Watch The Sunset at Revelation Perth International Film Festival


Tristan Barr and Aaron Walton in Watch The Sunset.
Tristan Barr and Aaron Walton in Watch The Sunset.

IT may be mere hours before their film has its world premiere, but you would never know to look at director Tristan Barr and actor Aaron Walton.

Perched on stools outside a Leederville caf, just down the street from where Watch The Sunset will screen publicly for the first time tonight at Luna Cinemas as part of Revelation Perth International Film Festival, the pair appear surprisingly relaxed.

The film comes with notable buzz, with the technical achievement of being filmed entirely in one take.

It follows ex-con Danny (Tristan Barr) who has betrayed his gang and is targeted by Shane (Aaron Walton), who also had Danny’s family in his sights.

When asked about the screening, Barr admitted he was anxious, and joked he may change the film depending on audience reactions.

“It’s the first time I’ll see it on the big screen,” he said.

“I’ve seen it in a colour grading room, but actually seeing it in the cinema, this will be the first time.

“It’s a great festival to premiere at because it doesn’t suit those commercial festivals, but its not incredibly indie that you need to watch it in an underground cave.

“For me, I might be changing the film after this screening.”

Walton could not wait to see the final product.

“I’m pumped, I’m really excited; its been so long now that it would be nice to touch base with that world again and see the final product,’ he said.

“I’m cautiously optimistic.”

Barr has mastered the art of concealing his anxiety, not letting on the fear in the early days of filming that he may not have been able to pull it off.

“It is more complicated than filming it traditionally, there’s more of a risk,” he said.

“I didn’t tell these guys, but the first few days we did not get the take.

“I was very nervous that it wasn’t going to happen and I’d pulled all these people out to a regional town.

“It (eventually) came off a few times but then it was a choice to which one to choose and we went with the fifth day take.”

Walton said he had no idea Barr encountered speed bumps at the beginning.

“I was really confident and in confident hands,” he said.

“Other films I have worked on, so much can go wrong, but here I felt like it wasn’t things going wrong it was ‘here is the problem for us to solve, what can we do?’”

“It was a can-do attitude.”

Barr said he chose the one-take style because he wanted to immerse the audience in the story.

“I wanted long takes in it because I felt if we cut scenes together, it might make it a bit more formulaic and I wanted a film like the film Elephant, where you are a fly on the wall or hovering with the characters,” he said.

“Then it was decided to film the whole thing and that was a bold conversation but it ended up happening.”

For more information, go to www.revelationfilmfest.org.