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The Plains – screening and talk with director David Easteal
February 22 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Barbican is hosting a screening of The Plains followed by a live talk on stage with its director David Easteal.
The critically acclaimed feature, which premiered at the Sydney film festival 2022, focuses on the commute made by a man in his mid-50s in Melbourne, Australia.
As he drives home in Melbourne, the filmmaker captures the man’s everyday reflections and musings which, over the film’s three-hour running, develop into a poetic and intimate portrait of his motivations, and the nature of work, home, family and love.
Described by The Guardian as “an amazing work of art”, The Plains takes place completely within the car, with the camera shooting through the windscreen to capture the exterior landscapes and surroundings as we move through the urban space – a labyrinth of interlocked roads and other vehicles – on the journey to suburban Melbourne. Easteal shot the evening commute at the same time of day for a period of 12 months.