Human Traces - 2017
Overactive Imagination - 87 min.
DVD UPC - 191091556665
Blu-ray UPC - 191091556610
Principal Cast: Sophie Henderson, Mark Mitchinson, Vinnie Bennett, Sara Wiseman, Milo Cawthorne, Peter Daube.
Writer: Nic Gorman; Director of Photography: John Chrisstoffels; Original Music: Steve Gallagher; Editor: Richard Shaw; Art Direction: Heather Hayward; Costume Design: Sally Gray; Production Design: Martin Gorzeman; Producer: Nadia Maxwell; Visual Effects Supervisor: Darwin Go; Director: Nic Gorman.
The drama takes place 750 kms south of New Zealand, where husband-and-wife scientist team Sarah (Sophie Henderson) and Glenn (Mark Mitchinson) have been posted to monitor the ecosystem of a remote island. When a mysterious stranger named Pete (Vinnie Bennett) arrives, paranoia and deception begin to disrupt the order. After the opening segment, the film is split into three chapters, each told from a different character’s perspective. Each new chapter is designed to reassemble the last: no sooner have you sided with one character, than you find your allegiance complicated by the next point of view. The opening credits utilises black & White 1.33:1 archival Antarctic expedition footage. I found the last segment/chapter to have been edited in a confusing manner and therefore negatively affecting my overall view of the film. Excellent photography and I appreciated the subtitle option. Shooting locations in The Catlins and Banks Peninsula.
Censor Rating: M - Review rating: B-
Official MP4 Trailer