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2013 08 01

RUPERT PREMIERES ONLINE

Facing Rupert can now be seen online! From today you can view and share Facing Rupert around on the internets. Enjoy!

Love always,
Rupert

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2012 11 13

RUPERT'S RETIREMENT, THE REVIEWS ARE IN

Rupert rounded out his Festival life last week at the 2012 New York City Horror Film Festival and the reviews are in. Horrornews.net calls Rupert "creepy and understated" and a "real winner" while WeGotThisCovered.com declared Rupert to be "devilishly fun and strange" and "definitely a short worth watching".

All in all a very satisfying end to Rupert's travels around the globe. In the end Rupert appeared in lucky 13 festivals, winning at the 2011 Arizona Underground Film Festival and the 2010 Sydney Sci-Fi and Fantasy Film Festival, and garnering nominations for best director and actor at the 2011 Melbourne Underground Film Festival. Thanks to all who came out and saw Rupert along the way, and all the new friends he made around the world. We hope to have news of an internet premiere soon.

Love always,
Rupert

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2012 10 01

ONE MONTH FROM RETIREMENT, RUPERT RETURNS FOR ONE LAST BIG SCORE

Rupert is announcing his retirement from festival life. But before sailing around the world on his boat the "Live-4-Ever" in true B-grade style Rupert's coming back for one last big score... This November Facing Rupert will open the 2012 New York City Horror Film Festival, screening in Program 1 7PM Thursday 8 November at Times Scare NY, "the only club in NY with a haunted house". Guests of the festival also include Rob Zombie and Wes Craven, whoever they are.

Rupert and family would like to thank everyone who helped him along the way, from pre-production, to the shoot, to post-production, to festivals and beyond. He has had a wild three-and-a-half year ride that still continues to amaze to this day. He looks forward to a quiet life on the internet tending to his virtual rose garden and racing his team of flying penises on Second Life.

Stay tuned for internet release details before year's end.

Love always,
Rupert

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2011 11 28

RUPERT FINISHES 2011 IN BIRTHPLACE OF PURPLE RAIN, ERDSTEIN

Rupert rounds out 2011 with a trip to the birthplace of his creator, Minneapolis, MN, screening this Saturday 3 December at the Minneapolis Underground Film Festival! Rupert screens in the Themes Of Horror short film program, 17:15 at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Theatre 1. Pack your puppet-sized long-johns!

Love always,
Rupert

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2011 10 23

LAUSANNE RECAP

Rupert's appearance in Lausanne received a brief mention on the Swiss film website cinema.ch. Thanks to Amber Maloney and Rémy Ventura Horta for the translation:

"There is also a place for crazy stories, like Rise of the Appliances which looks at the probability of machines developing a conscience and eradicating humanity or the original Facing Rupert (Rupert is brain tumour in the form of an embryo, which we quickly learn is the twin of it's host!). An intriguing and captivating short film."

Love always,
Rupert

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2011 10 18

RUPERT LUFFS TO DO THAT FONDUE THAT HE DO SO WELL

"A man has his brain tumor removed. An act that would be banal if the tumor was not the patient's twin brother. A strange face-to-face awaits them."

This intensely neutral synopsis can mean only one thing: Rupert is going to Switzerland! Making his continental European debut this weekend at the Lausanne Underground Film and Music Festival, Facing Rupert will screen in Shorts Program 1 at the Cinéma Oblò this Thursday 20 October at 18:30 and Salle Paderewski on Saturday 22 October at 18:15. FREE FONDUE FOR ALL!* Thanks LUFF!

*BYO fondue, fondue pot, Swiss-army fondue knife.

Love always,
Rupert Von Trapp

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2011 10 11

ARIZONA RECAP

There is a recap of the Arizona Underground Film Festival by Lauren Wissot on the Filmmaker Magazine website, including a sweet mention of Facing Rupert:

"...I saw some thrillingly unconventional shorts (such as Facing Rupert, Australian director Gregory Erdstein's British-humored tale of a deadpan dude peeved at his "twin" Rupert – "A small human being found inside the skull of a grown man," as his pompous doctor explains to colleagues)".

Full article here.

Huge respect to Ms. Wissot for using the word "dude" in the synopsis. Dude!

Love always,
Dude

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2011 10 10

HORRIFIC RUPERT WALKS GENRE TIGHTROPE ALL THE WAY TO LONDON

Having participated in festival programs for Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Underground and Comedy Facing Rupert continues to crossover genres this weekend by making his WORLD HORROR PREMIERE closing out the Shorts Program at the BRITISH HORROR FILM FESTIVAL this Saturday 15 October at 2PM, screening in simulcast at both the Empire Cinema in Leicester Square and the Dance Pavilion in Bournemouth. One of the other shorts in the program features Warwick Davis, so consider this is A VERY BIG DEAL.

Love always,
Rupert

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2011 09 29

HOLY CRAP! RUPERT WINS IN ARIZONA!

