A little bit disturbing, a little bit funny and a little bit poetic, Home Town by Heath Franco is an original and reflective audiovisual piece that exposes the lunacy of life.
Using raw footage of the beautiful Australian landscape, Franco portrays eccentrics from his hometown of Berridale with comic dialogue and costuming. The characters of Franco’s imagination preen and pose for the camera like video game characters, transforming into rocks, camouflaging into trees and disappearing through portals.
The artistic piece offers an unconventional insight into how our manic society tries to understand its foundations and make meaning of life.
Seeing these quirky characters in the setting of Australian bushland, through stunning landscape shots, paired with the evocative soundtrack composed by Franco is a unique experience.
Home Town speaks to the viewer about how returning to home makes us realise its strangeness, yet appreciate the underlying beauty. (SOC)
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BY SHAUNA O’CARROLL