PLANE TORQUE 1995
1. A three-channel video installation with stereo sound
2. A one-channel theatre projection
Against the aerial backdrops of city, coastal and mountainous environs around Brisbane, a traveller in transit recounts her fruitless attempts over two weeks to leave a war-torn tropical city in Africa and return to her home in Australia. Despite the efforts of a casual acquaintance, a young doctor, and the corrupt director of operations at the local airport, she ends up going nowhere in a travel story from hell.
Moving images are projected one after the other, and one at a time, on each of three adjacent walls in a darkened room. Each wall shows sweeping aerial views of environs around Brisbane and further north. Three people appear, superimposed over each of the images. The appearance of the image on each of the three walls appears to be random.
- The Traveller appears over the city. Sound Over: planes landing and taking off at an airport.
- The Doctor appears over the coast. Sound Over: tropical birds and animals, insects buzzing.
- The Director of Operations appears over the mountains. Sound Over: wind rustling, blowing through the treetops.
The familiar and the foreign are intermingled as each character takes it in turn to tell parts of a never-ending story, from their own point of view.
writer, director, producer MERILYN FAIRSKYE
post production JASON WHITING
story NESCHA TECKLE
Doctor JAMES DORRAT
Traveller SUHANYA RAFFEL
Official JOE AIRO-FARULLA
Produced with the crew and facilities of ETV, in association with the Centre for Innovation in the Arts, the Academy of the Arts, Queensland University of Technology. Produced in association with the Australian Film Commission.
Master tape: Betacam SP, colour, stereo sound
Duration: 19.5 minutes
3 video projectors (Super VHS capable)
1 Super VHS VCR
Darkened room with three uninterrupted, adjacent walls.
(c) 1995 Merilyn Fairskye