In 1995, my 19 year old Italian cousin, Victoria Cafasso, was murdered on a beach in Tasmania while sunbaking, less than a week after arriving from Italy. She could not have known her murderer and he was never caught. A meditation on fate and the nature of the soul, "A Moment Passing' was a response to this terrible event. Having been through my mother's expected death from cancer - the inspiration for my short film ' Flying' - I was now confronted by a very different kind of death - sudden, violent and completely unexpected. 'Flying' was written before 'A Moment Passing', but was funded for production later.
Funded by the New Zealand Film Commission, 'A Moment Passing' was In Competition at the Venice Film Festival. It screened as part of the Highlights of the Venice Festival tour of Italy, and was selected for a Special Program at Cannes Film Festival the following year. It has screened at numerous international festivals, including the Melbourne International Film Festival, winning Jury Awards at Dresden and at the New York Expo. The film was a Finalist in the Best Short Film category in the 1998 New Zealand Film Awards.
The wonderful cinematography was by Simon Raby and, underwater, Ziggy Spath Snr. The late and much missed Wayne Rugg managed a very talented special effects team. Lead actor Simon Hurst went to extraordinary lengths of endurance to indelibly create the lead role of Joey.
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