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Jamais Vu

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Paul Haffenden

Synopsis

'in that sleep of death, what dreams may come' (Shakespeare).

Shot in varying live and object stop-frame formats, Jamais Vu depicts an individual's descent into his own madness, capturing the perverse poetry of insanity by using motifs of dream, blackout, amnesia and final annihilation. As we enter the opening dream, we witness the protagonist's (Antonio O) fall into the self-referential world of the Cellar, a place where objects seem to have their own malicious intent. Trapped within the unknown space, Antonio O struggles to hold onto some sense of his own self. He starts to have flashbacks of his forgotten memories which become so vivid that he can not handle any more and as he collapses, he regurgitates all of his memory into a book and breathes his last breath. Ultimately, though, we realise that the Cellar is the main protagonist.

Details

Year
2006
Type of film
Shorts
Running Time
7 mins 53 secs
Format
Digital Skills
Director
Kenny Ip, Paul Haffenden 1st Feature
Producer
Kenny Ip, Paul Haffenden
Co-Producer
Kenny Ip, Paul Haffenden
Editor
Kenny Ip, Paul Haffenden
Screenwriter
Kenny Ip, Paul Haffenden
Director of Photography
Kenny Ip, Paul Haffenden
Production Designer
Kenny Ip, Paul Haffenden
Sound
Kenny Ip, Paul Haffenden
Music
Noise Instruments for Insomniacs and Japana Maho
Principal Cast
Adam McKeown, Dominique Auch

Production Company

Cellar Productions