14th DMZ Docs(2022)
I AM DOCU
Every evening a man in his late 50s commutes home at the end of the working day in the outer suburbs of Melbourne. As the seasons pass in gentle rhythm we observe dramatic events of his life as well as mundane quotidian details, and learn more about the man, his inner conflicts and the relationships in his life – with his wife, his mother, deceased sister, and a younger co-worker whom he occasionally drives home. Within the microcosm of the car the film ultimately becomes a meditation on the passage of time, memory, work, and how love and the relationships in our life sustain us.
The Plains is a hybrid film that reconstructs repeated daily life in a unique format. Film director and barista David EASTEAL made this impressive feature debut by filming Andrew, a lawyer in his late fifties who works in the same building, as he leaves work outside Melbourne. Boldly, almost all of the just over ten shots that make up a three-hour running time were shot with a camera fixed to the backseat of Andrew's car. Andrew goes home alone, sometimes with David in the passenger seat, driving the same road every single day. The film follows Andrew's back and repeated landscapes, while listening to phone calls, self-talk, and conversations with David. Then at one point, it reaches a three-dimensional perspective of Andrew’s career, personal life, and internal conflicts. As Abbas KIAROSTAMI did in Ten(2002), the use of camera in The Plains accurately shows how the film constructs reality. And the abruptly inserted drone shot by Andrew gives a surprising sense of freedom. It is a cinematic experience that only documentaries can offer.
Melbourne based filmmaker. He received the Award for Emerging Australian Filmmaker at the 2015 Melbourne International Film Festival.His first feature-length film, The Plains premiered at International Film Festival Rotterdam 2022 as part of the Tiger Competition.