Spending the weekend at his estranged friend Hadley's family home, Chris is plunged into paranoia. Ostensibly there to commiserate with Hadley over a recent breakup, Chris finds his friend bent instead on revelry and indulgence - and is unable to shake the suspicion that Hadley may have designs on Lucy, whom Chris has inadvisedly brought with him. Against the scenic backdrop of Lake Tarawera, Chris finds himself pulled between concern for Hadley's emotional state and a wave of possessiveness over his girlfriend.
Shot in two weeks, with bulk of it edited in three, with no budget and only a rough outline of a script, Scenes In My Head is in many ways an homage to such indapendant filmmakers as John Cassavetes and Kelly Reichardt - with an emphasis on performance rather than production values to tell a story. It also draws on the rich body of work produced by Aro Valley Digital, the filmmakers of which have a similar ethos.
Although based on real events, the film was mostly improvised and the actors were given almost free reign to interpret and recreate the characters for themselves. The result is a low-fi drama in which the tension is ever-present yet never overstated. Contrasted with it's grand setting, Scenes is a gentle story about friendship, paranoia and loss.
Scenes In My Head, Taylor's first feature film, was first screened in April 2013 at People's Cinema in Wellington, with it's official premiere at the New Zealand International Film Festival in August.
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And for an interview with Theo Taylor about the film: lumiere.net.nz/index.php/scenes-in-my-head/