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Makes Me Stronger
(1996, 8 mins, Super-8, color, sound on film)

DOP: Mark C. Zenner

Featuring: Bill Mousoulis (and V/O)

Genre: narrative drama / diary

Synopsis: A short fiction in the mode of a 'diary', a film-maker's thoughts and feelings regarding his failure to obtain funding for his films.

Available on DVD for purchase as part of

The Films of Bill Mousoulis
Vol 9 1994 - 96


Creative synopsis: Naked. High Hopes. Bleak Moments. Life is Sweet.

Screenings: 5, including: Melbourne International Film Festival (selected, but withdrawn by me - see catalogue entry below), Aug 1996; Naked 8, 9th Melbourne Super-8 Film Festival, Oct 1996.

"A dark comedy with Bill Mousoulis as a whining effete film-maker who is trying to reconcile his feelings of envy for his more successful peers. Suffering funding knock-backs and personal rejection he grasps the nettle with insights like "oh well". Bitter that his great artistic vision "I am Rossellini and 70's TV" has not caught on, he is left to lament that he didn't really want to be famous anyway. Besides, failure Makes Me Stronger. A courageous and confronting comedy. Well I think it's a comedy."       
                                             - Sean Cousins, MIFF program notes, July 1996.