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EVERYTHING STRANGE AND NEW
CineVision Award Munich Film Fest
FIPRESCI Prize San Francisco Intl Film Fest
"Everything Strange and New provides as close to a time-capsule record of this moment in time as a film can provide today, hitting so close to home that it could take years for audiences to fully appreciate it" -Variety
"It's refreshing to find a film that adheres to its own unique sensibility" -Hollywood Reporter
Recommended! "[Frazer] Bradshaw works with intent formal control" -NewCity Chicago
"Frazer Bradshaw makes an impressive feature debut with this small but knowing drama" -Chicago Reader
Everything Strange and New is a piercing, meditative film that raises uncomfortable questions about the broken promises of the American dream.
With a job, a wife, two kids, and a house, Wayne is living what some might call the American dream, but to him, it is more likes a nightmare. He is not happy with the demands of home life, (which also includes a faltering marriage, a submerged mortgage and fatherhood), but he is also not motivated to make any real changes, and sleepwalks through life, lamenting what could have been.
Writer-director Frazer Bradshaw, already an established cinematographer, emphasizes Wayne's trapped existence and addresses the universal concerns and questions of life through still shots of everyday life, friendship and family, as the edgy soundscape reflects Wayne's emotional state with a muted, experimental electro-acoustic score. As things change for others, Wayne's life takes emotional turns, which are sometimes subtle and sometimes violent but never enough to agitate him to take responsibility for his choices, as he longs for certainty in uncertain times. Bradshaw's feature debut chronicles a life that is in actuality neither strange nor new, and ponders a bewildered existence in which Wayne feels like a character in someone else's story.
Directed by Frazer Bradshaw, U.S.A., 2009, 84 mins.