Out of Date

A quirky, black comedy set in a supermarket where shoppers fight for the last of the superfoods in a future where healthy food and vegetables are scarce.

  • Louise Reily
  • Louise Reily
  • David Nguyen
  • Abi Gordon
    Key Cast
  • Olivia Green
  • Dan Duffy
    Sound Designer
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    comedy, black comedy, sci-fi
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 31, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    200 AUD
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  • Student Project:
  • UNSW Video Projects Screening
    June 2, 2016
    UNSW and Sydney Premiere
  • Footprints Film Festival
    August 21, 2016
Director Biography - Louise Reily

Louise is a Sydney based writer, director, photographer, filmmaker and theatre designer and practitioner. She has a Bachelor of Media, specialising in screen and sound from UNSW and has worked extensively in her student theatre society.

Previously, sheʼs written and directed short videos, live sketches and online advertisements as well as designed sound, set and lighting for stage at NSW University Theatrical Society (NUTS). Louise has had a short lived career as a amateur stand up comedian and has studied performance throughout her education.

Louise's recent credits include Producer of Martin McDonagh's "The Pillowman" and Technical Director of the Australian and English language premiere of Uruguayan farce, "My Little Doll (The Farce)", both NUTS productions. Out of Date is her directorial debut of a short narrative film.

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Director Statement

Iʼve had the idea for this film ever since I started a casual job at a cafe four years ago. Iʼm baffled by how much consumers feed into the superfood fad and canʼt get enough of the latest, trendy food. Whether it be smashed avocado on toast, almond milk, quinoa or kale, we love to eat what weʼre told is healthy and trendy.

Out of Date is set in a possible and potential future. Shoppers go about their everyday business until their hunger for the latest trend turns them into primitive, aggressive creatures. They dangerously have a complete disregard for each other and will stop at nothing to get what they want.

My vision for the film was to create a bright, sterile and cold store which was achieved with the cameraʼs exposure, costuming and colour grading. As well as an almost apocalyptic atmosphere which was established in the opening shots. The main yodelling music is an original piece created by our sound designer. It creates a slow and steady rhythm to shop to and a feeling of emptiness which comically contrasts the intense moments of the film.

Out of Date is an exaggerated interpretation of what the world may be like if we overuse and overeat our resources.