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ESOTERICA is coming!

21 May

Dear reader(s),

A two and a half year journey is coming to a close.  As the title of this post suggests, ‘Esoterica’ is coming…well just what the hell is that?  Is it contagious, you ask?  We hope so.  Esoterica is the much anticipated second feature from Nakatomi Pictures.  Strictly speaking, it is a neo-noir thriller produced in the city of Perth, Western Australia.  The film follows sleazebag photographer Will Sutherland and his hooker and ex-flame, Nancy as they are drawn into a terrifying mystery of epic and nightmarish proportions.

It took me 20 minutes to write that last sentence, which must mean that I don’t want to give too much away OR that the film is more complex than that OR I have no idea what brevity means.  The film takes place in an indeterminate time and place (Mckee would hate that…so much).  A place filled with shadows, femmes fatale and all manner of noir archetypes.  Beyond the emotional story of the characters, it is our love letter to a genre that we hold very close to our hearts.

Esoterica is a film made from the dedication and passion of many people whose tireless efforts span the last 2 and a half years.  The film was shot all around our quiet city for five weeks in January of 2008.  A focused group of young filmmakers bounced around Perth leaving dried blood and several coke cans in their wake, all for the love of telling a rollicking screen yarn.

Once shooting was complete, so began a mammoth post process filled with more ups and downs than the craziest rollercoaster you’ve been on.  I won’t go into the process blow by blow because even at its most stressful, it was a pleasure and a joy.  Whenever things seemed hopeless I always said “I love this job OORAH!”…and that one is for my Jarhead peeps.  We are in the process of putting the finishing touches on the film and I wanted to take the opportunity to say thank you to all the cast, crew, supporters, family and friends who made this film a possibility.  I am in your debt.

So what is ‘Esoterica’?

Wouldn’t you like to know.

Sam Barrett

Director, Esoterica