FILM REVIEW …’REFLECTIONS IN THE DUST’

REFLECTIONS IN THE DUST
THE LUKE SULLIVAN DEBUT FILM
STARRING ROBIN QUEREE & SARAH HOUBOLT

Running time: 74 mins

The new film ‘Reflections in the Dust’ from the mind of writer/director Luke Sullivan is a 74-minute roller coaster of a mockumentary.

‘Reflections in the Dust’ is a stylistically disjointed post-apocalyptic film primarily about the relationship between an older man with schizophrenia and a younger blind woman as they take care and comfort one another in the world they live in. This film shows an incredible range in its actors as the characters change whilst they are thrust into various situations. The best example of this Robin Queree’s character whose emotions and personality erratically changes. During the majority of the film, no character is called by name. Toward the end of the film, Sarah Houbolt’s character is referred to by name and Robin Quarte’s character is only named in the credits (although the name is more of a two-word description of the character’s appearance than an actual name).

‘Reflections in the Dust’ is the debut film written and directed by Luke Sullivan. Luke has said he directed the film in a way to shock and create unease through its visuals and erratic scenes to bring attention to the film. This intention was definitely achieved as both the visual and the cutting of the various scenes gave an uneasy feeling that made me concerned about the safety of Sarah Houbolt’s character.

This film features seasoned actors who have been in various other visually interesting films. Sarah Houbolt has previously been in ‘Cirque Du Soleil – Worlds Away’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet – Love Song’ which (like with this film) are both unique in both the way the writers and directors have presented story and visuals. Robin Quaree has experience with the same unique storytelling and visuals as his previous work includes Bas Luhrmann’s 2008 hit ‘Australia’. Quaree was also in the 2015 short film ‘Life’s a Drag’ as well as being featured in an episode of ‘Home and Away’ in 2013 and various episodes of ‘All Saints’ between 1999 until 2008.

This film is a unique once in a lifetime masterpiece that will leave you in a sense of suspense throughout. I highly recommend for anyone who enjoys films with weird and wonderful perspectives and features unique visuals to tell a story.

‘Reflections in the Dust’ will be having screenings starting March 7th across the country in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, and Perth.

Words Edmund Bleakley

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