Director of Photography: Ariel Kleiman

Shannon cooks dinner whilst speaking to a perverted stranger online. Andrew takes a bath wrapped in seared Christmas lights. What could possibly shock this estranged couple from their malaise? Homebodies features a suburban couple trying to escape the banality of their lives through depraved acts.

With cinematography by Australian director and filmmaker Ariel Kleiman (Partisan), short film Homebodies is about being alone together. Kleiman’s lens delicately portrays a deeply isolated and disconnected protagonist who unsuccessfully attempts to transcend his disenchanted reality.

Serendipitously, in trying to escape their lives, this disconnected couple are brought together in the most banal and domestic of fashions. Homebodies is the third and final part of ‘The Despair Trilogy’ by writer/director Yianni Warnock, and opened the ‘Australian Shorts’ program at the festival earlier this month.

Reviewed at the 2016 Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF).

By James Cunningham

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