The Last Fare is a short performative documentary that takes the experiences of one female taxi driver and questions the danger of picking up strangers. The dark Dublin streets will provide the stage for Aenne to enact her memories of being a taxi driver. Aenneʼs memory is represented through her own disembodied voice, interviews and artistic reconstructions of harrowing events. The sum of Aenneʼs voices in the film will offer a composite view of her experience.
The environment Aenne worked in was marked by the damage of the recession. Competition was rife among the drivers. This lead to a desperate atmosphere.Getting any fare was a fete. Aenne was pushed into rougher and rougher areas, later and later at night in order to win fares. Danger was ever present for her. Who you let in the taxi was worn down by the need to pick up a fare to pay your bills but at the risk of your safety. As Aenne says you can’t tell who someone is by looking at them, it is in their behavior that we know someone. And Aenne experienced some strange and startling behavior in her taxi.
A taxi roaming streets looking for fare is somewhat survival meets chance. Aenne describes in poetic terms how the car is not a protective space, but rather dangerous as she was surrounded by glass that is designed to shatter easily in an accident. Her vulnerability is masqued an instinctive street sense. However two life-changing incidents made her take stock and her life and what was important. The Last Fare tells the storey of these two life changing events.
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