Directed by Michael Raso
Margaret is an 80 year old widow who spends each day visiting her local train station. She pleasantly sits on a bench absorbing the surroundings which give her a lot of bliss. The staff are aware of her presence and give her something significant in an envelope, hoping she’ll no longer return. What’s in the envelope?
Born in Frankston Victoria, Michael’s passion for film came from watching black and white and technicolor films from his father’s collection. From working at a local Television Museum to Channel 31, Michael was always going to work in the film industry.
Starting out as a Production Runner on Rove Live, he now works with all the free to air networks on major sporting events and reality shows as a camera op. He’s helped on low budget features in Melbourne and Sydney with JD Cohen, and many short films. His ambition to direct and tell his own stories led him to write Solitude, a story inspired by love and devotion.
Justin John Doherty / Independent / World Cinema features / United Kingdom / 2017 / 84 minsInfluenced by the character driven style of John Cassavetes’ films, Wilderness introduces viewers to John, a touring jazz musician who has never met a woman like Alice. That's because there aren't many women like Alice. Their love is urgent and physical and they have made heady declarations of devotion to each other. Blowing out of the city like a whirlwind in the night, Alice and John flee to the coast. However, over the course of this romantic weekend getaway, they come into contact with strangers and friends and the bubble threatens to burst as they discover the vulnerabilities, flaws and manipulations that were previously masked by the blissful waves of new love.