Synopsis

Oil on Water is a beautiful, haunting story about a young creative couple, Max and Anna, whose life together begins to spiral out of control when Max starts experiencing strange symptoms that he cannot explain to himself, or share with Anna.

When Anna first meets Max, she is a young journalist and he is an intriguing and slightly eccentric artist. Deserted by her father as a young child, Anna allows herself to fall in love with Max, and to abandon herself, in trust, to a future with him.

Bound to Max by love and art, Anna is at first confused, and then increasingly desperate when Max begins an emotional withdrawal from her and the life they have shared up until this time.

When these 'symptoms' begin to manifest in other strange and often bizarre ways - and finally Max's art - it leads to Anna's utter despair and to her having to confront her fear that their relationship will not survive the change, or that she will be able to reconnect with Max again. She moves from being a woman content with the way things are, to utter hopelessness in the face of incomprehensible change. And then to a deep sense of loss of her life and everything that she knows.

The alteration in Max is mirrored in the unravelling of Anna and is given a voice through Anna's writing, which evolves over the five month time period in which this transformation occurs.

Oil on Water is a visually evocative film depicting the raw humanity of two people trying to hold onto a life that's falling apart. It digs deep into the complex issues of life and love, art and reality, and manifests what it means to live in ignorance and in denial. And, ultimately with regret.

Oil on Water is a rich film-making tapestry, complexly layered and textured with exquisite cinematography, strong emotions and psychological drama. It stars Bianca Lishansky and StJohn Alexander, who head a cast that includes Neil Coppen, Liam Mogner, Nadia Geyser, Nina Gave and Gregg Bright.

A creative masterpiece, Oil on Water is the collaberative effort of a passionate production team and crew, including Writer and Producer Elle Matthews, Director Peter Matthews, Cinematographer Eran Tahor, Production Designer Guildford Grace, Editor Andrew Cassells and music by Stuart Scott.