Truant

Director: Michael Duignan
Year: 2005
Country: New Zealand
Running time: 14 mins
New Zealand

Production co: Maxim Films
Producer: Rachel Gardner
Executive producers: Angela Littlejohn, Karl Zohrab
Screenplay: Heather Menzies
Photography: Aaron Morton
Editor: Jonathan Woodford-Robinson
Sound: Tim Prebble
Music: Kylie Burtland

With: Shanti Webby, Emlyn Williams, Lynn Mayall, Brian McDonald
When you’re young you can make and loose friends very quickly; usually because you’re still figuring out who you are yourself and how you fit in the world. Truant is an unrequited love story between two lonely young people. It is about the things we learn that make us adults; Evan may be skipping school, but he is being taught a life lesson. By the end of the story he might have been hurt, but he knows more about himself and the world, and in an emotional sense has grown older. As Heather Menzies developed the script, I felt as though it was in fact an archetypal story, and that similar episodes could have occurred in many people’s adolescence. With this in mind I wanted to approach the production ofTruant as though it were a memory of the events, rather than the events themselves. When I remember stories in my life they come to me in a jumble – snatches of images and words and sounds that I piece together in my mind to try to make sense of. I hoped to mimic this feeling of remembering in the way we put the film together. - Michael Duignan