One of a select few Kiwi dramas about filmmaking, The Footstep Man centres on a man whose job is creating footsteps and sound effects for movies. Lonely, toiling under a demanding director, Sam (Brit Steven Grimes) gets trapped between real life and reel life. Cinematographer Leon Narbey’s second movie is a portrait of the strange pressure cooker of creating films, a luminous film within a film — with Jennifer Ward-Lealand as muse to painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec — and a reminder that for all the technology involved, moviemaking is about the human touch.
Take it easy Sam. You don't want to crack up again.– Jake (Peter Dennett)
Music composed by Jan Preston and performed by Preston (piano), Peter Boyd (saxophone) and members of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra
Soundtrack includes Quintet in C Major (Franz Schubert), performed by Ensemble Villa Musica, In the Deep of the Night, performed by Love and Bass, and Tabula Rasa (Arvo Part), performed by Gidon Kremer, Tatjana Grindenko and Alfred Schnittke