Good Grief

Posted by Jon Underwood on April 15, 2014, 6:29 p.m. 1 comment

I thought this worked really well. For me, just people talking openly about death and loss is such a powerful and beautiful thing.

Hat tip to Nancy Peck (@NrPeck on twitter) who found this and shares so many great posts with us.

From Vimeo about Good Grief:

Good Grief is a short stop motion animated documentary that explores the lessons we learn from dealing with grief and loss. Five real people share their true stories of losing something precious and what it has taught them about living.

Made in 2012, Good Grief has screened at 19 festivals worldwide and won numerous awards. Inspired by the loss of her own mother and the grief that ensued, director Fiona Dalwood went about finding out how the experience of loss transforms us. With a shoestring budget and months of hard work, she made Good Grief, a beautiful short film that has been described as “adorable and heartfelt”. Accessible to children and adults alike, it is being used in educational programs as a starting point to discuss the process of grief and what some of the positive outcomes of grief can be.

Watch Good Grief with French subtitles (Regarder Good Grief avec sous-titres français)

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Written, directed and animated by Fiona Dalwood (
Produced by Jonno Katz (
Music by Matthew Nicholson (
Sound by Livia Ruzic
Voice cast (interview subjects): Dan Michael, Alex De Vos, Sarah De Vos, Andrew O'Sullivan, Dana Katz
© 2012 VCA School of Film & Television, The University of Melbourne, Australia (

Good Grief has screened at the following festivals:
- Official Selection: ECU The European Independent Film Festival (April 2014, Paris, France)
- Official Selection: Tricky Women (March 2014, Vienna, Austria)
- Official Selection: Made in Melbourne Film Festival (November 2013, Melbourne, Australia)
- Official Selection: Animpact (November 2013, Korea/Japan/China)
- Official Selection: Clare Valley Film Festival (November 2013, South Australia, Australia) 
- Official Selection: London International Animation Festival (October 2013, London, UK) 
- Official Selection: Dok Leipzig (November 2013, Germany)
- Official Selection: Anim'Est (November 2013, Bucharest, Romania)
- Official Selection: Cut Out Fest (November 2013, Mexico)
- Official Selection: Canberra Short Film Festival (September 2013, Canberra, Australia)
- Official Selection: Animanima (September 2013, Cacak, Serbia) 
- Official Selection: Just People/Chalice Films for Change (July 2013, Melbourne, Australia) 
- Official Selection: Heart of Gold Film Festival (July 2013, Gympie, QLD, Australia) 
- Official selection: Melbourne International Animation Festival (June 2013, Melbourne, Australia) 
- Official Selection: Warburton Film Festival 'Show Us Your Shorts' (June 2013, Warburton, Victoria, Australia) 
- Official Selection: Brooklyn Film Festival (May-June 2013, United States of America) 
- Official Selection: St Kilda Film Festival (May 2013, Melbourne, Australia) 
- Official Selection: Mo&Friese Children's ShortFilmFestival, as part of the International ShortFilmFestival Hamburg (June 2013, Hamburg, Germany) 
- Official selection: Australian International Animation Festival (May 2013, Australia) 
- Participation by Invitation: Berlinale Online Short Film Cloud 2013 (Feb 2013, Berlin, Germany)

Good Grief has been recognised with the following awards and nominations…
- Winner: Best Australian Student Film, Clare Valley Film Festival 2013
- Nominee: ATOM Awards 2013 - Best Tertiary Animation 
- Highly Commended: Melbourne International Animation Festival 2013 
- Winner: Senior Commendation Award (2013 Warburton Film Festival Show Us Your Shorts, Warburton, Victoria Australia) 
- Nominee: BEST STUDENT FILM 2013 (Australian Directors Guild Awards) 
- Winner: Best Masters Animation 2012 (Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne Australia) 
- Winner: Orloff Family Charitable Trust Script Award 2012 (Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne Australia)



Love this! Thanks fir sharing, Jon and Nancy!

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