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“There are one million passionless moments in your neighbourhood; each has a fragile presence which fades as it forms.” So says a voice in this early Jane Campion collaboration with writer Gerard Lee (Sweetie, Top of the Lake). Made — without permission — while both were students at Australian Film, Television and Radio School, the short eulogises 10 such moments to wry effect, from ‘Sleepy Jeans’ (misheard lyrics), to ‘Sex ... Thing’ (idle yoga thoughts). The celebration of the micro-absurdity of suburban life showed in the Un Certain Regard slot at Cannes 1986.

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 Jane Campion
 Gerard Lee
 Keith Holmes

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The beans will explode in 20 seconds unless they can be rushed into the nitro-glycerine immune area inside his mother’s kitchen ... will he make it? 
We got our friend, Veronika, to go to the front desk, and, in a bad European accent, ask 'Can you show me ze feelm Moments in Life or somezeenk?' When they opened the safe, she grabbed the film and hightailed it. It was the only way we could get it back. 
This was made with a friend, Gerard Lee. We wanted to make a film that appreciated the small, the ordinary and the overlooked. It explores those private, quirky [and yet somehow universal] thoughts and experiences, and documents a much neglected aspect of the human condition, known to psychologists as passionless moments. 


1984 AFI Film Awards
Best Experimental Film

1984 Sydney Film Festival
Most Popular Short Film

1984 Melbourne Film Festival
Unique Artistic Merit (“for delicious teasing irony”)

Festivals include:
1986 Cannes (Un Certain Regard), 1985 Edinburgh, 1984 Melbourne, 1984 Sydney