Age (Xavier Samuel from September and Newcastle) has just hitchhiked into Melbourne with one suitcase, a book full of poems and the phone number of a girl he has never met. Over the next 48 hours Age awkwardly immerses himself in the hip counter-culture world of inner city Melbourne but his shyness and passivity prevent him from ever connecting with anybody.
Shot over three years on a budget of AU$8,000, Further We Searchcaptures the true spirit of independent filmmaking. Its loose narrative, naturalistic dialogue and cast of mostly unknown actors evoke the films of John Cassavetes, although writer/director/producer Darius Devas opts for a more impressionistic cinematography style making Further We Search a beautiful film to look at. Filled with atmospheric scenes depicting Melbourne’s alleyways, share-houses and nightspots, Further We Search depicts Melbourne’s young bohemian lifestyle from the point-of-view of Age, an outsider. Devas successfully captures the appeal of this world while also subtly exposing the insecurities behind it. Everybody in Further We Searched seems to be so intent on living in the moment that they’ve not given any thought to what happens next and this is something that deep down worries them all. All this is expressed simply through silences, glances and nervous conversation.
Further We Search is a breath of fresh air in the independent Australian filmmaking scene and establishes Devas as talent to look out for in the future.
Asked: What is that last screencap from? I couldn’t find anything on his IMDb page.
This screencap is from an independent drama by Darius Devas called Further We Search, which “tells the story of a young man’s journey to a new city as he tries to find his place. The film follows his encounters and the dynamics of the relationships that unfold as he searches for a sense of connection. It is a subtle exploration of an inner journey to find meaning and the interactions along the way” - starring Xavier, Mark Leonard Winter, Caitlin Valentine, Faustina Delany, Thomas Henning and Alison Bell. It seems there was at least one screening in Melbourne in October of 2009, and the movie possibly even had a limited release to DVD, but I’ve never found a place to buy it. I’ve posted a few other things (screencaps, a trailer) regarding Further We Search, but there’s very little information about it. However, there is a second trailer I’ll post shortly.