Ball and Chain
Synopsis: Jean, a reclusive housewife trapped in the prison of a dreary suburban existence, begins to descend into madness. When she suspects that her husband Michael may be a serial killer, she must decide whether to let sleeping dogs lie… or question the very reality of her existence.
Evan Williams (Michael)
Kate Elder (Lucy)
‘Ball and Chain’ presented an opportunity to specialise and experiment with a restricted dynamic of characters and space. For a film to focus on two people in the one location is something I feel is very challenging for young filmmakers in a narrative sense. Each aspect of the characters’ journeys needs to be crafted and directed so deliberately in order to create the gravitas that makes a film worth watching. I wanted the viewer to be drawn into a world so aesthetically familiar that the devil in the details would interrogate the human tendency to ignore what lies beneath the surface of people living right next door to them.
Sebastian Howard is a non-binary filmmaker working and creating in Perth, WA. They have religiously watched movies and thought about making them their whole life. Graduating from Screen Arts at Curtin in 2020, they poured oodles of passion for all kinds of cinema into the making of their final year project. They thrive on the energy of film sets and want nothing more than to continue thriving off them for the rest of their life.