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The Better Angels

BLOCK G | Homecoming 

Friday, March 24 | 7 - 9 PM 

Winthrop University | Dina's Place at the DiGiorgio Campus Center

The Better Angels
Screenings & Awards

Melbourne International Animation Festival • National ACS Awards, Australia (Golden Tripod) • Specialised Cinematography: ACS (Gold Award) • Route 66 International Film Festival • EDUKINO Film Festival • Boden International Film Festival • South Australian Screen Awards (Best Animation) • Flickerfest Film Festival • Moving Pictures Film Festival, Antwerp • Eastern Europe Film Festival • Sicily Art Cinema Festival • Moving Pictures Festival, Belgium • Short Film Factory • Madrid Arthouse Film Festival • Calcutta International Film Festival • Polish International Film Festival • The Hague Global Cinema Film Festival • Feel the Reel International Film Festival • St. Kilda Film Festival • Animation Studio Festival Paris • Melbourne International Animation Festival • I Will Tell International Film Festival • Blow up International Arthouse Film Festival • Izmit International Short Film Festival • Sauguatuck Film Festival • 28th International Film Festival Golden Beggar • Milano Independent Film Awards • Sipontum Arthouse International Film Festival • 5th Amazing Shorts & Movies! Film Festival • Austin International Arts Festival • Frankfurt Film Festival • Indy Shorts Film Festival • Encounters Film Festival • Rhode Island International Film Festival • Festival Stop Motion: Montreal: Canada • Sydney Short Film Festival • Pharos Best Inspiration Film Festival • Catalina Film Festival

Cast & Crew

ANIMATION | 2021 | 13 min. 00 sec. 


COUNTRY | Australia 

LANGUAGE | English 

PRODUCER | Richard Chataway 

DIRECTOR | Michael Cusack 

WRITER | Michael Cusack 

CAST | Samuel Lau, Jess Minas


A young soldier trying to escape the horrors of war, finds an abandoned house and within its walls the stories of what might have been.

About the Director

Michael Cusack 's first major award was an Australian Film Institute Award in 1985 for the short film Waltzing Matilda. Since then Michael has forged a flourishing career as director of a growing number of award winning short films. Michael has received the prestigious Master’s Chair Award from the Adelaide Advertising and Design Club a record six times and received the President’s Award from The Adelaide Art Directors for outstanding achievements in TV/Cinema. In 2002 he was made an Honorary Member of the Australian Cinematographer’s Society in recognition of his contributions to the National Film Industry. In 2006 he was again awarded an AFI for Best Short Animation for his film Gargoyle. He has recently been made a member of the Australian Cinema Pioneers. His film, the highly acclaimed Sleight of Hand picked up thirty six national and international awards and was eligible for consideration in the 2014 Academy Awards. His film After All was in the International Competition in Annecy. Upon completing After All, Michael embarked on a new challenge... making a stop motion comedy film. The result was Meanwhile, at the Abandoned Factory... a spoof on the cliff hanger TV serials and movies of the 30's and 40's. Michael was recently the subject of a major retrospective of his work at the Melbourne International Animation Film Festival. Michael is frequently in demand as a speaker and has been invited onto the judging panels of many major commercial and film festivals. His latest film is the poignantly beautiful, The Better Angels was completed in 2021. Michael is currently working on his next short animation "From This Day Forward."

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