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Butterfly Man

Samantha Rebillet

This six-minute documentary is a portrait of the intriguing Don Herbison-Evans, who is fascinated with butterflies. He not only collects them, but he also has a very interesting relation with them. Which of course tells us a lot about him, too. ‘I like sending them straight to paradise,’ says Don, describing the process of dying of this cold-blooded insect who is best left to fall asleep in a refrigerator and thus... go. Besides a passion for butterflies, he has also discovered a passion for dance in his relatively advanced age. Thus, next to numerous sorts of butterflies, one can also find dancing trophies on the walls and shelves of his house. ‘Costumes and the atmosphere of competition give me wings; on a dance-floor, I am like a butterfly!’ says Herbison-Evans.

Samantha Rebillet

Samantha Rebillet started her film career in front of camera, as an actress in a few recognized Australian films and series. In her early twenties, she assisted to directors Mark Joffe and Alex Proyas. Then she moved on and started directing her own works – first video clips and then short films like ‘The Birthday’ (2002), awarded at Sydney Film Festival, or ‘All Shook Up’ (2003), which made it to the finals at Tropfest.

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Butterfly Man

2004, 6', color, video

Directed by:
Samantha Rebillet

Screenplay by:
Samantha Rebillet

Simon Gray

Edited by:
Rolmar Baldonado

Jessica Wells

Justin Davies

Produced by:
Australian Film, TV & Radio School