Leave Your Body

  • Author

    Natasha Cantwell

  • Country

    New Zealand

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  • Type

    experimental film / video

  • Video format

    16 : 9

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Shot on 16mm film, within the constraints of Melbourne’s rolling COVID-19 lockdowns, 'Leave Your Body' features the apartment where the filmmaker spent the better part of 2020. However, where she sees a prison, her partner Sean sees a sanctuary. To him these five rooms are a fortress, not only protecting them from the virus, but also from the social pressure to interact with strangers. Portraying a fictitious version of himself (as well as the film’s various intruders) he defends his solitude while quietly losing touch with reality. 'Leave Your Body' is a celebration of isolation, but also an acknowledgement that the longer confinement continues; the harder it will be to rejoin society.

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