Love Road (Australia | 2017, 3 min)

Directed by: Mathilde Nocquet

Cast: Caitlin Burley, Baylee Ardnt

It’s 1959. During a high school prom night, two teenagers leave the party to hang out in a car. They will face one of the most important experiences of their young life: making love for the first time. Suddenly, they are shot off to a wacky world and will ride on the road of love!

Interview:

Mathilde Nocquet is a French film director who has worked with prestigious brands such as Lacoste and L'Oreal. In 2016, she moved to Sydney and started her first Australian project with a bang! MIDNIGHT WALK is a dark-comedy short film that won numerous awards and has been acclaimed all over the world. LOVE ROAD promises to be her new big hit with its sassy humous and its high standing art direction.

Interview conducted by Lucie Guillemot, Super Short Film Curator.

Q: CONGRATULATIONS FOR BEING ACCEPTED TO NYC INDIE FILM FESTIVAL. CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE FILM AND THE PROCESS OF FILMING IT?
This short film comes from my love for the fifties and old American movies. I was always fascinated about the directors at that time who were able to talk about sexuality without showing it like the famous scene from North by Northwest when the train enters in the tunnel. For the short film, I was amused by the challenge of talking about teenagers making love without showing the sex scene. The short film was shot in Australia where are used to live during 3 years. It was a very fun shoot. All the crew were always laughing about my crazy ideas to symbolize sexual interactions.

Q: TELL US A BIT MORE ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND. WHAT WAS YOUR FILM EDUCATION / WHERE DID YOU STUDY?
I studied in Paris. I’m a big fan of Hitchcock’s movies that I used to watch again and again.

Q: WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
Hard to say. I think I develop certain obsessions and then I try to make a film about it like my obsession for the sex scenes in Fifties’s movies.

Q: HOW IMPORTANT ARE FILM FESTIVALS? DO YOU THINK THEY HELP SUPPORTING FILMMAKERS?
Of Course. Especially when it concerns short films which is for me the form of films where filmmakers are the most free.

Q: DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE ON HOW TO SUCCEED?
Writing! Writing! Writing! It’s the only way to make films. You have to be proactive. If you wait for someone to give you a project, you are lost because no one will do that. You have to create your own luck!

Q: WHY SHOULD PEOPLE SEE YOUR FILM?
Unfortunately, I cannot come as I’m working on my next project. But I think people will enjoy watching the short film because it talks about the first time you make love and everyone experiences it. And it’s fun!

Love Road is an Official Selection of the 2018 NYC Independent Film Festival.