Still From Amazing spectacles sculpted from scrap, Rachel Reed

Still From Amazing spectacles sculpted from scrap, Rachel Reed


Craft comes alive at Real To Reel Craft Film Festival

Craft Victoria is proud to host the Melbourne premiere of the Real to Reel Film Festival, 32 short films celebrating craft and makers from around the world.

Unexpected tales of the handmade feature in Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival being held at the Cinema Nova on 22-23 August.

The Real to Reel Film Festival presents 32 short films on extraordinary craftsmanship showcasing the passion and skill of makers from around the world. Witness scrap metal being transformed into astonishing eyewear, a portrait of one of the oldest potteries in Japan and the vibrant tradition of making dance masks and costumes in Mexico.

Three films in the international selection are from Australia. The renowned Tjanpi Desert Weavers have created two animations about life in remote Central and Western desert camps and the role that dogs play. Gifted West Australian wood artisan Neil Turner features in a short film about the passion which drove him to give up farming and pursue woodturning, leading to a highly rewarding life creating beautiful pieces from native Australian timbers.

Still from Nyayuki Papa, 2018. Photo: Tjipani Desert Weavers.

Still from Nyayuki Papa, 2018. Photo: Tjipani Desert Weavers.


Craft Victoria Director, Bryony Nainby, said, ‘You don’t have to be a ‘maker’ to enjoy these films, as the stories explore our most basic human instinct to create and shape materials.

‘The collection of films is entertaining and often rebellious, immersing viewers in inspiring environments and stories from around the world.'

‘The program unites some unusual and perhaps unexpected tales of making including a master saw maker, a replica egg maker and an outdoor gym that powers a bakery.’

The Real to Reel medley of films will be presented over two separate 90-minute screenings. Screening One will be held on Thursday 22 August and Screening Two on August 23 at Cinema Nova in Carlton. Tickets are available from

Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival is produced by the Crafts Council UK and Crafts magazine. Its tour to Australia is courtesy of Maker&Smith.

Real to Reel forms part of the Craft Cubed Festival presented by Craft Victoria. Craft Cubed is supported by the City of Melbourne Triennial Arts Grants Program.


For further information please contact:
Grace Smith, Communications Coordinator, Craft Victoria:
Ph. 03 9650 7775 M. 0401 577 446

Available for interview:
- Gemma Jones, Craft Victoria Public Programs Manager
- Bryony Nainby, Craft Victoria Director 

High resolution images are available on request

Image credit:
Still from Amazing spectacles sculpted from scrap, 2018, Rachel Reed.
Still from Nyayuki Papa, 2018. Photo: Tjipani Desert Weavers.




Founded in 1970, Craft Victoria is dedicated to championing aspirational making and ideas-driven practice through exhibitions, public programs, events and retail opportunities.

In December 2017 Craft Victoria opened a new gallery, retail and office premises in the prestigious Flinders Lane arts precinct, further positioning the organisation as a leader in excellence and innovation in contemporary craft.  Located in Watson Place, just off Flinders Lane behind Supernormal and opposite the Adelphi Hotel, Craft Victoria is a showcase for beautiful local crafts and handmade objects, including jewellery, ceramics, glass, design objects, fashion, textiles, and furniture.