The Correspondent is an Australian short film from 2016 Cannes Short Film Catalogue. The film can be found in the Short Film Corner this year at the festival, read our short Q&A with the director Alan King below.
Could you tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Alan King, I’m 46 years old and I live in Australia with my wife and ten year old daughter. I have worked as a professional actor for over twenty-five years and I also love to paint. I finished a full time art degree in 2007. After art school I found myself gravitating towards filmmaking. Aside from loving movies, I found it to be the perfect platform to amalgamate both my performance and visual art skills. To date I have made four short films and in 2014 formed my production company White Cube Picture Lab with the objective of producing avant garde storytelling for the screen.
What is your film about? What are the main topics raised by the story?
The Correspondent deals with the sense of displacement associated with the onset of grief. In particular when we loose someone close to us, our ability to connect with the world and the people around us can suddenly become overwhelming and beyond our control. The film’s lead character, Michael, is experiencing this displacement after the sudden death of his child and we follow his journey through love, loss and resurrection. Michael works as a foreign news correspondent and the fact he is overseas and so far from home, serves to work as a metaphorical backdrop for what is happening to his character internally on an emotional level.
I believe this film appeals to a broad range of people because it deals with fundamental human issues of love, loss, grief, hope and our sense of home.
Why did you decided to submit your short film to the Short Film Corner?
Cannes is the premiere film festival in the World and the Short Film Corner is the pre-eminent marketplace for short films. Also my previous two shorts, The Winking Boy and Goldfield, were fortunate enough to be accepted into the SFC, so I didn’t want to break with tradition!
You can find the growing list of interviews of the Short Film Q&A from Cannes, here: http://www.daazo.com/cannes2016qa