Fantastic news, dudes!

Facing Rupert has been awarded BEST NARRATIVE SHORT at the Arizona Underground Film Festival! There is some coverage of the awards on the journal of underground film BAD LIT.

Thanks AUFF for this amazing honour! This calls for a celebration!

Love always,
Rupert

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2011 09 13

THAT GUM RUPERT LIKES IS COMING BACK INTO STYLE

Prior to screening in the 'Beyond The Celluoid' program at the Arizona Underground Film Festival this Sunday evening, Rupert pops into the Maelstrom International Fantastic Film Festival in Seattle, WA. Proudly joining other V.C.A. grad-directed films Payload and Status at Maelstrom, Rupert opens for feature The Melancholy Fantastic at 12:00pm at the SIFF Cinema. Rupert will be at the Twin Peaks diner later for cherry pie and coffee back as midnight on a moonless night.

Regards,
Trepur

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2011 08 31

'PUPPET-LIKE' RUPERT RESUMES US TOUR

Triple-A Rupert news, dudes!

Facing Rupert resumes his US tour this September with screenings at the Arizona Underground Film Festival in the 'Beyond The Celluoid' block of shorts on Sunday September 18 18:00 at The Screening Room, then at the Atlanta Underground Film Festival in the 'Shit-Ton-of-Fun' Comedy Shorts program on Friday September 23 20:00 in the seductively-named Rodriguez Room of the Goat Arm Arts Centre. Rupert also picked up nominations for Best Director and Best Actor at the recent Melbourne Underground Film Festival, which is surprising as he didn't direct the film and his acting has routinely been described as 'puppet-like'. There may be some inaccuracies in that last sentence.

Regards,
Rupert

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2011 08 03

RUPERT TO SHOOT MAN IN RENO, LAY LOW IN MELBOURNE UNDERGROUND

Dudes,

Pack your Spock ears, Facing Rupert will be appearing at the 69th World Science Fiction Convention Film Festival in Reno, Nevada on Friday 19 August 2pm (2:42pm to be exact) in the storied Room D6 of the Reno-Sparks Convention Centre.

You can then welcome Rupert home on Sunday 21 August at 7pm at MEMO in St Kilda (88 Acland Street) when he screens at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival as part of "Mini MUFF" Session 1. Tickets on the door, obvious innuendo is allowed but will most likely disappoint everyone.

Regards,
Rupert

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2011 04 13

RUPERT TO APPEAR AT SCI-FI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL, ANGLES FOR ROYAL WEDDING INVITE

Hey London,

Rupert is coming to the Sci-Fi London Film Festival 2011 Shorts Programme 1 on April 25, 1715 at the Apollo Cinemas, Piccadilly Circus! Naturally he also needs some casual bar shifts at the Walkabout Pub and an upstairs window to display his Australian-flag towel before his Contiki tour of continental tourist-traps. Are there still tickets for the royal wedding?

Tickets to the screening available here.

Much love,
Rupert x

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2011 03 17

MUCH ANGRY THERE IS IN RUPERT

Melbourne dudes,
Facing Rupert will be screening next week on Thursday March 24 at the Angry Film Festival: Australian Shorts Program. The program also features the brilliant Going, Going directed by Rupert puppeteer (Ruperteer; Ruppeteer?) Alice Foulcher! Great Northern Hotel 644 Rathdowne Street, Carlton. Show starts at 2000. Tickets $10.

Much love,
Rupert x

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2011 03 09

RUPERT VS. CELTICS

If you like Larry Bird and parasitic twins, then have I got news for you. Facing Rupert will have its international premiere at the Boston Underground Film Festival in the "Family Values" shorts session on Friday March 25 at 1730! There will be a second screening on March 28, also at 1730. All sessions will screen at the Kendall Square Cinema in Cambridge, MA. U.S.A. I believe the entire 1986 World Champion Celtic Team will be in attendance.

Much love,
Rupert x

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2010 11 09

RUPERT WINS IN SYDNEY

In the words of Hubert J. Farnsworth, good news, anyone! Facing Rupert has been awarded Best Australian Short Film at the recent Fantastic Planet Sydney Science Fiction and Fantasy Film Festival. A great many thanks must go to the dudes in our wonderful cast and crew, and Dean Bertram, Phd. and his hardworking team of organisers at the Festival. Thanks for the support! Let's party!

Much love,
Rupert x

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2010 11 01

RUPERT IN SYDNEY

Sydney friends, Facing Rupert will be screening at the Fantastic Planet Sydney Science Fiction and Fantasy Film Festival at the Metro Screen in Paddington on Wednesday November 3, 2010 at 9PM as part of the SHORTS PROGRAM #3: Australian Short Film Showcase. Tickets available at the door on the night. Adults $15 Concession $10. Audience members will be able to vote for the festival's Audience Choice: Best Australian Short award.

Sincerely yours,
Rupert Swanson

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