I came across this place whilst searching for a water hole behind the 5 mile community in Roebourne, Western Australia. I found the waterhole. It was dried out, only stagnant pungent dregs remained. This whole area captured the brutality of the unique Pilbara landscape... a cyclone corridor, where the ocean breeze battles the dry dessert heat and always loses, a suffocating death. The spinefex had recently been burnt, the charred dirt made for a stark contrast against the white weary ghost gum trees. The trees craned over in the 40 degree heat, searching for water that won't come for another 6 months . Flies hovered over dead meat and horse shit.
When I released this film I got asked by several people 'what's it for?'. The question caught me off guard. If I had set up to do a landscape painting of the place I probably wouldn't have been asked 'what's it for?' Artists have been doing landscape paintings for hundreds of years, thousands even. Is there such a thing as a film impression of a place? I know cinematographers collect stock footage that might get used as a cut away, but could the footage stand alone as it's own piece? I went to this place and I got a feeling, a creepy feeling, that I wanted to try and replicate on film. So 'what's it for?' Think of it as a painting, only It's in motion. — at Roebourne.
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