Bringing truth to fiction: a chat with MIFF winner Brietta Hague

Journalist and filmmaker Brietta Hague talks about her MIFF-winning Australian short film 'Baltasar', shot in Barcelona.
Brietta Hague

Last week, Brietta Hague’s 20-minute drama Baltasar was announced as winner of the Melbourne International Film Festival’s Film Victoria Erwin Rado Award for Best Australian Short Film.

Set and shot in Barcelona, and made as a Spanish-Australian co-production, Baltasar follows a Senegalese migrant as he goes about his day, caring for a sick housemate, then heading to a shopping mall to dress up as one of the ‘Three Wise Men’ in a Christmas show for kids.

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Rochelle Siemienowicz is the ArtsHub Group's Education and Career Editor. She was previously a journalist for Screenhub and is a writer, film critic and cultural commentator with a PhD in Australian cinema. She was the co-host of Australia's longest-running film podcast 'Hell is for Hyphenates' and has written a memoir, Fallen, published by Affirm Press. Her second book, Double Happiness, a novel, will be published by Midnight Sun in 2024. Instagram: @Rochelle_Rochelle Twitter: @Milan2Pinsk