Stuck in a loop inside a laundromat, Martin quickly finds out that laundry is pointless.

Teetering on the edge of surrealist satire and an exploration of narrative, LAUNDRY explores how time seems to be broken inside of an unsuspecting laundromat. Breaking filmic expectations and toying with tension, the film uses themes of absurdism, anticipation, and manipulation of filmic tropes to explore the mundane through the lens of the everyday. As Martin continues in a never-ending cycle of washing his clothes, his relationship to the audience becomes ever-blurred. Cleverly playing with the recognisable, expected elements of genre allows aspects of avant-garde and offbeat cinematic influence to shine through. Created through a Surrealist lens, the film provides insight to Martin’s subconscious, experimenting with text and framing to not only decipher the character’s current situation, but to mirror the audience’s thoughts in real time.

Are we slaves to routine, and breaking of said routine becomes the question on the tip of everybody’s tongue as the audience is invited in to the unexciting sterility of the laundromat. Set to the backdrop of a conventional location we all recognise, the film uses the artificiality of the linoleum floors and harsh overhead lighting to erase any essence of the outside world. With no exit in sight and a perpetual spin cycle on high, Martin questions everything. Is he able to make contact with the audience to get a grip on reality or will he remain stuck amongst the fabric softener and mixed cotton blends?

  • Emily Derlin
  • Emily Derlin
  • Martin Cooper
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    Short, Student
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    5 minutes 43 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 15, 2020
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    Yes - University of Sydney
Director Biography - Emily Derlin

Emily Derlin is a filmmaker and screenwriter based in Sydney. Born in New Zealand, her style reflects the niche aspects of growing up in a small town, with a focus on character study and exploring intra personal relationships, drawing from guerrilla style filmmaking to contrast balmy landscapes with poignant subject matter; deep-diving in to themes of connection, reflection and grief, often via a comedic lens.

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Director Statement

LAUNDRY is an experimental piece that allowed me to explore certain avenues of offbeat cinema to create a world of confusion for the audience to become stuck inside.

The medium of short film gave me the space to really play with expectation and create something that leaves the viewer questioning their own feelings of entrapment and monotony.