Notes for a song

Category: Film

Ellen is Leaving

Like so many Kiwis, Ellen is off on her OE.
As Ellen tries to minimize her belongings to one backpack’s worth she realizes she’s lost her passport. As I watch her desperately dig through the backpack’s pockets it’s like watching myself all the times I’ve taken off for far flung lands. There was that time I arrived at the airport and handed my passport over at check-in only to be told my passport had expired a few days earlier.
But of course Ellen is dealing with much bigger issues than where she misplaced her passport. She has to leave her boyfriend and she is having trouble saying goodbye. Her friends gather to farewell her and play parlour games, Ellen experiences that moment I’ve felt, I’m sure you’ve felt, where she realises Holy Crap I’m going to MISS these people.

This is a sweet little film from Wellington babe Michelle Savill. There’s a pot luck! There are fairy lights! There’s celebrity heads! These are just some of the good things. Go, enjoy.

You can see Ellen is Leaving at the New Zealand International Film Festival 2012. You can watch the trailer here:



Melancholia Competition

{In 25 words or less, what would you do if you knew the world was going to end tomorrow?}

I would watch all Von Trier’s films back-to-back because he’s a genius.
And with the world ending afterwards, I wouldn’t have to worry about nightmares.

After Pina

Pina engulfs you like
being with a lover
Pina caresses you so softly and sweetly
just when you think you can’t take any more beauty
more comes
The dancers perform feats of human strength and flexibility
set against heartbreakingly beautiful landscapes
and industrial backdrops.
The pan shots show off a chorus line
that seems to be never-ending
Then – a mid shot of a woman hunched
bearing a tree on her back;
another woman’s
bearing a man on her back.
And the gowns – oh the gowns!
I would do anything for
a strapless floral like that.
A perfect soundtrack
an unexpected location
moving memories of Pina –
Some dancers remain silent but
show their feelings on their faces.
Some of the dances made me laugh
others made me cry.