MILES BETWEEN US
OVER BLACK we hear SOFT CRASHING WAVES and TWO TEENAGE BOYS LAUGHING.
My mother died when I was fifteen.
No warning. But not me, no. Here
I am, dying. But no-one will ever
know that. I'm gone soon enough,
so... What is the point of all this?
SOUND builds to an unbearable rising tension. And then --
EXT. UNDERWATER, OCEAN - DAY
A BOY (17) falls gracefully into water in SLOW-MOTION.
EXT. REMOTE BEACH - DAY (FLASHBACK)
SILENCE. The longest beach we can imagine, clouds pregnant with rain. Harsh winds blow sheets of sand onto land. In the distance, TWO SHIRTLESS TEENAGE BOYS (17) walk out to the water. The only people there.
A face fills the screen. MICHAEL CALLAHAN, the taller of the two, looks back to his friend, EDWARD. Both look out cautiously to the watery void.
Life is a Journey
The fractured lives of four families intersect over one fateful day
sending them on a journey with catastrophic consequences.
In Miles Between Us, the sinful pasts of six individuals are exposed as they are thrust into parallel experiences with catastrophic consequences. Deep thematic links bind stories together, culminating in a final moment that leaves lasting and tragic ripples in their lives. In this intimateAustralian story, a looming thunderstorm serves as a thematic charge between interconnected stories of death, grief, love and loyalty.
Inspired by Paul Thomas Anderson, Ben Lawrence and Xavier Dolan, I have always been drawn to exploring complex relationships and contemporary society through an introspective and intimate lens. Miles Between Us expands on my previous works, both in tone and characters, building a tapestry of characters in search of happiness, forgiveness and purpose.
As in life, there are no heroes or villains... A dying author must confront his murderous past, a widowed mother must learn to move on, an adulterous wife must overcome her insecurities, an uncompromising politician must choose between career or family, and two young lovers deal with their failed relationship in opposing ways.
A complex web emerges as their relationships with family, friends, and themselves are all tested. Why do we hurt those we love? How do we overcome grief? Who are we beneath the surface? Universal ideas, each individual offering a uniquelypersonal answer.
Miles Between Us aims to reflect that despite our diverse backgrounds, social status or sexuality, we all share similar experiences; an idea that feels all too relevant in our contemporary interconnected lives.