Alone

Alone

Ashley Dick

With Alone I wanted to show people what it felt like to grow up with oppressive tradition: confusing and unfair. With this premise in mind, I challenged myself to create a film entirely on my own, and I came up with 'Alone'. It was difficult, but liberating: I was limited in what I could do with my camera, as I had to be on screen as well as operating it, but I could shoot anywhere and anytime I wanted without the constraints of managing a team. I learned a lot about my limitations but also broke through my comfort zone. When I screened it to my peers I told no one about the origins of the film, and asked everyone what they thought it was about. Some thought it was about a woman abused, some thought she had lost a baby, some thought she was an alien or time-traveller, some thought she was in a post-apocalyptic future. The most interesting response was that it was about the history of women. I have found that your own experience shapes your interpretation of the film, and I hope it makes people think and discuss this.

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VideoJohn Byrne Award