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Date of Completion: January 2016
Shooting Format: RAW video
Screening Format: DigiBeta/DCP
Running time: 7mins 20 secs
Ratio: 1728 x 436
Tagline: He’s been saving his whole life. But can he afford Justine ?
Synopsis: As a rich, middle-aged man prepares for a date, he discovers what his life is really worth.
Film Website: trueestatefilm.com
True Estate began as a satire on the overpriced rental market in Melbourne and developed into a character study of a middle-aged man, someone who since childhood he has been taught that money and property will guarantee his survival. But what has he to offer as a person? At the mid-point of his life, having had no real time for a social life, this lonely man is ready for love and marriage. The object of his desire is Justine and everything he has is hers for the taking.
We shot with the Canon EOS 7D, running the open source firmware crack, Magic Lantern, which allows the camera to shoot in uncompressed RAW. I wanted to shape the film around a performance and much of the action was developed in rehearsal. It was instructive to see how Matthew opened up space in the monologue, generating space both for action and reflection. The more the character is discovered, the more the plot resolves itself. The most truthful moment in the character’s life, during the film’s final scene, was improvised.
CAST & CREW
CALLUM PERRY Writer/Director/Editor
Callum Perry’s work is based in painting, sculpture, video and writing. He continues his studio practice and has self-published several collections of poetry. He started making Super-8 films when young, dabbled in animation and worked in the computer animation industry and later produced various art-based videos. For further information, please visit: callumperry.com
MATTHEW MOLONY Actor/The Man
SIMON IMBERGER Director of Photography
ROHAN BAYLEY Sound Recordist