ASFAD: Miracle Fish (2009)


A Short Film A Day
Miracle Fish
by Luke Doolan

Short Films are extremely important to us, which is why one of our top priorities this year is covering a short film every day. While we’re starting the first thirty days on the site with fairly well known short films, we would like to get as many submissions as possible quickly. If you or someone you know has made a short film, please contact us at 

When it comes to recent short films, I don’t think there’s been anyone as consistently great as Blue-Tongue Films, an Australian film collective started almost twenty years ago by (now) major film star Joel Edgerton, his brother, the actor/stuntman Nash Edgerton, (mostly) editor Luke Doolan, (mostly) director David Michôd and a handful of others.

In that time they’ve created dozens of music videos for artists like Bob Dylan, Ben Lee, You Am I and Missy Higgins, as well as the fantastic feature, Animal Kingdom.

For the purposes of A Short Film A Day, we’re more interested in their amazing track-run of 11 short films. This short, Miracle Fish, was written and directed by Luke Doolan.

8 year old Joe has a Birthday he will never forget. After friends tease him, he sneaks off to the sick bay, wishing everyone in the world would go away. He wakes up to find his dream may have become a reality.

Miracle Fish premiered at Sundance 2009, played at almost 100 film festivals and won dozens of awards before it was nominated for an Oscar.

Blue-Tongue has some exciting films coming up, including another short film, The Captain, which premiered at Sundance 2013. They also have two upcoming features. One is the thriller, Felony, staring Tom Wilkinson, Melissa George and Joel Edgerton (who also wrote it), from Toronto 2013, as well as The Rover, directed by Animal Kingdom’s , staring Robert Pattinson, Guy Pearce and Nash Edgerton, which is opening this summer in Australia, but doesn’t have a festival premiere or US opening date from distributor A24 (Spring Breakers, The Bling Ring).

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