Premiering @ West End Film Festival 2013 - April 21st 8:30pm
So this is more of a retrospective journal than a review, considering I was involved with the production. I thought it was worth sharing my thoughts on the film regardless.
The Worm Eaters is a film set and shot in Brisbane. It follows the story of a swimming pool patron who bares accidental witness to a lifeguard enacting his dirty little secret: he likes to eat worms. In desperation to avoid confrontation she drowns herself, resuscitated by who else? The story follows her unusual quest to thank him and let him know she is accepting of his peculiar activities.
Although I had watched the film a hundred times by the time my work was done, it was even more entertaining seeing it on the big screen with an audience. A bittersweet mix of melancholy that doesn’t take itself seriously. It’s both intriguing, with big laugh out loud moments. If it gets the exposure it deserves it will be a big crowd pleaser.
My favorite aspect of the film is the character Jeff, played by Dan Eady. A man who strokes her hair on the bus. Yes, that is how they meet and a friendship is formed. Although the things he says and does are downright creepy, the writing & performance really brings out some kind of sweetness. Not enough films sympathise with the creepy guy. He forms an unusual father-daughter like bond; defending her, “Even though she is part of the slut generation”.
I was a soundie on this film, meaning I recorded everything from dialogue to foley. I also edited the sound in post, mixing together the final product. I must say this one was a lot of fun and well worth the end product. If you’re in Brisbane, I thoroughly recommend heading over to West End Film Festival and seeing it in the short film program. The line-up looks quite promising this year.
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