For our 46th instalment, we got in touch with Madeline Clayton, an Australian director, living in Brooklyn NYC.
Below are Madeline’s selects and what she had to say:
I fell in love with movies because, for years, it was the only way I was able to cry. I’ve fixed that now… but I think that’s the power of a good story. To make you feel something. I’m honoured to share some selected pieces which have deeply moved me to laughter or tears. Or both!
It’s perfectly orchestrated chaos. Impeccable writing. Wonderfully executed. Dogme at its finest. Melodramatic, sure. But a gut punch. And a wild backstory if you feel like knowing it, buy the criterion blu-ray for all the behind-the-scenes interviews.
Gena Rowlands gives a WILD performance as an LA housewife suffering a mental breakdown and I love every second of this film.
Masterful. Restrained. Hypnotic. Superb across the board from performance, cinematography, and editing. Despite the soundtrack being retro-fit post its release, it’s incredible how well it works too. A harrowing film that taught me a lot about craft. And eyelines.
A concept so simple, yet so tenderly told, it brought me to tears when I first watched it because it reminded me of how precious life is. I’m also a massive The National fan, I’ve always believed that sad music makes sad people happy. So it makes sense that a sad music video makes a sad person happy, too.
I love everything about the Haycock and Florence collaboration. Packed with so much visual poetry. I return to this film a lot, especially to be hypnotized by the way Florence expresses herself through movement.
What’s not to love about a music video made up of a bunch of badass bitches and burnouts?
Sure he’s my husband, but I’m also a genuine fan of his work. I saw the blood, sweat and tears Jared put into this. And they were all worth it because this film uses restraint, sound, visual poetry and performance to cultivate a feeling that no child should ever have to feel. And if you haven’t seen it, put some headphones on and close the door. It’s one you want to watch alone.
If you’re a Taika Waititi fan, then add this to your watchlist. It’ll make you laugh, then cry. Which in my opinion is possibly the best combo. There’s nothing I love more than feeling the hair stand up on the back of my neck. And this 4-minute short film does that – which is a crazy feat!
It’s the ending that does it for me. I love a good tale of an inanimate object that possesses human-like emotions. It holds up a mirror to see what we, as humans, care about.