Timothy Spanos humorously explores the shift between the old and the new and invites the observer to join his characters on a somewhat philosophical journey, exploring the relationship between individual and environment, both politically and socially. Escapism is repeatedly communicated via a series of metaphorical play offs between each character, living on the fringes of a society that seems empty, seamless and at times futile. Choosing to avoid the clash between the Australian past and present, these colourful and instinctually basic characters depart from the mainstream and embark on their own self created journeys, seeking enlightenment through rebellion, discovery, freedom and independence.
Most prominently represented in Moonlight & Magic we follow two oddball characters on their search for a “new empire of thought”. This humorous observation delves into the chaotically emotional relationship between two individuals who cannot understand nor accept the socially indoctrinated purpose of contemporary Australian culture. Visually, Spanos atmospherically applies a series of selected colours to illuminate his films, presenting the Australian landscape as an innovatively rich kaleidoscopic backdrop. This creates a playfully vibrant stage by which these child like characters desperately clutch to their own particular social values and ideals, however curiously, timidly and apprehensively poking their heads into a new Australian culture.
Utilising black humour to investigate issues regarding contemporary Australian cultural ideas, Timothy Spanos draws from the past, comedically reflecting on and reviving the forgotten political and social milestones from the 70s and 80s. A somewhat nihilistic approach to current issues such as multiculturalism, feminism, indigenous culture and the excessive use of environmental resources creates a claustrophobic sense of regret, sadness and the need to repair and revive. A happy ending won’t be found in an external sense however, is revealed internally as each character resolves, concludes and assesses their own place in a changing world.
"The refreshing body of work by Timothy Spanos presents as a beautiful and honest, well crafted mix of prose and visual inspiration. This multiple award winning independent filmmaker is successfully able to write, direct, perform in, produce and edit by creating a significant feature film offering with safety, strength and trust for his staple ensemble cast and crew. As a professional actor of over 20 years, I know working with Tim that I will feel love and trusted. Tim is quite extraordinary. As an artist he stays true, clear and clever by way of his self financed films. Tim both emotionally and artistically successfully pays homage to the art form of storytelling."
Maxine Klibingaitis, Actor
Playboy (1996, 5 minutes, Super 8, mini DV)
(1996, 3 minutes, Super 8, mini DV)
Mink (1997, 28 minutes, Super 8)
(1997, 8 minutes, mini DV)
Lindy, White Lindy (1998, 12 minutes, mini DV/Super 8)
White Boat (1998, 5 minutes, Super 8)
Dickmuncher (2000, 7 minutes, 16mm)
(2000, 8 minutes, mini DV)
(2002, 10 minutes, mini DV)
You ... Plop! (2004, 5 minutes, HDV)
Queen (2004, 87 minutes, HDV)
(2006, 8 minutes, HDV)
Nancy (2006, 92 minutes, HDV)
& Magic (2007, 90 minutes, HDV)
Boys (2008, 90 minutes, HDV)
Boronia Backpackers (2012, 96 mins, HDV)
The House Cleaner (2013, 93 mins, HDV)
Sizzler ’77 (2014, 92 mins)
THE HOUSE CLEANER
Special Jury Prize 2013 - The Melbourne Underground Film Festival
Best Guerrilla Film 2011 - The Melbourne Underground Film Festival
Best Comedy Feature 2007 - The Atlanta Underground Film Festival
Best Supporting Female Actor, Maxine Klibingaitis - The Melbourne
Underground Film Festival
Best Horror Film - The Melbourne Fringe Film Festival 2000
Best Film - The Trasharama Film Festival 2001
LINDY, WHITE LINDY
Best Film - The Trasharama Film Festival 1999
& Magic review, Atlanta Underground Film Festival, Creative
& Magic review, Atlanta Underground Film Festival, Life
with Movies and Maxxxxx, 2007.
to Melbourne independent filmmakers index page
Timothy Spanos, March 2014.