A ghost story set in the unceasing loop between a woman's death and her discovery of it.
STRANGELY DIM was my second film as writer/director, following The Highwayman. Like that film, it was made as part of studies at Sydney Film School. It depicts eternal themes, observing that the life to come may merely be a melancholy echo of the life we know. The film featured Hilda McBrien, Johnny Macnamara and Katie Noonan in the key roles, and a number of the school's students kindly gave of their time to assist in the photography both in front of and behind the camera.
The film was a product of that institution's highly-successful Diploma Thesis Program, which has delivered some of its best films. Developed from inception to final work during the first semester of 2005, the film was shot on one day on a 400 foot roll of 16mm film, with all effects executed in the then-current Final Cut Pro v5.0.4. Influences on the film that are detectable -- despite its 4:3 framing -- include the framing of Sergio Leone's westerns, Wenders' Wings of Desire, and Wong Kar Wai's lonely romances.
The film's soundtrack makes use of music from Alberto Iglesias' melancholy score for THE DANCER UPSTAIRS. It has never been commercially exploited.
In addition to writing, directing and producing the film, I was the editor, director of photography and sound designer. Special thanks to Veronica Livera, Ben Ferris and Leslie Oliver for their support through the film's development.