LIFE(Y) · 2019
My first short film, ‘LIFE(Y)’ is currently doing the festival rounds. The multi-award winning film explores issues surrounding mental health, social conformity and loneliness in a ‘modern’ society. A middle aged migrant living in the UK is caught up in the timelessness of a ‘Westernised’ existence. He yearns for a connection, a human interaction... however unusual or mysterious...
It’s possible that most of us maybe don't even know that we’re in a state of advanced isolation. 'LIFE(Y)' is about the temporality and solitary condition of an existence for someone with a ‘difference’. The film explores how isolation has a strange effect on humans. Very subtly, days coalesce, the routine blurs, space and time becomes insignificant. We often hope for even the smallest of meaningful human exchanges, however brief, abstract or unusual.
The protagonist's modern life could be either his ‘peace’ or his 'purgatory'.
Short Film, UK, 2019
Running time: 8 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1:85
Starring: Wade Bailey
Man in Park: Csaba Kardos
Written & Directed by: Cristobal Catalan
Produced by: Karl Man
Director of Photography: Simon van Parjis
Executive Producer: Vince Choo
First Assistant Camera: Nick Galbusera
Gaffer: Alex Magill
Sound Designer: Claire Stevens
Assistant Production Coordinator: Marek Dabrowski
Steadicam Operator: Beau Pritchard-James
Editor: Cristobal Catalan
Music Composer: Ethan Helfrich
Colorist: Simon van Parjis
Visual Effects: Seymur Mammadov
Using key symbolism, for example, the leading character's skin condition. I wanted to strip the film down, to a minimalist tone, in the vein of my inspirational heroes of Italian Renaissance cinema.