Concept

Director's Statement

'The concept of Lane came from a personal experience in a swimming pool. Artistic licence pushes the experience to the extreme as I found myself imagining what would happen if there were no boundaries.

 

In LANE, the pool represents a micocosm for society. The fluidity of water allows freedom of movement but set within the frame of lane dividers. Each person picks their lane of choice and sticks to the rules of that path.

 

For many, being in water evokes a state of freedom. The escapism of hard edges and the sensory experience of semi-weightlessness is the closest thing to flying without man-made mechanics. Placing a barrier in water, such as lane dividers, opposes the free-flowing nature of water. It is a contradiction. Similar to the contradiction of life, where all people should exercise free will, the constraints of government and society (wherever you are in the world) imposes rules, regulations and systems to maintain order.

 

Sometimes the rules of order are too much to bear. In our modern world, especially in large cities and communities, the sheer volume of rules shrink our room for manoeuvre and stunt our growth. Our lane becomes narrower and attempts at squeezing through become more desperate. Whether for selfish or survival reasons, sometimes the barrier breaks.

 

LANE tells the story of a woman who goes swimming, a routine that fits into her schedule. As the viewer we watch her until the frame shifts in water and we become her. Throughout the film, the perspective alternates between two characters and the outside eye in what is, for the most part, a silent film.

 

The female-led cast doesn't pry on gender equality in terms of narrative. It is an undercurrent representation to the passage of time and the stages of life for our protagonist.

 

LANE may have philosophical attributes but it is not without humour and flamboyant behaviour. If the metaphoric context delivers universal themes of human nature, the joy of humour is absolutely necessary.'

 

Trailer Credits

 

PHILIP BLOOM, Director of Photography

ROBERT BOUGHEN, Assistant to DP

ROBYN STEYN, Actress/Director/Editor

JOE FRANCIS-WILLIAMS, Assistant Director

ROSSANA MASUELLO, Sound Recordist

EMMA LUNDEGAARD, Actress

ALISTAIR PARKER, Voiceover Artist

GEOFF SMITH, Sound Engineer

OSCAR ACILAM, Musician

KEITH MUSAMAN MORTON, Sound Equipment

STEPHAN GIBBERD, Facilities Manager at Trinity School location

NEVEN STOKIC, MICHELLE MANNIX, MARK BEAN, AGANIESZKA SZARA at Clapham Picturehouse location