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Passionless Moments Short Film – 1983 Drama Experimental

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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.

Key Cast & Crew

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Jane Campion

Director, Writer, Producer, Camera

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Gerard Lee

Director, Writer, Producer

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Keith Holmes

Set Designer

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?
- From the narration