Last Sunday I went to see Ellipsis (2017) at the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF). It is an experimental film with two central characters. It is a story about escaping the daily grind and living in the moment.
Ellipsis is Australian actor David Wenham’s first time directing and what a way to start! It’s a film that you can tell is made by an actor. I think after all, that they make pretty amazing directors, just look at Clint Eastwood & Robert Redford. The characters in the story are the main part, it’s just a story about people and how one night can change how you view the world.
David Wenham also introduced the film and answered questions about it after also. He said that the night has always fascinated him as things happen at night, that can’t in the day. You can speak to people that you wouldn’t usually approach, have new experiences that you wouldn’t through the day and make friendships, even if just for the night.
It’s not a film with a love story, yet it does have one. It’s just not your traditional love story. It’s a story about friendship with someone you know you’ll never see again. It’s also a love letter to Sydney and for putting your phone away. There’s a whole world out there if you just stop to experience it.
David Wenham doesn’t hammer his point home, he leaves it up to the audience to interpret the film how they wish. There’s a lot of different ways to interpret this film and a lot of messages to take out of it. Not bad for a film that was shot in 10 days.
It’s a beautiful film and honestly the best film I’ve seen all year. I hope it gets the distribution and the acclaim that it deserves.
Can’t wait to see what David Wenham does next.