The Art of Crying

Unable to express his grief following the death of his Father, one office worker embarks on a life-changing quest - to learn how to cry.

  • Blake Gamble
    Director
    Portrait (2018), Glove (2019)
  • Blake Gamble
    Writer
    Portrait (2018), Glove (2019)
  • Blake Gamble
    Producer
    Portrait (2018), Glove (2019)
  • Badaidilaga Mufti-Flynn
    Key Cast
  • Dewa Bagus Made Surya Raharja
    Cinematography
    Glove (2019)
  • Pierinne Van Hummel
    Production Design
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Comedy
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 10 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 28, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    750 AUD
  • Country of Origin:
    Australia
  • Country of Filming:
    Australia
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1.85:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Red Sands International Film Festival
    Melbourne
    Australia
    May 18, 2022
    Victorian Premiere
    Best Director
  • New York Lift-Off Film Festival
    New York City
    United States
    July 1, 2022
    North American Premiere
    Official Selection
  • San Francisco Arthouse Short Festival
    San Francisco
    United States
    August 4, 2022
  • Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival
    Gympie
    Australia
    October 27, 2022
    Queensland Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Sydney Lift-Off Film Festival
    Sydney
    Australia
    November 24, 2022
    Official Selection
  • London Lift-Off Film Festival
    London
    United Kingdom
    December 5, 2022
    United Kingdom Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Blake Gamble

Blake Gamble from a young age has always had a flair for the dramatic arts. As a late teenager, Blake fell in love with film and has spent subsequent years honing his skills of the craft. Blake's films have been screened in Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris and Germany with multiple award wins and his latest film THE ART OF CRYING is set to continue this trend.

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Director Statement

Like most of the world, I went through a slump with the worldwide pandemic and subsequent lockdowns. All the anxieties and paranoia about when our life would return to normal was all I could think about, and the thought of getting back on set and doing what I love seemed like a distant fantasy. However, born out of this was a newfound appreciation and burning desire to get back to work for one simple reason: because it makes us alive.

THE ART OF CRYING was a project born out of necessity, going through some grief in my personal life reminded me of a shared human experience; being unable to express one's self. The film I believe perfectly encapsulates my feelings toward the pandemic, rendered by the incredible efforts of our cast and crew.

Stylistically, I drew inspiration from the Greek Weird Wave moment. Focusing heavily on efficient and functional filmmaking, I was inspired to shoot only what we needed to keep the film as lean and taut as possible, something I believe we successfully achieved. I hope you have as much fun watching this as we did making it.

- Blake Gamble