Alexander Back

Screen & Photography

Saudade | Dir: Lucien Perry

A 10-minute family home-video captured on Christmas day, 1999.

Days Left
12
Funded
49%
Donated
$1,458
Supporters
29

The closest relative to Saudade is the family-portrait home-video. That portrait is at the very heart of this story, in which a group of family members gather inside a suburban Australian home to celebrate the last Christmas of the millennium.

The home-video offers alluring hints of everyday life. For Christmas, the home-video brings to mind warmth, matched by a sense of ritual, family tension and nostalgia.

There’s something illuminating about the intimacy of a home-video, and Saudade hopes to celebrate the home-video as a historical and cultural artefact. Set firmly in 1999 – an era when the camcorder was rolling at every family event – Saudade will show a family engaging in their yearly Christmas rounds – unwrapping presents, singing Christmas carols, and eating a Christmas lunch. Casual and ambient details of a late 90s Australian suburban home will be emblematic to the story.

Saudade will rely on the essence of improvised performance and will take its cues from the method of revered filmmaker Mike Leigh. Mentored by award-winning filmmaker and expert in character based improvisation (CBI) Robert Marchand, Lucien hopes to recreate the immediacy and spontaneity of theatre-based performance through his use of CBI.

What’s most significant about Saudade, is its portraiture: we are wanting to recreate and preserve an ordinary scene from the past.

We shoot in February 2021. Donations will elevate the production values & cover:
Casting fees
Costume
Catering
Prop and Set Design
Sound Design
Post Production
Festival Submission

Lucien Perry is a 23-year-old filmmaker currently undertaking his final year of film at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) in Melbourne. Lucien’s previous directorial work include a music video for Melbourne artist Oscar Perry’s Nespresso and short films TUB (2017) and Unforgettable (2019). TUB was awarded Best Edited Film at Swinburne University of Technology (2017) and was nominated for Best Tertiary Film at Setting Sun Film Festival (2018).

AB
Live Projects

1

Projects Funded

1

Projects Supported

1

Ali has worked as a Festival Programmer for the Brisbane International Film Festival.

He has also provided programming assistance for the Australian Cinematheque, the Queensland Film Festival, and the Humankind Film Festival.

He is currently in his final year of Masters of Producing at VCA. He completed his under-graduate degree in Film Theory and Creative Writing.

WB

Will and Mami Back

QLD
RM

Robbie McKinstry

VIC
CB

Caroline Back

Please select region, state or province
LG

Lucinda Grant

QLD
LV

Lilly vg

VIC
JE

John Edmond

QLD
TM

Tess Mardling

VIC
NA

Naoise Halloran

VIC
CG

Cynthia Grahame

NSW
MP

Max is the best

QLD
FS

Flynn Smeaton

VIC
AN

Angus McKinnon

VIC
FG

Fred G

QLD
CG

Clementine Girard-Foley

VIC
AM

Austin Moro

QLD
JB

Jo Bedford

QLD
MB

Michael Back

QLD
UP

Ulysses Purser

VIC
AH

Adelaide Hope

VIC
CH

Claire Huntington

VIC
CD

Celeste de Clario

VIC
NB

Nuala Bradley

VIC

Grace Dephoff

VIC
AB

Alexander Back

VIC