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Leisure

Two women traverse around one another in a motel; a guest retiring to leisure, and a housekeeper resisting it.

  • Mia Forrest
    Director
  • Mia Forrest
    Writer
  • Mia Forrest
    Producer
  • Danxia Yang
    Key Cast
  • Dierdree Wallace
    Key Cast
  • Ben Cotgrove
    Cinematography
  • Samuel Pankhurst
    Original Score
  • Billie Weston
    Makeup Artist
  • Meg O'Connell
    Production Coordinator
  • Samantha Herriman
    Production Designer
  • Mary Duong
    Sound Recordist
  • Erin O'Shiel
    1st AC
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 10, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 AUD
  • Country of Origin:
    Australia
  • Country of Filming:
    Australia
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Queensland Film Festival
    Brisbane
    Australia
    August 18, 2017
    Australian Premiere
  • Channels Festival
    Melbourne
    Australia
    September 8, 2017
  • Aesthetica Short Film Festival
    York
    United Kingdom
    November 8, 2017
    European Premiere
  • Perth Revelation Film Festival
    Perth
    Australia
    July 8, 2018
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Mia Forrest

Mia fell in love with film working as a projectionist at the Australian Cinematheque. From there, she developed her programming and administration skills, working with the Brisbane International Film Festival for two years.
Her short films have screened at the Queensland Film Festival, the Australian Center for the Moving Image, and the AVIFF Art Film Festival, and her music video directing work has been twice nominated for a Queensland Music Award.
Mia’s short film's are visually rich stories of "the everyday", exploring the hyperreal in the mundane - one might call it a quotidian fetish - Mia elevates these themes using horrific soundscapes to encapsulate the phenomenology of the banal.

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Director Statement

Leisure frees itself from dramatic narrative; long takes of insignificant details and events become the films’ operative subjects, in which the surplus of reality complemented with the accrual of duration, offers a mundane dramaturgy, if you will. By channeling the simple effect of a minimal-hyperrealist style, Leisure relishes in the literal depiction of routine (non)events of the leisure body and the labor body engaging in their respective quotidian circumstances, such as relaxing in the hot tub or cleaning the toilet. In representing everydayness through the quotidian details of two womens’ contrasting lives, I am investigating ordinary lives - the routines that no-one pays attention to, registering these minimal moments, so that when we see them we acknowledge our own “everydayness” and evaluate what we are doing with our own lives.