The films of Bill Mousoulis
(1997, 78 mins, 16mm, color, sound on film)
DOP: Kattina Bowell Prod. Designer: Danica D.B.
Walker, Ian Dixon,
Genre: narrative drama / diary.
Synopsis: A diary film, chronicling six days in the life of a woman in her early 30's. A portrait of isolation, striving, rejection and hope.
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Screenings: 4, including: Melbourne International Film Festival, July 1997; Fringe Arts Festival, Oct 1997.
character study of a woman living in inner-city Melbourne. My Blessings
follows film-maker Jane Friedman over the course of six days, illuminating
her thoughts and feelings by making use of a voice-over that corresponds
with her diary entries. This intriguing feature eschews 90's stylised
cinema in favour of a low-key, realist approach. Genuine independent film-making
that recalls the minimalist, austere dramas of Robert Bresson."
most persistent independent film-maker and Super-8 superstar Bill Mousoulis
premieres his new, and first, 16mm feature My Blessings at this
year's Melbourne International Film Festival. The festival advance publicity
describes the film as "Genuinely independent film-making that recalls
the minimalist, austere dramas of Robert Bresson". Of course, we expected
(one of 10 films chosen) My Blessings: the ultimate in diaristic,
"no budget" cinema from one of our most committed independent film-makers,
"Two modest Australian
films diarmed me with their bold, plaintive simplicity: Anna Kannava's
The Butler ... and My Blessings, Bill Mousoulis' ultra-minimal,
mock "diary" of an independent film-maker living in Fitzroy."
in the raw, My Blessings is ugly, melancholic and claustrophobically
sparse, at the same time it's disarming voyeuristic pleasure .... The
director has cast a woman as his alter ego ..... The lead character's
language is especially masculine, not only in syntax but in the words
used and also the thoughts behind those words .... The film is emotionally
and artistically rich, almost to the point of obsession .... The contradictions
implicit in the film are its strength."