The Tide Keeper

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    The Tide Keeper

    Directed by

    New Zealand


    9 min

    • English

    Animation, Drama, Experimental, Short

    One night an old man dreams a storm into his bed. In the optimism of his youth, he believed he could save the world. But now, nearing the end of his life, he is losing hope. He has run out of time to make a difference.


    • Best Animated Short - Warsaw FF
    • FIPRESCI Award - Pacific Meridian IFF


    Labels & Line Ups


    Lee Stuart
    Alyx Duncan
    Ben Montgomery
    Chris Pryor
    Daniel Strang
    Francesca Mountfort

    Director's Statement

    The Tide Keeper is part of my continuing research of states of ‘presence’ on film. It works with the presence of a non performer, developing choreography through the habits and proximity of his physical body in rela tion to his home. One of the rules of the work is that no objects or props were added to the environment. The everyday objects were found an d animated on site. The only time we broke that rule was when we introduced the miniature version of the main charac ter, the old man.

    Alyx Duncan

    Alyx Duncan

    New Zealand

    Alyx Duncan is a filmmaker and choreographer in genres spanning live performance, installation, video-dance, music video, documentary, television commercials, and experimental filmmaking. Her research investigates human perception in relation to place, culture and political context. Her first feature film THE RED HOUSE won Best Self-funded film at the 2012 New Zealand Film awards. Alongside her industry work she has taught papers in dance, digital video, and theatre studies at various tertiary institutions in New Zealand and China. Alyx is currently producing Lani Feltham’s short film MOUSE, and co-writing two new feature films, and working on a series of one-short shorts in collaboration with Touch Compass Dance Trust.