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Happy Android

About the film

Street performer Paul Cooper brings joy to audiences around the world with his endearing roving act Tubby the Robot, yet he struggles to find joy within himself. Paul’s childhood was disturbed by a tragic family accident and he now suffers from depression and anxiety. Often feeling disconnected and broken, he goes through the motions of life like an automated machine. Ironically, it is when Paul performs as Tubby that he feels the most functional, the most human. Paul and Tubby inhabit very different worlds – one full of sorrow and alienation, the other filled with happiness and love. In this unique film the two worlds collide, leading to a poignant exploration of family, mental illness and the transformative power of creativity

Runtime 24 mins 51 seconds
Premiere Australian Premiere
Previous Festivals Hot Docs

Director(s) Jaina Kalifa

Venue Cinema Nova

Address 380 Lygon St, Carlton VIC 3053, Australia

Date July 20, 2019

Time 11:00 am

GenresAustralian, Shorts

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