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Copyright © 2010 Sacred Cow Films, Screen Australia & the South Australian Film Corporation

The Kiss

Aimee and Steph are up for an adventure; it’s a hot summer’s night and they are fueled by cheap alcohol and teen hormones. The promise of cool water lures the two friends to an isolated fire-water tank. Once there the intimate mood inside the tank takes a dramatic turn when the girls discover the ladder is out of reach. Aimee, trapped with the drunk and panicking Steph, must choose between loyalty and self-preservation.

Film notes

Ashlee Page: Directorʼs Statement
Everyone has taken risks, particularly in their youth, and they are often the memories we treasure the most. The exhilaration created by the presence of danger can evoke an intense sense of being alive.
The Peter Goldsworthy short story of the same name, the kiss, captured my imagination on first read. I was engaged by its many themes; risk-taking teens, emerging sexuality/homosexuality, friendship, water safety and the drive for self-preservation.
I changed the gender of the characters during the adaptation as I wanted to make a film that reflected the current growth in risk taking behaviors by girls in Australia, and that placed two young female actors in an action based drama. Also, I was inspired by the potential of the cinematic imagery. The deep green of the gum leaf stained water trapped in rough concrete walls. Two girls alone floating in the inky black of night. These were evocative images for me.
There were technical challenges in shooting in and under water but the buoyancy of water allowed us a freedom of movement, our tripod was an inflated innertube topped with a piece of plywood.
The sound design was critical in creating the filmʼs atmosphere, we kept the use of music to a minimum instead preferring to tease out the sonic qualities of the tank. The intention was to create an immersive experience where the viewer is completely absorbed by the story on the screen and loses their personal connection to time and space. The final act of the film has a confronting aspect that is presented but not examined. My hope is that the film will have an afterlife beyond the initial experience of it. As the audience begins to digest what they have just witnessed, this will spark contemplation and conversation.

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Copyright © 2010 Sacred Cow Films, Screen Australia & the South Australian Film Corporation

Awards and nominations

Best Live-Action Short Film
1 Jun – 13 Jun | Australia
Best Australian Emerging Filmmaker
23 Jul – 8 Aug | Australia
Best Short Fiction Film
22 Oct | Australia
Best Short Fiction Film
10 Dec – 11 Dec | Australia
Outstanding Achievement in Short Film Screen Craft
10 Dec – 11 Dec | Australia

Previous screenings

2010
1 Jun – 13 Jun | Sydney, Australia
Best Live-Action Short Film
23 Jul – 8 Aug | Melbourne, Australia
Best Australian Emerging Filmmaker
7 Oct – 15 Oct | Busan, Korea, South
22 Oct | Melbourne, Australia
Best Short Fiction Film
10 Dec – 11 Dec | Australia
Best Short Fiction Film
Outstanding Achievement in Short Film Screen Craft
2011
7 Jan – 16 Jan | Sydney, Australia
Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival
4 Feb – 12 Feb | Clermont-Ferrand, France
17 Mar – 27 Mar | Melbourne, Australia
20 Mar – 5 Apr | Hong Kong

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The Kiss has received 2 new awards at Australian Film Institute Awards. | more...
2 January 2011
Information on this profile is provided by the film owners and/or compiled from available sources | Profile updated 10 Feb 2011