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Stroke Short Film (Full Length) – 1994 Experimental Dance

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Short Film (Full Length) – 1994 Experimental Dance

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Christine Jeffs made her directing debut with this lush, high end (35mm film, Dolby sound) short film. Dorothy (Fiona Samuel), a lone swimmer, luxuriates in tranquil bliss at a deserted pool — only to have her solitude rudely interrupted by a squad of swimmers. A wordless, strikingly choreographed conflict ensues as Dorothy attempts to assert herself against the dehumanised aggression of the swimmers. Stroke was invited to international festivals including Cannes and Sundance; and Jeffs went on to direct feature films Rain and Sunshine Cleaning.

Every shot was either in the water, on the water or over the water
– Christine Jeffs

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Meridian Film Productions

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Acknowledgements

In association with The Short Film Fund of the New Zealand Film Commission.