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Short film 1992 - Reality Unfastened


Lance Bowes

In 1992...

I was living in Sydney. It was my first time there. I would be living in Melbourne by years end, but while there, made a short film with friends that I had made overseas, while living in London. A part of my backpacking years.

This is the result.

Technically, pre-digital era, it was still difficult to make a film outside some sort of film school, or production company. Kudos to anyone who has made a film, especially then.

There's some behind the scenes footage which
demonstrates that we had a lot of fun making it.
Shot over a period of a few days. There was a lot of alcohol at night and some drama in trying to get it made.

The lead actor was having liaisons with his female co-star, I believe, though was in a relationship. It caused some problems as you can imagine. Especially as I was living with him and his girlfriend at the time!

There's a shot of me saying to camera, 'its impossible to make this film.' I was joking but I can see that I was a bit stressed.

Mostly though, good memories, and it's still dramatically interesting to see a person's life unravel.

Filmed in Neutral Bay, Cremorne Point, North Sydney, Sydney CBD including George Street, Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Kings Cross.

What's in a name?

And finally, for the record, if you've watched it and seen the credits, 
my name was Tony Sidebottom then. 
I officially changed it to Langford in 1994. 

Long story made short, a convict named William Langford kept his mother's maiden name after completely his seven year sentence to make a fresh start in 1833. The name was Sidebottom. His crime... stealing a watch.

None of my other family made the switch, though my late grandfather was keen on it. My daughter is a Langford. We're the only ones.

I hope you got something out of the film. I have one more from the vault (plus one from this year, 2018), that I will upload in future.


Coming soon,

Some good publishing news

Plus more poetry and videos and....

He watched her...

Tainted Global Footprints

He stands at the edge
Of the periphery
Barely out of view
Yet able to see all
Especially what he is
Not a part of.

With smooth blonde locks
She parades without an awkward pose
Advertises, without an unflattering angle
Yet not aware of the intrinsic
Individualistic nature
Of the audience.

Only that they are there
And they will always be there
At least,
So she believes
In this moment.

One receives little
Observes the panorama
Bleeds the spectrum.

The other takes all
Aware of shreds only
And not the bloody trail
Least of all,
The cost of the human footprint.    



More Poetry and 

Next week - the never Before Seen Film, Reality UnFastened. 
A young man unravels, Fast.

A new video meditation on 'those firsts of everything'

I could preface it, but it's short so better to simply watch.

Through their Eyes

Coming Soon,

My rather weird 1992 Short Film about a man who loses his grip, Reality Unfastened... never seen publicly.

More Videos

My encounter with 'The Happytime Murders' Director

My Point One Five seconds of Fame

Living the Sci - Fi Dream

(or in this case... snooze)

In 2003, I partook in some extra work in Sydney. I signed up to an agency. Mostly I was unavailable because of my day job, but I did do a couple of gigs.

I'm directly behind the guy in spa

Being a sci-fi head, and Farscape fan, when this opportunity surfaced, I jumped at it. The movie was really a three hour mini-series, designed to finish up the series. The role was an alien priest. It was two days work, approximately fourteen hours a day. It took almost two hours in the makeup chair of an early morning. Now I know what that feels like!

I'm far Left - next to Claudia Black (sorta)

I got to watch most of the actors do their thing, as well as some special effects (the face splitting open scene) up close. 

My only regret was not seeing the sexy Gigi Edgley (Chiana) and the very cool Anthony Simcoe (D'argo).


I'm bottom right

Approximately a year earlier I was working at Channel 10 and went with Angela Bishop to do a story on the sudden cancellation of Farscape. The entire series was shot in Sydney. They were already in the process of destroying the sets. It was very sad. If only they could have donated those sets, someone would have taken them, I'm sure. 
I assume they later had to rebuild many of them again for the movie. It was also shot at the same location.


     In this shot I was supposed to be looking straight ahead - doh! I was so caught up in it, and wanting to be a part of it, that I couldn't help myself. I can only imagine the director Brian Henson getting into the edit suite some weeks, or even months later, and saying, Why is that fucking extra looking at the actor? Ahhhh. 

Ha ha Even now, I look to the extras in films and see if they're looking where they shouldn't be. Sometimes you do see them mucking up. And I was one of them. Tsk. Tsk.

'What is that extra doing? Ahhhh!'
Brian in 2017

Highlight? Being directed by Brian Henson, son of Jim (as opposed to the third assistant director who usually bosses the extras around). 'You! Move left. Whoa. Stop! Done.' True.

Hahaha classic. I can die in self-satisfied peace. Sorta. As Brando said, 'I coulda been a contender.'