VIDEO: Filmmaker wows Cannes

A still from Rodd Rathjen’s short film Tau Seru, the story of a nomadic sheep herder and his son living in the Himalayas.Source: Bendigo Advertiser

Rodd Rathjen always wanted to make films.

But growing up in the central Victorian town of Colbinabbin, the opportunities to make his dream a reality were limited. So he decided to move to Melbourne.

Now at age 31, he is the only Australian filmmaker to screen a film at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

His film Tau Seru was selected to screen in the critics week selection at Cannes, the famous French film festival.

Currently in London, Mr Rathjen described the festival as a football trip that didn’t end.

“It was an amazing experience,” he said.

“It was a great chance for me to network and to get some exposure.

“There was always something happening, the films and then there was the parties at night.

“It was great to see my film be so well received, I was privileged to be a part of the event.”

The Victorian College of the Arts graduate said his eight-minute film was about a nomadic sheep herder and his son living in the Himalayas.

“I went backpacking through India and the Himalayas in 2011. That is how I came up with the idea of the film,” he said.

Tau Seru Trailer from Rodd rathjen on Vimeo.

Mr Rathjen shot the film with a small team last year.

“It was challenging,” he said.

“We shot the film at an altitude of 4000 metres and then there was the language barrier.”

On Monday, the film had its first Australian screening at the Sydney Film Festival.

Mr Rathjen said he was currently working on his first feature film script.

“I plan to spend a month in Greece and do some writing before I go to a screening in Paris,” he said.

“After I do all the writing it will take some time to get funding for it.

“I will probably have to go back to Colbinabbin and work on the farm for a while.”

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