To get through film school I worked as an usher at a beautiful old cinema in Brisbane called The Regent. When it was quiet (which was most of the time) I would sneak up into the projection booth and hang out with the projectionists and watch them thread the projectors with film. Seeing this process really made me fall in love with film – the clatter of the machines, the flickering light – the projection booth was a magical place. So when Avatar came along and ended the film projection industry I was pretty bummed. Over the years that followed the Regent shut down and film projection slowly disappeared and with it I think we lost a lot of the magic that went along with going to the movies. The Christmas before last I was at home in Forster and was surprised to notice they were still projecting with film. I spoke to the projectionist after the movie and asked if I could interview him and film some shots of the projector. It just so happened that it was their last week before they changed over to digital projection at which point he was out of a job so he agreed to let me film and this is the result. I hope you enjoy the film - I’m happy I was able to make a record of this beautiful process before it disappeared.
I recently experienced The Revenant and was absolutely blown away by it. I have always loved Alejandro González Iñárritu's films so I knew going in to it that it was going to be something special. I was surprised and excited though to find out after watching The Revenant that Elliot Rausch - one of my favorite emmerging filmmakers - had made a documentary about the film. As with all of his work Elliot has created a moving, thought provoking meditation full of beautiful imagery that honors The Revenant, its themes and extraordinary production story whilst also displaying his unimitatable, totally idiosyncratic directorial voice. What an incredible thing to have such a great piece of work created about such an amazing film - definitely worth seeing for anyone that enjoyed The Revenant.