by MATTHEW EELES
We’ve said it before and we will say it again: Davo Hardy is one of the busiest directors working in Australian film.
A year after the release of his most recent film, The Blood of God, writer, director and producer Hardy has announced he is in pre-production on his fifth film, Public Eye, penned during the Covid-19 lockdown period.
Public Eye explores how people use social media to highlight their achievements, distract from their shortcomings and fracture their personalities for attention, validation – and sometimes renumeration – while waiving their right to privacy and anonymity.
“Despite the heavy content and themes, Public Eye was definitely written as a comedy,” Hardy tells Cinema Australia.
“There are some cracking one-liners and fourth wall breaks, all guaranteed to take the edge off for the audience. There is an interweaving narrative, showing how the characters face the haters and trolls online, while navigating the distinct lack of accountability and enforceable law that also exists there.”
Hardy says the film’s main character is a respected actor, caught up in the backlash of public opinion, after sensitive material of him is leaked to the world.
“He struggles with the hydra of retweets and sharing platforms, perpetuating the bad press, until he is forced to overcome the surging tide of reactions and mitigate the damage,” says Hardy.
“To quote Napolean Bonapart, “Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.”
In March 2020, Hardy married his The Blood of God leading man, Richard Littlehales, on the cusp of the first Coronavirus lockdown.
Like many creatives, it didn’t take long for Hardy to put his time to good use. Rather than go on their honeymoon, which has been postponed due to travel restrictions, Hardy has been writing a number of original screenplays. Public Eye is the he first to reach pre-production.
“I am so excited to see what people will produce, when the restrictions lift,” says Hardy.
“Throughout 2020, I have been seeing vague hints of the work my creative friends have been crafting, while working meticulously on my own. Still, we continue to wait with bated breath, as exact shooting dates, screenings and performances have been repeatedly stymied.”
Hardy has plans to shooting Public Eye in March 2021.