You’ve never seen a film quite like The Plains, though you may have experienced it outside the confines of a cinema: Australian director David Easteal’s astonishing docu-fiction hybrid builds an immersive three-hour epic from a premise as ordinary as the daily commute.
Every day, middle-aged legal worker Andrew (Andrew Rakowski) leaves his office at 5pm for the peak-hour drive home through outer Melbourne; some days, his younger colleague David (Easteal himself) joins him. The men are friendly but not exactly friends, and their conversation across tangled highways reveals more of themselves — and of the male condition — than either realises. With the camera never leaving the car’s back seat, Easteal has made one of the great, audacious modern road movies, a film about highly specific, magnified suburban lives that is also, on some level, about us all.
Sunday, 6 November 2022 - 12:00pm @ Queen's Film Theatre