Love and the Demonic Psyche

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A hallucinatory retelling of the Greek myth about Pan and Syrinx's brutalist romantic love.

Inspired by the short films of Maya Deren, Curtis Harrington and the art of Rosaleen Norton and Brett Whiteley, 'Love and the Demonic Psyche' channels French poet Arthur Rimbaud's proclivity for a derangement of the senses, culminating in a Cocteau style blood painting invocating the horned God of Panic. Encompassed in psychedelic visuals and Moroccan trance music, this film should be viewed in the spirit in which it was made.

  • Liam Clark
    Director
  • Liam Clark
    Writer
  • Amanda Di Maria
    Key Cast
    "Syrinx"
  • Jordan Cross
    Key Cast
    "Pan"
  • Liam Clark
    Key Cast
    "Blind Poet "
  • James Winthrop
    Director of Cinematography
  • Mariah Arvanitakis
    1st Assistant Director
  • Sarah Von Bock
    Camera Assist
  • Jordan Cross
    Sound
  • Kenny Ray Earl
    Gaffer
  • Liam Clark
    Editing/Music/Sound Design
  • Project Type:
    Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Horror, Surrealism
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 44 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 18, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    450 AUD
  • Country of Origin:
    Australia
  • Country of Filming:
    Australia
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes
Director Biography - Liam Clark

Liam Clark is a Director/Editor based in Sydney, Australia.

Since turning his attention to directing in 2016, he has made three short films. His first film ‘Time Of The Assassins’ (7min, 2016) is an experimental musing about a girl and a boy searching for the most idyllic location to commit suicide. Liam describes it as a loosely visualised interpretation and rendering of the poem 'Morning Of Drunkeness' by French poet Arthur Rimbaud. The film was picked up by YMO Collective and screened at their Art for Art Sake Multimedia art show.

In 2017, Liam began his first student film whilst studying at AFTT named ‘Love and the Demonic Psyche’ (7min, 2018) - A hallucinatory impressionistic retelling about the Greek myth of Pan and Syrinx. The film was chosen as a Semi-Finalist at the Austin Arthouse Film Festival and an Official Selection of the 19th annual Melbourne Underground Film Festival.

His third film ‘Ghost Pregnancy’ (4min, 2018) is currently in post-production but has already been chosen as an Official Selection of the 19th annual Melbourne Underground Film Festival. Liam made the film with his Fiancée Amanda, who acted in the lead role. The film tackles issues of mental health tied in with surrealism as a frenzied woman, in the aftermath of a phantom pregnancy, begins to hear and see her unborn baby.

Liam has also worked on video clips for Sydney bands People Watching People and Fade In Mona Lisa, amongst others, whilst freelancing as an editor and colourist. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Music and Creative Arts) and a Masters of Research (Post Structuralist Philosophy and French Literature), both from Macquarie University. Liam also completed a Diploma of Screen and Media from the Academy of Film, Theatre and Television in Surry Hills.

Liam is currently completing his Masters Of Arts Screen: Editing at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS).

Contact: liam.wb.clark@gmail.com

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Director Statement

Having been diagnosed with Panic Disorder and Anxiety in my teens, I have always been interested in recreating the fear and consternation felt within one of these horrific throws. I will become the Greek God Pan and recreate this feeling embedded within the films I make.

I was soon to fall in love with my muse Amanda though, and have asked her to marry me. I now make films and she acts in them. x