Slow-motion, black-and-white footage of a woman falling through the sky, past city buildings on the right and a lamp-post on the left, which is partially obscured by a cloud of steam from a vent. The woman has short dark hair, bare arms and legs, and is wearing a black dress with thin shoulder straps. She's on her back and her limbs sprawl around her as she falls in graceful slow motion.
When she has fallen out of frame the view changes to her blurry body in close-up plummeting past a row of pigeons on a ledge, then she's falling in slow motion past tall headstones and bare, wintry trees in a cemetery.
Another view: the woman's body plummets through a cloud of drifting steam or smoke. Next she's falling down behind a billboard that faces the traffic streaming across a highway in the background. Her limbs wave about her in slow motion as she falls down and out of the frame.
Then she's falling from above again, this time with a backdrop of a coastal headland. She drops towards the sea, and as she nears the water the same woman wakes with a start in her bed. She's wearing a dark nightgown with thin shoulder straps. Her large, dark eyes look startled for a moment, then they become drowsy and she falls back to sleep.
The exact same sequence repeats, with the woman falling in slow motion past the city buildings in the rising steam, past the pigeons on the ledge, past the graveyard headstones, through a drifting cloud, behind a billboard facing traffic, then towards the ocean.
The woman wakes in bed again, just as her falling self is about to hit the ocean. Once again she becomes drowsy and returns to sleep.
The same sequence of falling through different landscapes is repeated exactly as before, and again the woman wakes with a start at the end of it. She blinks drowsily and settles back down to sleep.
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Free Fall is a moving picture of perpetual, low level angst, and what it would look like to shed that angst. Imagine giving in to the terror of free falling. Imagine letting go. Imagine knowing you were falling to your death and enjoying the breeze on the way down. Imagine waking up. That is the dream.
Master of Film and Television (Narrative), 2018
Hannah Moore - Director / Editor
Jack Peddy - Cinematographer
Chelsea Crosby - Performer
Marco Cher-Gibrand - Composer
George McFarlane - Production Manager
Russel Frost - Rigger / stunt coordinator
Mahima Gadiyar - First AC
Willy Pleasance - Gaffer
Sarah Petrasiunas - Grip
Nathan James - Assistant rigger