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SYNOPSIS

Virtue of Memory is a 20-minute psychological drama constructed to convey the themes of learning from mistakes and dealing with the consequences of actions. The world of the film features a known practice of individuals having a specific memory erased if it is causing emotional pain. This culture is controversial but not uncommon. The four main characters work together opposite the clinic where this takes place, ridiculing those who enter.

 

But what will they do when they have something to forget? Soon, they are involved in an incident to the detriment of someone close to them, and are faced with a choice on whether to take responsibility for their actions, or forget, and move on with their lives.

Would you forget your biggest mistake?

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Director's Statement

Through Virtue of Memory, I wanted to investigate themes of learning from mistakes, and taking accountability for actions, and the idea that eluding the immediate repercussions of an error leads only to further torment and misfortune.

With this concept in mind, my intention was to create a character-driven drama with strong moral implications, and heavy themes of guilt.

Furthermore, I wanted to explore visualising these emotions through various techniques, and taking inspiration from art movements such as surrealism and expressionism. 
Applying principles from these movements enabled me to construct sequences that did not aim to depict reality. Rather, a subjective insight into the guilt and paranoia being experienced by the characters by distorting reality and displaying surreal manifestations of the subconscious.

Working with this cast was special and very rewarding; I learned a lot from them and could not have been happier with how they took to their respective roles, bringing so much to them.

I developed immensely during this process and look forward to applying that experience to future projects, where I aim to continue experimenting with subjectivity.

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Film Stills

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Cast & Crew

Melissa Pullinger as Alex

CeeJay Singh as Billy

Georgie Cufone as Charlie

Alexander Vlahos as Darcy

Ren Williams as Tracy

Daniel Fryar Calabro as Dave

Robert Donnarumma as Hypnotherapist

Director of Photography: Jack Morton

Gaffer: Laura Kennedy

ACs: Nick Burt, Alijah Musolino, William Helm

Best Boy: Marcus Catt

Editor: Dante Niedzwiedz

Assistant Editors: Darcy Schaaf, William Olijnyk, Finn McNamara

Post Sound: Alice Reardon, Angus Becke-Smith, Kyle Davison

Colourist: Luek Grainger

Composer: Kristoffer Jaw-Moss

Written & Directed by Dante Niedzwiedz

Produced by Dante Niedzwiedz & Alice Reardon

1st AD: Sida Xie

2nd AD: Paul Hennessy

Continuity: Ben Raschella

Production Assistant: Eleni Galanopoulos

Sound Recordists: Angus Becke-Smith, Patrick Prior, Paddy Maddern, Kyle Davison

 Production Design: Sybella Schumacher, Amy Evans, Erin Moran, Yang Zhang, Eleni Galanopoulos

Costume Designer: Amy Evans

Props: Sybella Schumacher

Makeup: Kate Bonnie, Sybella Schumacher, Eleni Galanopoulos

BTS: Abigail Nicholls, Taia Doyle, Ryan Nash

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