Respite feeds blind man's sleeping addiction
Kristina Chapman | On 15, Aug 2013
Respite follows the story of Dominic, a blind man suffering depression and insomnia.
However, when he finally dreams for the first time, he can see everything and becomes addicted to sleeping pills.
Writer-director Jason Fitzgerald said the idea â€˜poppedâ€™ in his head one day and wouldnâ€™t go away.
â€œI remember toying with the visuals of Dominicâ€™s nightmares and dreams early on and developing the story from there,â€ he said.
To help authenticate the script, Vision Australia has introduced an orthoptist and blind man, Jack Murphy, to Jason.
Jack is somewhat like a script consultant, but often goes above and beyond that title.
â€œJust recently actually, [Jack] took Will out on a blind expedition to help him learn what it was like,” Jason said.
The concept of a blind man seeing in his dreams is so unique, Jason intends to shoot Respite as a â€œsort of audio-visual poem.â€
â€œThe film will comprise of Dominicâ€™s stark, grey reality from which heâ€™s trying to escape, vivid and wondrous dreamscapes, and the frenzied nightmares that he must suffer through in order to dream,â€ Jason said.
Will Kelly will be playing the role of Dominic.
â€œHeâ€™s going a little bit method in his preparation for portraying a blind man, which is quite entertaining,â€ Jason said.
Jason is excited to film; there are certain scenes that are more involved that he cannot wait to bring to life.
â€œIâ€™m not really dreading anything,â€ he said.
â€œThereâ€™s a whole bunch of running through the forest at night using only a torchlight; that will be a bit scary.â€
DirectorÂ Jason Fitzgerald
ProducersÂ Peter Rouse and Jason Fitzgerald
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