A short documentary about one man’s all-consuming passion for light globes
My name is Andrea Distefano, I'm an Australian film producer.
I wanted to introduce you to a documentary film that may be of interest to you.
"The Globe Collector" takes us into the life of Andrew Pullen and his all-consuming passion for collecting light globes, he has well over 10,000 of them.
You can learn more about the film and watch the trailer at
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Suitably continuing with the "hoarding" theme, given the last post and the increasing hoarding in Europe and North America as previously covered here, with looming deadlines of Sep 1 and Sep 30 respectively:
Why not go Down Under for a bit?
Australia has not been covered much yet in the blog,
although the Australia rules as covered with links on http://ceolas.net/#li01inx shows the varying months and years for the phase outs, some more coming up in October 2012.
The new Conservative opposition leader Tony Abbott (after pro-ban Malcolm Turnbull) seems more in tune with free market ideals. He also opposes some Climate Change policies like the rigorous Carbon Tax schemes, apparently including the recent Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards Bill (GEMS), so a change of Government might offer some hope of at least allowing Halogens (of which restrictions applying from 1 Jan 2011).
That said, the short film here, originally made for a festival last Australian summer, is rather about people than politics. It simply looks at the life of a light bulb hoarder (do they call them globes down there?)... maybe there'll be some more around the world doing the same soon!
As the mentioned Facebook site expands..
the protagonist has Asperger's syndrome, a kind of autism, albeit not related to his hoarding as such (there is a specific obsessive-compulsive hoarding syndrome although that in turn seems more about keeping old junk... which we surely can't call those beautiful incandescents! ;-) )
Also quoting from the St Kilda festival blog:
Andrew Pullen collects light globes. He has well over 10,000 of them in one of the world’s largest private collections. This short documentary takes us into his incredible world; a world where a passion for electronics is all-consuming and a diagnosis of Asperger's syndrome is nothing more than a label. This is the story of one man's lonely quest to protect a part of our technological history that is fast being forgotten.
Although the film was originally made for TropFest (2012's 'signature item' was light globe) it has a found a life of its own.
"I was quite attracted to the imagery of light globe collections," says DeRoche, of her original inspiration. But an image isn't enough to sustain audience interest, there needs to be an engaging subject -- she found that in Andrew Pullen.
With one of the world's largest light globe collections, Pullen has an all consuming passion for electronics, which fill his relatively secluded life in Tasmania. His solitude might stem from his Asperger's syndrome, but he describes it more as a label than anything else -- "They say it’s a disorder, I don’t like the term of ‘disorder’, it’s just another type of person, another type of personality" -- a sentiment that makes this documentary surprisingly moving.
Made on a shoestring budget with a five person crew and tight interstate shooting schedule, 'The Globe Collector' has come together in a neat package with an interesting idea and emotional tug -- no wonder, then, that it's playing Opening Night at The Palais Theatre which Paul Harris reminds DeRoche and Disefano is "full of light globes".
So what's next for the director and producer?
Distefano says producing features is what she's "aiming for", she found her time as an assistant on Australian musical 'Bran Nue Dae' inspirational and educational.
DeRoche also hopes to jump from directing short films to features.
The film has won numerous awards, not just in Australia, but also in North America and at the Sheffield DocFest in England....
A local Australian TV interview with the film makers:
Andrea Distefano is a film producer based in Melbourne. Andrea completed a Bachelor of Film and Television at Swinburne University where she produced the short film, ‘The Interminable Suffering of Mr Wu’, which won the Award for Best Graduate Film. In 2008, Andrea commenced work with Robyn Kershaw Productions as Associate Producer on the feature film Bran Nue Dae (2009, Dir: Rachel Perkins). She went on to work with Daybreak Films & Film Camp as post-production supervisor on the feature documentary ‘murundak – Songs of Freedom’ (2011, Dir: Rhys Graham, Natasha Gadd). In 2010, Andrea joined Daybreak Films as a Producer and has since produced a range of projects including a series of short documentaries for Foxtel Channel, STVDIO. She has also independently produced a number of music videos for artists including Angie Hart and The Audreys.
"Summer DeRoche is a Melbourne based Director with the ambitious aim to get paid for her craft (!)....
child of influential screenwriter Everett DeRoche (whose credits include Aussie classics 'Razorback' and 'Long Weekend'), grew up on film sets, harbouring ambitions to make films from an early age. She studied for her Bachelor of Film and TV at Swinburne University, where she met (film producer) Distefano. 'The Globe Collector' is their most successful collaboration to date -- already lining up international premieres.
Summer has worked and studied in the USA and has had numerous short films screened throughout Australia, including ‘The (Ex)terminator’, which was selected as one of the ten films in the 16th Finalist competition in Tropfest Australia 2011. As well as short films, she has written and directed a number of music videos and several widely screened cinema commercials.
Examples of her video work here,
website summerderoche.com, blog summerderoche.wordpress.com.
Looking up information on "Globe Collector" unsurprisingly turns up pretty diverse information.... A forum for sharing & learning about world terrestrial globes.... multi award winners of the Golden Globes for acting... and indeed another globe collector, in America, a little behind Andrew in "only" having 7000....Snow Globes!