‘Anticipation’ builds for blind director’s first film

Filmmaker Peter Renzullo. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d494461
Filmmaker Peter Renzullo. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d494461

LEGALLY blind filmmaker Peter Renzullo has explored the struggles faced by musicians in his first film, Anticipation.

The Bassendean resident, 37, who has three per cent left of his central vision, spent 18 months writing, producing, shooting, editing and composing music for the film.

The film is based on a Perth musician called Lenny, who is struggling to make a name for himself while struggling with social anxiety.

Renzullo shot most of the scenes in Bassendean and surrounding suburbs with his Blackmagic Production Camera, which has focus guides that light up areas of the image in bright green.

Peter Renzullo. Picture: David Baylis

Having been in the music industry for more than 20 years, Renzullo said he drew from experiences of artists he worked with in his home studio.

“I had artists come in here and I’ve seen very common things in their personalities and a lot of them have social anxiety, so they are scared about being in front of crowds or being in the centre of attention,” he said.

“But as artists you’d want to perform, so it is a strange thing to me to see them in those environments; I found that quite interesting.

“The biggest obstacle in your life is yourself – that is the running theme of the film.

“It is about trying to realise that the situation is not other things happening to you, it is you causing it.”

WATCH: Anticipation official trailer (Warning: strong language)

Renzullo said he completed a script for another film and was working on several others.

His goal was to focus less on visual effects and more on storytelling.

Anticipation will be premiered on August 11 at Event Cinemas in Whitfords.

The first screening has sold out but people can still book tickets for the second session at Trybooking.

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