To be in a loving relationship is one of the greatest feelings. You have someone you can rely on, someone to call your own, someone to love you for who you are. Life becomes familiar and stable. But suddenly, a chance encounter with someone new sparks a curiosity that leaves you wanting more. At first, you test the waters with some harmless flirting, but soon after a fresh romance, new experiences and dangerous desires take hold as you savor the excitement of a new lover. Meanwhile, your heart gently reminds you of a love that you once knew is still waiting for you.
Whether it’s thrust upon you by your significant other, or whether it’s your conscience telling you that what you’re doing is not right. At some point, you will need to choose. You may decide that the risk of tearing yourself from old and building foundations anew may be too much for what its worth. Or, you may decide that life is too short to stay within the confines of safety and take the leap. In the end, we must realize that only we are responsible for our own happiness.
“The idea behind the story came from my own personal struggles with discovering what I wanted in relationships and life. I had stayed in unfulfilling relationships born out of fear of hurting feelings where ultimately I was hurting myself. I realised true happiness doesn’t come easily and the process to discover it starts with stepping out of your comfort zone”, explains the Sydney-born and based director. “Although the film is set in the 1980s, the story is more relevant than ever in today’s society. We live in a frantic world, where people are constantly occupied by consumerism and instant gratification too distracted to reflect and listen to their own inner voice.”
“To tell the story, I have taken visual and musical inspirations from Wong Kar Wai’s ‘In the Mood For Love’ and 1950s Hollywood Film Noir. I loved those films for being extremely stylish, romantic and moody. These are perfect elements to tell a dramatic love story. The film was shot handheld to invite the viewers to experience the drama unfolding. I also kept the dialogue to a minimum to allow the viewer to focus and experience the 3 main character’s internal world. Music plays a huge role in portraying the tonal and emotional shifts”, adds William Sung.
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