"The film was shot almost entirely in daylight on location. The intention was to create something raw and honest with this combination of natural lighting and location choice."
SKEWWHIFF is a short film written and directed by Robin Summons. It is the first production from short film streaming platform Exile Shorts.
SKEWWHIFF was shot on location in Bendigo, Victoria, over 2 days. The choice of location was a vital piece of pre-production given the film takes place in one location. Many days went into scouting locations across the state and choosing a car wash that needed to fulfill many criteria.
The film was shot in 4:3 or ‘Academy Ratio’ to enhance the documentary feel of the film and make this location feel both intimate and claustrophobic.
We chose to shoot in the middle of winter in order to create the soft lighting that was necessary for the film’s imagery. The film was shot almost entirely in daylight on location. The intention was to create something raw and honest with this combination of natural lighting and location choice.
That lead to extremely cold temperatures (by Australia’s standards) and it was testament to the cast and crews’ work ethic that it did not deter them from their work.
The performance of the two lead actors is proof of the mastery of their craft. For Chris Haywood (Bill), his ability to conceal his character’s feelings created a sense of tension in scenes with his unknowing wife. Kaarin Fairfax (Rae) had the difficult task of entering the mind and body of a woman suffering from dementia, a feat she achieved by bringing naturalism to the performance.
SKEWWHIFF is being submitted to international festivals before it is released worldwide on Exile Shorts in late 2019.