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Five Hundred Acres

Australia, 1996 (MIFF 1997, Experimental)

Director: Lucy Lehmann

When I was a child we would come here during the holidays and then I didn't love this place, it was drought stricken and had an outdoor pit toilet and no running water...

This family document about loss, longing and belonging was shot from dawn to dusk on a super-8 camera near Koorawatha about 350 kms west of Sydney, Australia on Lucy's grandparents' property. The urge to capture every inch of the five hundred acres on film in an effort to make something fleeting into something tangible is both endearing and captivating...and you might not know that this is what you're seeing but it's all here.

See also...

The Etiquette of Letter-Writing

Australia, 1999
A few brief moments is all Lehmann needs to evoke a sense of longing. The story of the break-up of a long distance relationship is told in the form of 1950s didactic films, Wendy Hughes' narration of… More »

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