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Departure (2009)

Tagline:
The hardest choice Dante ever faced was letting go of death
Synopsis:
Dante made his fatal decision. But instead of deathly oblivion, he finds himself in a strange place of limbo. Is this the afterlife or a coma? Either way, he must choose once and for all. To embrace life... or death.
Departure (2009)

Dante is dying. His heart murmurs it's last gulps of life force, the darkness already beginning to envelope him. A female figure stands above him… an hallucination, surely… the blackness closes in… the end of everything swallows him.

He awakes, as if from a dream. This was supposed to be the end. Instead, Dante finds himself in some kind of Limbo. Joined by a shadowy figure, a quiet and dark angel who acts as a guide and confidante, they traverse this nowhere-place. For Dante needs to decide once and for all if death is really his final choice.

And time is running out.

'Departure' is an apt moniker for this particular film, as it marks a very significant change in approach and tone for Spiderhouse. A somber, philosophical and esoteric piece, Departure is not for everyone, but it's hypnotic and emotional mood should make it a refreshingly serious curio for the receptive viewer.


Overview

Director(s):
Dan Chapman
Writer:
Dan Chapman
Completed:
Tuesday October 20th 2009 (UK)
Genre:
  • Drama
  • Experimental
  • Surreal

Cast (in credits order)

    • Craig Rutherford
    • Craig Rutherford
    • Dante
    • Wayne Thompson
    • Wayne Thompson
    • Virgil
    • Stacey Scannell
    • Stacey Scannell
    • Bea

Additional Details

Runtime:
11 mins
Country:
UK
Language:
English
Aspect Ratio:
16:9
Sound Mix:
Stereo
Colour:
Colour
Format:
DV PAL

Crew

Produced by:

    • Mike J Hadfield
    • Producer
    • Daniel Chapman
    • Co Producer

Original Music By

    • Rik McClure
    • Andy Brown

Camera and Electrical

    • Paul Roberts
    • Director of Photography
    • Jon McDermott
    • Camera Operator
    • Robert Stein
    • 1st Assistant Camera
    • Arron Cupid
    • Stills Photographer

Post Production

    • Daniel Chapman
    • Editor
    • Mike J Hadfield
    • Colourist
    • Compositing
    • Visual Effects

Sound Department

    • Rik McClure
    • Production Sound Mixer
    • Andy Brown
    • Production Sound Mixer
    • Re-recording Mixer
    • Sam Grant
    • Boom Operator
    • Dan Chapman
    • Foley Artist
    • ADR

Other Crew

    • Robert Stein
    • Runner

Trivia

  • 33 umbrellas were used in the making of this film.
  • The viewmaster used was a 1930's Bakelite model.
Spiderhouse Productions Ltd
Mike J Hadfield
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