Peter Gurbiel’s Home returns to where it all began

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Jack Thompson, Nathaniel Dean and Emilie Cocquerel in Home.

Home was first discovered on the stage from a contemporary adaptation of Belgian playwright Maurice Maeterlinck’s 1894 one-act play Intérieur. Full of crushing innocence and fleeting flourished of life masquerading between the darker recesses of death and the human condition, such was its impact that it had that writer and director Peter Gurbiel knew that this was a film that just had to be made.

Do they make short films in Perth? I thought that was just an Eastern States thing. You absolute bozo. Right now, Perth filmmakers are pumping out some phenomenal short films and Home is no exception. Cinema Australia was lucky enough to catch an early look at the film during a cast and crew screening in Perth and we were truly blown away. It’s dark, haunting, intense, beautifully acted and incredibly shot. It’s a mini masterpiece. Director Peter Gurbiel is a name you will be hearing a lot more of. Here’s some of what Peter had to say about Home.
“Having been invited to view a stage adaptation of Maeterlinck’s play, I looked for the original source material to find out more about these characters and this wonderfully dark and brutal, beautiful story. In particular I fell in love with deconstructing such a simple idea of what ‘home’ is, and what it means,” Gurbiel said. “Home is somewhere that you are supposed to feel safe and comfortable. But really, even if you are a good person, is that enough to feel completely safe at night? Even in your own home? Anything can change that, and take away all that it means in a moment. This happens every day, all around the world. Are we all living in fear, and if not – why not? Are we recklessly ignoring how fragile life actually is? This central premise presented so many questions and layers to explore, so I set about writing the film and did everything that I could to push it into production.”

It’s sounds like a real performance-heavy film. Real actors scoff at short films, don’t they? Which hack did they get for this one? Jack Thompson.

🤯 WOW! I know, right? And Jack is everything you’d expect him to be in this film. He doesn’t miss a beat. Jack speaks highly of director Peter Gurbiel as well as the production itself.
“I play the character described as The Old Man. He’s an elder of the village,” Jack said. “He represents age really, he represents someone who’s been through a bit of life and who’s probably had to discuss the death of someone in the village before these incidents occurred. What attracts me to all projects is the script, as soon as I saw the script for ‘Home’ I could see that it’s a great vehicle for an actor. It’s about people’s internal lives, about their fears and aspirations, and that’s what an actor wants. Working with Peter has been really great. We set out to make this little movie some time ago and various circumstances including the weather got in the way. We’ve discussed it backwards and forwards, Peter really knows what he wants. He’s worked really hard with a really good crew to put that together, and it doesn’t get any better than that.

Jack must have taken up a huge chunk of the budget. Were the other actors cardboard cutouts? No way. Thompson is backed up by some serious acting talent including Nathaniel Dean as Ed Miller and Emilie Cocquerel as Martha.

Nathaniel Dean. Was he in the original Alien? Nice try. Nathaniel was in Alien: Covenant.

Close enough. You were way off. Nathaniel has worked extensively in film, theatre and television. His first film role after graduating from NIDA in 1999 was in Tony Ayres’ Walking on Water for which he received the Australian Film Institute (AFI) Award in 2002 for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. In 2004 Nathaniel was again nominated for an AFI Award for his role in Cate Shortland’s Somersault. His other film credits include roles in Neil Armfield’s Candy, as well as The Rage in Lake Placid, The Final Winter and Locusts. Nathaniel will next be seen in The NightingaleEmilie Cocquerel was a runner-up for the 2015 Heath Ledger Scholarship and is one of Australia’s most intriguing recent graduates as her recent inclusion in the Australian Women’s Weekly’s Generation Next portfolio will attest. Emelie was cast in feature films Joe Cinque’s Consolation based on the book by Helen Garner, Lion starring Dev Patel & Rooney Mara, and Mormon Yankees: The Spirit of the Game. She also featured in Rachel Ward’s ABC tele-movie An Accidental Soldier.

Impressive stuff. Where can I see it? After a very successful film festival run, Home returns, well… home, and will screen at the Revelation Perth International Film Festival over the next few weeks. You can find find screenings session and buy tickets here.

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