Living Room Legend. (Diane Busuttil. Australia.) 5:30 min.
This short film was created in Essen Germany as part of an artist residency in 2007. It was made as an insert to the live theatre piece titled Living Room Legend. Busuttil drew inspiration from the mother character in the film ‘Requiem for a Dream’, she explores themes of loneliness, disillusionment and unfulfilled dreams; these themes are transformed into the character’s tumultuous journey through tragedy, sex and spaghetti.
The older woman lives a lonely reality that is distorted by her intake of prescription drugs and daily television consumption. Her mind is dulled by consumer messages and her reality becomes wrapped. The safety and intimacy that she feels with her friend the television allows her the possibility to escape into another world momentarily; a fantasy world of television genre that is much more exciting and colorful than her own domestic reality: a reality that is endless… just like 24 hour television.
Idea, Direction and Performance: Diane Busuttil
Camera: Andreas Liebmann
Editing: Bartholomew Sammut
Original Music: Laura Scarborough
Busuttil is a physical performer who trained as a dancer at the University of Western Sydney, Australia from 1992 to 1994, where she majored in dance on film. She has since danced, choreographed and taught her way all over the world performing and collaborating with a diverse range of artistic groups in the capacity of dancer, acrobat, teacher, choreographer, producer and director.
In 2000, she was awarded a DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) scholarship to study at The International Women’s University in Hanover and Bremen Germany. Since 2011, she is an artist mentor for DAAD Australia. She received her Iyengar Yoga teacher certificate in Pune, India.
Her solo performance works have been shown in Australia, UK, Amsterdam, Paris, New York and Chicago USA. Her films have screened in over twenty LGBT and women’s film festivals worldwide. Busuttil’s short film “Dirt and Desire” was Nominated for “preis der freunde der nationalegalerie für junge künst”and won the audience choice award at KurzFilmFunk Berlin. Super Power was voted ‘best of the fest’ by GO Magazine, NYC.