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Driving Home (1999)

Directed by: Susan Kim
Starring: Anita Beckman
Links: Driving Home on the IMDb
Genre: Short

This movie gets: 7.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

Driving Home (1999) is also mentioned in pearly's review of Mother Tongue (2003).

"Exploring the animation process" - a review by pearly

Driving Home is a 1 and a half minute short film by Susan Kim. Created as a project while she was at VCA, and based on the assignment of making a piece about her "strongest first memory", Driving Home is a beginning to Kim's use of her immigration to Australia as a basis for her films, followed up in Mother Tongue (2003).

It is a fairly simple image of a young girl driving with her father, but beneath the surface is the irony of the title, as Kim is driving to a new home, a place which, to her, is not yet really home.

I attended a screening of this film at ACMI, and Kim spoke about originally wanting the film to be able double the length. You can't expect too much from a student film, given the limited resources, but I agree that the film would probably have been better if it had been allowed to be just a little longer. As it was, there was barely time to take it all in. As I said in my review of Mother Tongue, I was interested to learn about the different techniques used to create a very similar end result (to this untrained eye anyway). Driving Home was shot on 16mm film by using a camera pointed downward at a glass plate lit from beneath. The images were then painted onto the glass using oil paints, and then altered to create each frame of the animation. Quite a different process to the digital one used in Mother Tongue, and Kim noted that she enjoyed the physical aspect of getting down and dirty with paints and turps more than she did the use of computers.

A very beautiful looking film, but content-wise, it serves as more of a teaser for what's to come than a piece in its own right, I feel.

pearly gives this movie 7 out of 10.
Review created on Mon 19 Jul 2004

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