Making Occupation: Filmmaker Robin Summons writes about his gripping new short

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Robin Summons on the set of Occupation

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Cinema Australia is proud to stream Robin Summons’ Occupation – a new short film about a therapist who is unable to leave her workplace where she helps abusive men.

Here, Summons writes exclusively for Cinema Australia about the making of his gripping, thought-provoking film.

Article by Robin Summons

Independent films commonly stem from a filmmaker’s concerns and obsessions. They can also be dictated by the filmmakers most recent output. The filmmaker may want to explore something completely different, ashamed of their last film or simply bored with a subject and approach. They might want to hone in further on a theme, kind of character, world, or technique. Occupation was very much a reaction to the last film I’d made.

Having most recently made…

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The Ultra Vivid Lament- Manic Street Preachers

Please check out my friend’s thoughts on MSP’s new album


Sail into the abyss with me…

Nearly thirty years on from receiving a perplexing cassette containing songs about ‘neon loneliness’, high street banks and packed with thrilling riffs, I still get goosebumps when Manic Street Preachers release a new album. I can trace my life through their records- it seems there was never a time when they weren’t there- like David Attenborough or Paul McCartney. They’re an institution then, but one that still turns up with lipstick smeared and tie askew. The disgraceful uncles.

But that’s not quite true is it? It was probably just about correct until the mid-nineties when they became, as a creative force, statelier, more considered. Nicky Wire still had an acidic tongue, and the riffs at times still had the power to give you whiplash, but that became the exception rather than usual business. They elevated themselves into the room with those whose stock and…

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Impossible To Imagine (2019)

Here’s a lovely review from Chris Watt, who reviewed my short film “Silence” many years ago. This is for a film I produced, “Impossible to Imagine”


The notion of progress grating against tradition is at the heart of writer/director Felicity Tillack’s debut feature film, Impossible To Imagine.

It’s a gentle film, with a bittersweet undercurrent, that carefully crafts a love story about two complete opposites, Ami, played with a quiet tenderness and longing by Yukiko Ito , and Hayato, a charismatic, well-judged turn from William Yagi.

Ami runs her family’s kimono shop, in a working class area of Kyoto, where she also lives with her father (Kazuya Moriyama.) It’s a neighbourhood on the verge of being forgotten (even the school is closed) and you get the sense that time has stood still for this family, since the departure of the mother. Time is a factor in every element of life here. From the pace of the traditional tea ceremony, to the lack of business that threatens to see the family shop closed down, Ami finds…

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