals including Aspen Shortsfest (USA); Tribeca Film Festival (USA); BFI London Film Festival (UK); Palm Springs International ShortFest (USA); Austin Film Festival (USA); SITGES Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic de Catalunya (Spain); Adelaide Film Festival (Australia); and Sydney Film Festival (Australia). It has also collected over 30 awards and distinctions.
The incredibly complex and amazing score was composed by Jamie Messenger.
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