The Plains

  • 180'
  • Australia
  • 2022

At 17:00 every day, Andrew, a middle-aged man, drives home from work through Melbourne’s outer suburbs in peak-hour traffic. Occasionally, he offers a lift home to a younger colleague, David. Over a year, their tentative small talk gives way to a warm friendship and open conversation within the confines of the vehicle, incrementally revealing their lives.

One may wonder what a three-hour film, set almost entirely in a car and shot with a fixed camera from the back, can deliver? The answer is an unexpectedly engaging and entertaining observation of the rhythms of daily life, and a catalogue of suburban worries. In sensorial terms, The Plains charts the passage of time as the seasons change. The pitter-patter of rain and the familiar cocoon of the car provide a sense of comfort and safety from the outside elements. The car is the liminal space between work and home, as the day is pondered, the night planned. Documentary elements exist beyond the windscreen, as a fiction courses through the vehicle. The Plains is a road movie unlike anything you have seen before.

Director
David Easteal
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
Australia
Production Year
2022
Festival Edition
IFFR 2022
Length
180'
Medium
DCP
Language
English
Producer
David Easteal
Sales
Pascale Ramonda
Screenplay
David Easteal
Cinematography
Simon J. Walsh
Editor
David Easteal
Sound Design
Nick Batterham
Cast
Andrew Rakowski, David Easteal, Cheri LeCornu, Inga Rakowski