Under the Clothesline

Following a couple moving into their home, a clothesline observes their developing abusive relationship worsen. When Bonnie discovers her husband, Rodger, has hurt their daughter, Caity, and confronts him about it, the clothesline attempts to help set her free. Will Bonnie escape the relationship? And will this clothesline help?

  • Kimberly Hodgkinson
    Director
    Mess I Made
  • Kimberly Hodgkinson
    Writer
  • Kimberly Hodgkinson
    Producer
  • Hayley Smith
    Producer
  • Zoe Walton
    Director of Photography
  • Whitney Duff
    Key Cast
    "Bonnie"
  • Korey Williams
    Key Cast
    "Rodger"
  • Charlotte Ridley
    Key Cast
    "Caity"
  • Rebecca Myers
    1st AD
  • Matt Hohns
    Editor
  • Millicent Norman
    1st Assistant Camera
  • Serayna Neal
    Production & Costume Designer
  • Monae Salton
    Production Design Assistant
  • Cary Roulston
    Head of Sound Department
  • Dakota Feeney
    Location Sound & Foley Artist
  • Bob Hsiung
    Gaffer
  • Jakob Hartup
    Best Boy
  • Ryan Woodward
    Lighting & Grip Assistants
  • Ethan Lee
    Lighting & Grip Assistants
  • Chloe Sivewright
    BTS Photographer
  • Clare White
    Poster Design
  • Mariah Crank
    Makeup & Hair Artist
  • Ryan Rayfield
    Cast (Extras)
  • Shaynna Allen
    Cast (Extras)
  • Izzy Blackburn
    Cast (Extras)
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    December 15, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    3,500 AUD
  • Country of Origin:
    Australia
  • Country of Filming:
    Australia
  • Language:
    English
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes - SAE Creative Institute
Director Biography - Kimberly Hodgkinson

Kimberly is a young filmmaker from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. She studied a Bachelor in Film Production at SAE in Brisbane. Kimberly previously directed the music video 'Mess I Made' 'Under the Clothesline' is her short film directing debut, and her graduate film.

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Director Statement

I wrote Under the Clothesline as my film school graduate film, but I hope it can become so much more than that. I hope that people remember it, whether they like it or not, and that you haven't seen anything like it before.

The hills hoist clothesline is often recognised as an Australian household icon - it is our invention after all, and this film is that familiar made strange. The clothesline is characterised by its moving parts - the spinning arms, the strings, and the handle’s rotation.

Depicting domestic violence on screen can be hard, but I believe it was the right choice. The end can be a shock, but I've found it has almost become a heightened reality of the consequences for men who abuse their wives.