‘Salt’ is the story of award winning and internationally renowned photo-artist, Murray Fredericks on his annual solo pilgrimage to the heart of Lake Eyre in the remote north corner of South Australia. It is a piece on the personal journey of the artist, the creative process and the landscape itself. Alone on the most featureless landscape on earth, Murray’s personal video diary captures the beauty of this bleak, empty and desolate environment – and provides the catalyst for an unexpected personal transformation. By combining the breathtaking imagery of this surreal landscape with the hauntingly delicate sounds of Aajinta’s ‘Harmonic Spheres’, ‘Salt’ attempts to identify what lies beneath the surface of our reality and how ‘something’ can be pro- duced from ‘nothing’.
Michael Angus launched his career as a documentary film maker spending 4 years recording world champion boxer Danny Green’s journey from obscurity to sporting hero in ‘The Fight Game’. Following the success of the Fight Game, he was commissioned by the ABC to write and direct the documentary ‘Ooldea’. ‘Salt’ is Michael’s 3rd major documentary project and first as producer/director.
Murray Fredericks is photographer and cinematographer. His major bodies of work as a photographer have been produced in the Himalayas, Patagonia, Tasmania and Lake Eyre. ‘Salt’ is Murray’s first project as a cinematographer and director.
2009, 28', color, video
Ingunn Jordansen, Lindi Harrison
Jason Day, Michelle John, Dean Frenkel
Festivals & Awards:
Plus Camerimage 2009 - Grand Prix; Melbourne International Film Festival 2009 - Erwin Rado Award- Best Australian Short Film; Atlanta Film Festival 2009 - Best Documentary Short; AFI Silverdocs Documentary Festival 2009 - Special Jury Award