a short film by Colleen Hughson and Carmel Wallace
music composed and recorded by Michael Wallace
Flora played by Ella Eade
Portland Victoria Australia 2015
Flora celebrates the richness and fecundity of nature, personified by a young woman wearing a cloak made of flowers. The singular beauty of indigenous species is displaced by seductive mass plantings of exotic flora as introduced by successive boat people to these shores. Whilst we may question this displacement, the film presents the post-colonial view of possible harmonious co-habitation: the bees happily feast on the nectar of both indigenous and introduced flowers, and we as audience also enjoy the extravagant beauty of both.