Navigate

A man on the verge of a quarter-life crisis is told that his wife is cheating on him...by his car's GPS unit.

  • Nilendra Fonseka
    Director
  • Nilendra Fonseka
    Writer
  • Vonne Patiag
    Producer
    Window (Short) - Best Short Film St Kilda Film Festival Olympus Filmmaker Challenge 2016, Dungog Festival Short Film Competition 2016, Noosa International Film Festival 2016, BOFA Film Festival 2016, Revelation Perth International Film Festival 2017, Sydney Underground Film Festival 2017 , Yang (Short), The Dead Man's Face Was My Own (Short)
  • Nilendra Fonseka
    Key Cast
    "Jared"
  • Bhasker Mehta
    Key Cast
    "Beroda"
  • Lewis McLeod
    Key Cast
    "Greg"
  • Heshani Munasinghe
    Key Cast
    "Deborah"
  • Tony
    Key Cast
    "Cameron Wright"
  • Tommy Lin
    Director of Photography
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Thriller
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 39 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 30, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 AUD
  • Country of Origin:
    Australia
  • Country of Filming:
    Australia
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    HD
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes
  • Made In The West Film Festival
    Sydney
    Australia
    November 25, 2017
    Australian Premiere
    Won: Best Sound Design - Nominated: Best Director, Cinematographer, Actor and Editor
  • Lebanese Independent Film Festival (LIFF)
    Beirut
    Lebanon
    July 12, 2018
    International Premiere
  • Starlight Awards Film Festival
    Hyderabad
    India
    June 1, 2018
  • Queen Palm International Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    September 4, 2018
    North American premiere
  • Melbourne Underground Film Festival
    Melbourne
    Australia
    November 1, 2018
    Victorian Premiere
  • Sydney Indie Film Festival
    Sydney
    Australia
    October 26, 2018
Distribution Information
  • Sofy TV
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: Internet
Director Biography - Nilendra Fonseka

Nilendra Fonseka (director) is a filmmaker and actor based in Western Sydney. He has an Economics degree, and has worked in Corporate Finance for the past five years.

During a one year Acting Studio in Melbourne he realised that being in front of (or around the camera) was where he needed to be. He quit his job and started fresh in the industry, acting, directing, and producing a range of short films since.

His first short film "Navigate" has been nominated for a number of awards across its film festival run. "Navigate" has been screened worldwide across four countries and three continents, and is currently streaming on the Video On Demand platform Sofy.tv

Nilendra was selected to take part in the Screen Australia sponsored, Australian Film Television & Radio School's pioneering State "Talent Camp" program, and subsequently their National Talent Camp program as an emerging filmmaker, as well as the "Produce Perfect" initiative run by the Information Cultural Exchange in Sydney.

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Director Statement

Toxic thoughts are the nemesis of any stable relationship. They pop up when you least expect them, and fester into something more sinister as time progresses.

A simple phone going off in the middle of the night, can conjure insecurities that are too taboo to discuss with one's partner. All that is left is time to let the thought manifest into a spectre that haunts the darkest parts of your imagination...or the choice to let it go. The latter is never that simple, as it provides no answers to the questions we yearn to ask.

Navigate is a film that delves into this simple, yet strangely taboo topic which one avoids in a relationship, and takes it to its extreme. I hope it reveals the absurdities of toxic thoughts, and encourages consideration for relationships that may have been taken hold by the spectre.