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Audio Guide

A woman is told the secrets of the world through an art gallery issued audio guide.

  • Chris Elena
    The Limited
  • Lee Zachariah
    The Bazura Project
  • Chris Elena
    The Limited
  • Kym Vaitiekus
    Bad Boy Bubby
  • Emma Wright
    Key Cast
    "Audrey Walker"
  • Nyx Calder
    Key Cast
    "Audio Guide"
  • Lisa Malouf
    Key Cast
    "Anne Lamore"
  • Natasha Cooper
    Key Cast
    "Natasha Cooper"
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  • Genres:
    Sci-Fi, Drama, Comedy
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 57 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 4, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    8,000 AUD
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  • Shooting Format:
    Super 16mm
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  • Sci-Fi Film Festival
    September 8, 2019
    World Premiere, Australian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Made In The West Film Festival
    November 23, 2019
  • Cinequest Film & VR Festival
    San Jose, CA
    United States
    March 5, 2020
    International Premiere
  • Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival
    European Premiere
  • St Kilda Film Festival
    June 12, 2020
    Victorian Premiere
    Best Screenplay, Audience Award
  • Revelation Perth Film Festival
    Perth, WA
    July 9, 2020
    Western Australia Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Hallucinations Collective
    September 7, 2020
    France Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Chris Elena

Chris Elena began his career studying Creative Writing at the University of Wollongong. His first short film The Limited, premiered at the Queensland Film Festival. His most recent short Audio Guide won the Best Actress prize at the Sci-fi Film Festival in Sydney and will premiere in the USA in March 2020.

Chris regularly shoots on Super 16mm film and has a working relationship with both Kodak and Panavision to support his projects.

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Director Statement

I’ve always believed that sci-fi and high-concept storytelling overall never works, unless you believe the characters who are experiencing it.

That’s what I wanted to explore with Audio Guide – a high-concept sci-fi short film I tried to make as intimate and small as possible. I wanted the audience to believe the concept through our protagonist and invest their time and efforts into her and her understanding of how it works, and why she continues to use her audio guide, instead of focusing on the mechanics of the device itself.

I approached Audio Guide as a silent film about a lonely woman, working towards discovering her own death without realising she’s doing it, or why. My love for this story and my guide on how to
execute this story was through her as both a grounded and complex character I could understand and empathise with, without her uttering a word.

I also insisted shooting on Super 16mm Kodak film so the film felt timeless and almost as old as the device itself and as beautiful as the paintings in the gallery where the device is first discovered.

The script, written by Lee Zachariah originated from the idea that technology has given us access to almost every piece of information available yet we either don’t know what to do with it or refuse to believe differently from what we’ve been told. It’s also an exploration of how we use information in a personal way to better our experiences of the world, for example - social media, we use technology and provide information to engage with people whilst simultaneously become estranged from them in the process.

But above all, it’s a love letter to high-concept storytelling like The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits. Short form stories that challenged our understanding of human behaviour and the
world whilst giving us characters we could empathise and share this exploration with. To me, they ultimately defied genre tropes and conventional storytelling.

I wanted Audio Guide to feel personal and timeless and hopefully mean something to somebody like those stories did to me.