Wednesday, September 20, 2006

THE TREEHOUSE by another name

They knocked on the front door last week
5 young people, 20'ish most of them
They were students at Melbourne University
Film school
Hearing of a lemon tree that was somewhat famous
It fitted nicely in their latest film
A story of a small child visiting her Grandmother

A story of a Magical Tree
A small child anxious to sample some of this magic
A grandmother anxious to talk and take afternoon tea with a rarely seen child
A grandmother who only allowed the child to
look through the lace cutains ,
until the tea and the lemonade was finished
Then the garden could be accessed through the
large kitchen doors

I will not spoil the story
except to say that filming is a gruelling profession
Taking 10 hours to film this short excerpt.

I am left exhausted with visions of this
small 5 yr old lying on the damp grass
under the aging lemon tree
Looking up in wonderment
Climbing among its gnarled limbs
smelling its sweet blossom
And of course picking its abundant crop.

Sound engineers,camera crew,make up artists
and a director
Then at night the family coming to pick up
their young offspring others to pick up the 20 yr olds
I play a very small part in the film
JUST my feet and apron ....wait for this
As The Grandmother...as I was the only one there
with grey hair and an old fashioned house and an aging lemon tree

Now to those young filmakers the 1960's is the past
This era was the olden times
This was the time they were trying to re create
The 1960's was to them " The Good Times"
I did not agree or disagree
All I can say I was part of their magic
and I shall with the help of Le Enchanteur
put some of it on the site at the end of the year.
The film is judged for their end of year as part of a 3 film set.
.In December as their films are reviewed I will be in attendence at the University....as a guest
not the star of the film
I think this will go to the small child with the look of wonderment on her face as she lay on the damp grass under the aging lemon tree

Lois(Muse of the Sea) 21.9.06