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The Jinja Assassin shreds at Tropfest

1st February 2019

The Jinja Assassin, a short film by Fireteller in collaboration with Signet, has been selected as one of sixteen finalists for Tropfest, the inaugural Australian short film competition. Tropfest is the largest short film festival in the world.

Directed by Will Faulkner (WA), Nathan Keene (WA) and Matt Henry (QLD), the film was created with the intent in landing a coveted spot in the festival. Films have to be made especially for Tropfest, and include a unique “TSI” or Tropfest Signature Item to prove they were made especially for the festival. The TSI this year was “candle”.

The comedy documentary film follows high school teacher Alex Roberts, aka The Jinja Assassin, as he placed second at the 2018 Air Guitar World Championships in Oulu, Finland.

“We had no idea this crazy world of air guitar existed before starting this project,” recalled Will Faulkner.

Alex Roberts said he had become more famous for playing air guitar than real guitar. “I played real guitar for nine years but got nowhere, now I’m on the world stage playing air”.

“The film is about more than just air guitar, it’s about how we can use silliness and ridiculousness to overcome personal tragedy and trauma,” Nathan Keene said.

The Jinja Assassin along with 15 other film finalists will be screened at Tropfest in Parramatta on February 9th.