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57 Lawson

Year: 2016, 71 mins
Code: APR-Lawson

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Filmed under the shadow of impending relocations, 57 Lawson is a drama-documentary hybrid film that fixates on the nature of the everyday life of the tenants living in a social housing estate in central Sydney, Australia, over the course of one evening. It patiently documents the moment before everything will change forever.

Ben Ferris is an Australian filmmaker and the Artistic Director of the Sydney Film School.As a film writer/director he has won major international awards, including the Grand Prix at the Akira Kurosawa Memorial Short Film Festival in Tokyo, Japan for his short film "The Kitchen" (2003)and the Grand Prix at the One Take Film Festival in Zagreb, Croatia for his short film "Ascension" (2004). He has written and directed the feature film "Penelope" (2009) which screened in National Competition at the 56th Pula Film Festival and the feature film "57 Lawson" (2016). In 2017 he won a residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris.

"From the very first frame, which captures the low- rise towers as their day fades into night, the director’s docu-drama masterfully draws upon the objective observational cinema of Chantal Akerman, Chris Marker and Frederick Wiseman in examining the inevitability of change while archiving the latest redefinition of the role of ‘people’ in the city landscape" Simon Foster, Screen Space

"the rawness, the stillness, is mesmerising...The pragmatic reality of these scenes against the poetic quietude of earlier scenes gives the film its poignant narrative about people who are invisible until they become inconvenient." Rita Bragovich, Altmedia

“Brimming with heart and humanism, the film also operates at the very intersection of reality and fiction, pushing the documentary format in a bold, new direction. Singular, visionary and experimental at heart, 57 Lawson sits at the very forefront of documentary cinema.” Stefan Popescu, Sydney Underground Film Festival

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