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The Derelict Plain (2004)

Directed by: Damien Csehi
Written by: Damien Csehi
Links: Official site, Mooroolbark Heights Secondary College
Genre: Short

This movie gets: 4.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"Yes, very derelict (.....)" - a review by em_fiction

(see Nerd Boy (2004) for Top screen introduction)

The Derelict Plain - Damien Csehi
10 minutes
Mooroolbark Heights Secondary College, Mooroolbark

"A beautifully constructed mystery set in the rolling fields of a country long forgotten. Attention to detail is finely wrought in this evocation of another time and place."

This sepia-toned gangster fantasy mystery (I know, what a genre!) is the only top screen short set in a past era. It's about a guy, standing in the middle of an open plain, who finds a mysterious box with creepy engravings. Something in the box possesses him, and later some people die (in all honesty, I can't remember who).

I'll just keep this one short and sweet: in terms of filmmaking, The Derelict Plain was far better than some of the other crap, but still no cigar. And it's all about the plot, mate — it's all about the plot.

em_fiction gives this movie 4 out of 10.
Review created on Sun 27 Jun 2004

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  1. Well, see the problem is that the movie was filmed without permission on someone elses' property.

    The film has bad acting.

    And Damien Csehi is an ex-Dominoe's Pizza pizza-boy.

    However, it is a work of art. Remember the name Damien Csehi.

    It is... the future.

    ... Of all things.

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from Boogie Woogie Wookie on Wed 19 Jan 2005 23:13 #

  2. faggot.

    A comment from nick dzian on Sun 29 May 2005 19:57 #

  3. I’ve personally got high hopes for Damien Csehi as a film maker and, would be writer but I fear he may turn out to be nothing more than a shameless self promoter(such as James Cole, look him up and be amused). That being said he is in fact committed, rather admirably so to his passion and his name will inevitably soar with the proverbial neon glow for all the world to judge. It would seem unfortunate that in the lacklustre of the Australian pool of talent, in this gruelling industry of make believe, time is a major factor. The great ones take decades to fashion, and time, will no doubt tell wether or not he has what it takes to craft beauty and stir emotional inspiration. This piece and his more recent works (I speak of Frank Grey: Private Investigator and Shotgun!) are fairly generic films with unoriginal concepts, but the cinematography is quite professional. Csehi has amazing potential – it has to be said of someone his age to be so ambitious. I just hope he can remain master of his domain and let up on the self love. It’s art for Gods sake, be a little more stoic.

    A comment from NO-buddy, Mr. on Tue 25 Mar 2008 00:56 #

  4. "A beautifully constructed mystery set in the rolling fields of a country long forgotten. Attention to detail is finely wrought in this evocation of another time and place."

    Master Csehi, you are skilled indeed, of that there is no doubt. No one has ever questioned your talent. Some may, however, question the path you have taken with more recent works, I refer to Frank Grey:Private Investigator and Shotgun!. Damien, I refer you to the opening synopsis of your film, 'The Derelict Plain', yes the acting may have been questionable, the camera work a little crude but this is what grass-roots film making is all about.

    Since 2003 I am sure your skill has increased tremendously and you are more than capable of making something that people will remember for years to come. Please do not get caught up in the mob themed films which are exploding all over the internet thanks to productions like televisions “The Sopranos�. Mister Csehi, in this industry you have to make your own opportunities and you showed enormous potential with ‘The Derelict Plain’. I believe you should make another mystery, for the first serious production you made, armed with just a domestic mini DV camera set on sepia tone, was broadcast to hundreds at Melbourne’s Federation Square. A new period piece by Damien Csehi, a mystery, would bring you great success if entered in the right place.

    Feel free to contact me if you disagree or agree with me. Whatever you decide, good luck with it. You have the potential Damien, please use it.

    My email is:

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from You Know I Am Right on Wed 28 May 2008 17:35 #

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