The Man You Know

The Man You Know (33 minutes)
It’s a satire, it’s politics, it’s family. It’s Australia…
It’s not what you think!

Director/writer: Steve Jacobs
Director of Photography: Andrew Lesnie (Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit)
Starring: Lance Curtis

“The Man You Know was made in 1984, shot on 16mm in Sydney, Australia.

Andrew Lesnie, who went on to shoot ‘Lord of the Rings’ and the ‘The Hobbit’ amongst others, was the Director of Photography. He was not long out of film school when we got together for my crazy idea. I wanted to do something that was political, social and satirical.

Lance Curtis, who plays the lead died tragically a few years after in an accident. He was a brilliant comedian and this performance hints at his great potential. Apart from being an accomplished actor he was a fantastic mimic and did all the different voices.

All the quotes Lance reads out are from actual publications. The ‘holy than thou’ tone from the ‘Real Estate Institute Salesman’s Manual of NSW’ was particularly amusing to me.

The endless corruption inquiries/royal commissions mentioned towards the end of the film really existed and of course changed little, if anything.

I did the voice of Bob Proudfoot, (chiropodist, real estate agent and local politician) that is heard emanating from the car.

The film stemmed from many things - my love of the absurd, comedy and growing up in Australia where the connection (like everywhere else) between money, sex and politics bubbles away no matter who’s in power.

Which is why I’m still very fond of it.

‘The Man You Know’ could be reshot today with different faces and still be relevant.”

Steve Jacobs writer/director
wildstrawfilms.com

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The Man You Know (33 minutes)
It’s a satire, it’s politics, it’s family. It’s Australia…
It’s not what you think!

Director/writer: Steve Jacobs
Director of Photography: Andrew Lesnie (Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit)
Starring: Lance Curtis

“The…


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The Man You Know (33 minutes)
It’s a satire, it’s politics, it’s family. It’s Australia…
It’s not what you think!

Director/writer: Steve Jacobs
Director of Photography: Andrew Lesnie (Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit)
Starring: Lance Curtis

“The Man You Know was made in 1984, shot on 16mm in Sydney, Australia.

Andrew Lesnie, who went on to shoot ‘Lord of the Rings’ and the ‘The Hobbit’ amongst others, was the Director of Photography. He was not long out of film school when we got together for my crazy idea. I wanted to do something that was political, social and satirical.

Lance Curtis, who plays the lead died tragically a few years after in an accident. He was a brilliant comedian and this performance hints at his great potential. Apart from being an accomplished actor he was a fantastic mimic and did all the different voices.

All the quotes Lance reads out are from actual publications. The ‘holy than thou’ tone from the ‘Real Estate Institute Salesman’s Manual of NSW’ was particularly amusing to me.

The endless corruption inquiries/royal commissions mentioned towards the end of the film really existed and of course changed little, if anything.

I did the voice of Bob Proudfoot, (chiropodist, real estate agent and local politician) that is heard emanating from the car.

The film stemmed from many things - my love of the absurd, comedy and growing up in Australia where the connection (like everywhere else) between money, sex and politics bubbles away no matter who’s in power.

Which is why I’m still very fond of it.

‘The Man You Know’ could be reshot today with different faces and still be relevant.”

Steve Jacobs writer/director

wildstrawfilms.com

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