Tony Briggs | Short Drama
Australia | 2019 | 9 min
International Premiere

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 | 10:15am
Short Program: Metamorphosis
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 3

Sunday, October 27, 2019 | 10:30am
Shorts Program: Metamorphosis
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 2

As a young boy becomes of age, two elders from his tribe decide that it’s time to test his cultural knowledge and send him off into the bush by himself. It’s not only a test of his skills in survival but also a challenge who he will become.


Tony is a Yorta Yorta/Wurundjeri (Woiwuurung) First Nations film practitioner (Actor, Writer, Director and Producer) based in Melbourne. The creator and writer of feature film ‘The Sapphires’ which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival 2012. He received two AWGIE awards and it also won 11 of 12 categories at AACTA 2013. He previously wrote ‘The Sapphires’ Play, which had sell-out seasons at the MTC and Belvoir, winning two Helpmann Awards. In 2013 Tony was awarded the Bob Maza Fellowship to attend New York for an intensive course on directing and filmmaking. Tony is co-originator, executive producer and writer of the eight part TV series ‘The Warriors’ (2016). Other writing credits include ‘My Place’ S2 E13 (2010) and The Sapphires Animation Series (2015). He is Artistic Director of Birrarangga Film Festival showcasing Indigenous Films from across the Globe, writing and developing a high end TV series 'Eden' and directing two short films. He is also curating two talks per year as part of ACMI's 'In Conversation' Series and facilitating Blak Masterclasses in Film and TV for Indigenous people.