While exploring an old abandoned house, a young girl discovers her unique ability to feel the memories still trapped inside.
“Each Thursday, my father would tend to the garden of that old house at the end of the street. No one lives there anymore. The lady who lived there died years ago. But he was compelled to keep that garden growing. Maybe he thought it would keep her spirit alive, if he didn’t let those plants die. The thing is, he was right. All those times I would go there, watch him tend to those plants and keep that gardens growing, I would discover there was more to that place, something still clinging to the roots of the plants my father was desperate to maintain.”
Filmed on 35mm in my late Grandmother's home. That place was the source of so many of mine and all her other grandchildren’s childhood memories. Those kind of memories that get triggered just by being there, around those objects, images, smells and sounds and colours that made the poetry of the space complete.
This film explores the idea that memories attach to a space and hold a presence there. I wanted to capture this, as a concept, in a beautiful, poetic piece of fiction filmed in the house and around the objects that kept my own memories alive. Like the gardener in the story, this has become my attempt to preserve those memories. My own memory maintenance.
Girl - Tayla Stevenson
Man - Dwaine Stevenson
Lady - Betty Tougher
Narrated by - Romy Bartz
Written & Directed by - Dael Oates
Produced by - Susan Mallos, Nichole Walkling, Dael Oates
Original Music Score - Jeremy Yang, Piers Burbrook de Vere
Cinematography - Peter Eastgate
Editor - Dael Oates