I remember once you needed me
I remember how we watched
the skies change, and we said goodbye
I remember, I remembered to wait.
This is either an elaborate documentation of an assault, or an audacious ploy to bring a ghost back to life. Assembling under the thematic of ‘intimacy’, a group of young men undergo a series of physical and mental workshop processes. They are readying themselves for actualising a sexual assault in performance, an event which occurred to the director in 2013 and became an emblem for the abuse which had affected his life.
Utilising acting and embodiment exercises, as well as taking from psychodrama, the strangers create an empathic space under the watchful gaze of a creature who has been neglected, and the cameras of a documentary film crew. "I remember once you needed me" is an intimate exploration of healing, whilst also dissecting memory, power, and the nature of performance.
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Finding a way to remove the shame from a sexual assault, a director psychodramatically re-stages the event using actors and documents the entire process.
Describing the complexity of trauma through this single intimate encounter, documentary and performance techniques are used to narrativise a process of realisation.
Starring - Julian Triandafyllou, Daniel Lumsden, Lukasz Leskiewicz, Gabriel Reffati
Producer- Becky Manson
Cinematographer - Marios Lizides
Sound Design & Composer - Matt Zurowksi
Production Designer- Takahiro Ueno
Desperately building against the inevitability of time, a restless young woman is awaiting another upcoming loss. But maybe more important things never seem to be told.
Soon after the director moves into her 22nd house, she gets a phone call that her Grandma, who lives far away, is in a critical condition. Elsewhere, a huge apartment made of sand is being constructed as the tide rolls in, while she belatedly tries to build a relationship with her Gran. As the camera sensitively observes how we wait for the upcoming days, the film embraces the fragility of life, full of uncertainty.
I worked with Ji Yoon Park to tell a complex story of loss through various strands; providing support to her both through filming itself, and also providing equipment for her to tell her own story (including my first camera, a Canon XL1S).
I also graded the film for her.