In The Meantime

In her late twenties, Max does her best to deflect the existential crisis she perpetually runs headfirst into. All the while her life skips along, the small and momentous moments lingering. Living with her best friend Emma, scrambling to find work, having her writing constantly rebuffed, enduring the success of seemingly everyone around her, and dealing with a cavalcade of often awkward, abrupt and somewhat frustrating social interactions and reconstructed memories that pepper her life. As the year passes by, Max finds it harder and harder to ignore that she’s not at all okay, and the unsettling realisation that her mental state and recognition of time is fragmenting.

  • Nicholas Anthony
  • Nicholas Anthony
  • Bronte Charlotte
  • Nicholas Anthony
  • Bronte Charlotte
    Key Cast
  • Domenica Garrett
    Key Cast
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  • Genres:
    Drama, Comedy, Slice of Life, Grounded, Lo-Fi
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 33 minutes 31 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 30, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    40,000 AUD
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  • Shooting Format:
    Digital iPhone 13 Pro Res 422 4K
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
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Director Biography - Nicholas Anthony

Writer, director and producer of In The Meantime. Originally from Brisbane, based in Melbourne for the past 6 years. His scripts have been finalists in competitions such as the Launch Pad Feature Competition, Filmmatic Comedy Screenplay Awards, Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards and Filmatic Inroads Fellowship. He has written and directed a number of short films and In The Meantime is his debut feature film. Driven to explore the small details of life on a grand scale and the universal nature of the human condition.

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Director Statement

The debut feature film from Nicholas Anthony. This is for the ones who don't have a scene. A story that explores happiness and failure, friendship and isolation. It's a story full of characters that we either identify with in so many ways or characters that immediately remind us of friends we know. This is a story that people will feel like is their story.

A story with a lo-fi aesthetic that's influenced by French New Wave and Italian Neorealism as well as more modern indie films like Frances Ha, Girlfriends, Tangerine, Stranger Than Paradise, Manhattan and Paterson that capture the essence of a time and place.

Shot in a messy, raw cinema verite style to convey the messiness of time and the uncertainty of existence. Our aim is to create a story that feels pulled away from contemporary times to feel more like reconstructed memories. Additionally, think of films like Tangerine, Following and Pi in terms of production style and process.

We shot this film using an iPhone 13 Pro Max, affordable sound and camera rig equipment that didn't require major set-ups. We'd like to show filmmakers in Australia that there are ways to break the rules in how to make a film here.

A production and story that shows a different kind of style, a different kind of film, of what's possible in the cinematic landscape of Australia. A ground level view of life, of a city like Melbourne. Of the stories we capture in between the grand moments.