Director of Photography: Jeremy Rouse.

This is a story about an old man at the edge of life who has forgotten the feeling of joy and lost the ability to be happy. Through a bizarre occurrence he is forced on a journey to rediscover what it is to live.

Written and directed by Victorian College of the Arts graduate, Billie Pleffer, Fysh is shot by the award-winning cinematographer Jeremy Rouse (Jonathan). Funded by the highly competitive Screen Australia Hot Shots Fund, Fysh is the story of an old man and a fish that changed his life.

As Rouse captures so poignantly, it can often be life’s most joyous moments that are its most unexpected. The film dives right into what is a small, fragile but life-changing experience and in doing so beautifully captures feelings and those hard to reach places that demand perseverance and patience. This journey is captured quietly and with remarkable authenticity by Rouse’s camera, whose expert ability to reveal the old man is essential to our buying into the truth of his story.

Reviewed at the 2017 Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF).

Written by Vanessa Abbott. 

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