Two families spend the day at a deserted beach on the hottest day of the summer in this short film which marks a directing debut for long time producer and production manager Dorthe Scheffmann. While husbands and children occupy themselves, Margie (Donogh Rees) discovers a terrible secret about her friend Anne (Elizabeth Hawthorne) and her marriage. Margie’s explosive reaction shatters the languor created by the overexposed footage in this Hamburg Film Festival prize-winner (which was also selected for competition at Cannes and Telluride).
I really like The Beach. I think I was really lucky that my first film is fairly articulate - it's clear and concise. I think that's lucky. I'll be very lucky to make another film in my career which I have that kind of emotional response to. And when I say that, it's not that I think it's an excellent film, it's just that I can look at it and feel good about it.– Director Dorthe Scheffmann
This Is It
Produced with the assistance of the Creative Film and Video Scheme of the Arts Council of New Zealand, a funding partnership between the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa, the NZ Film Commission and New Zealand On Air