The films of Bill Mousoulis
(1984, 10 mins, Super-8, color, sound on film)
Written by Bill Mousoulis and Mary Mousoulis
Featuring: George Goularas, Jerry Goularas, Mary Mousoulis.
Genre: narrative drama / parody
Available on DVD for purchase as part of
or as part of Super Dreams
Synopsis: A teenager living in suburbia finds a jewellery-case and it changes his life. A tribute to Spielberg and E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial.
Extended synopsis: A jewellery-box literally jumps in front of a teenage boy's path. Perplexed, he gives it to his brother who is mysteriously attracted to the box. After awhile, it dawns on him that he has an obligation to the box, and he follows it through, accompanied by John Williams' orchestral music.
Screenings: 18, including: 5th Sydney Super-8 Film Festival, Nov 1984; Fringe Film and Video Festival, Sep 1984; Fringe Open Screening, Mar 1984; also on tour through American cities, Feb 1986 (four screenings, including at the Montreal International Super-8 Film Festival).
the way in which films that play on parody or farce get the strongest
response from the audience and I find it somewhat alarming since it means
that those films that aren't farcical or parodic, those films whose irony
is very subtle or ambiguous, an irony in the tone of whimsey, are often
condemned to a John Waters like element of farce, and I'm particularly
thinking of those two extraordinary films by Bill Mousoulis, Dreams
Never End and J.C.: The Jewellery-Case."
"A strange film
in its ideas, but competently put together and filmed."
- in Top Ten Super-8 Films of 1986 (sic), Matthew Rees, Super-8 Yearbook, Feb 1987.