Gabrielle is an actress. Or at least, she wants to be. She's hungry for a great role – the one that will change her life forever. Sabrina might have the answer Gabrielle has been looking for. But how far will she go in order to lose herself in this new character, and will she like what she finds? Sara's grim discovery, Celeste's lonely secret – this is where all of it begins. And where it will end.
Featuring a cast of ten actors, Part I: Gabrielle is a significant new work for the band: an unnerving filmic experience which exemplifies their unconventional and idiosyncratic approach to telling stories through sound and image. Incorporating over 20 minutes of original new music composed specifically for the film, Part I: Gabrielle constitutes Dumbsaint’s most substantial fusion of music and visuals to date, and extends the band’s work far beyond the scope of 2013’s short film/EP project The Auteur.
Someone is watching Sara. Something is waiting for Sara, too. They are separate, but connected. Different, but one and the same. Drawn to a mysterious old suitcase at a garage sale, Sara is pulled back into a moment of her life she had thought she was finished with, and now must face the consequences of someone else’s actions.
Part II: Sara, sees DUMBSAINT continuing to explore dynamic and sometimes surprising interactions between sound and image. Deliberately released in reverse order, the cryptic middle chapter of Disappearance In A Minor Role introduces a curious new storyline, deepening the cinematic puzzle which will only be solved once all three pieces have been revealed.
In addition to the short film, Part II: Sara contains versions of four new tracks from and inspired by the film, which expand on the atmospheric sounds of Part III: Celeste and feature some of the band’s most adventurous musical experimentations yet. Also included are a collection of behind-the-scenes photos and a filmmaking commentary on the film.
Celeste is a busy woman. She doesn't have time to deal with the problems of strangers. She doesn't want anything to do with the mysterious man in the alleyway behind her house. But not all is as it appears to be. Celeste knows something about the man in the alleyway - something that nobody else knows. Celeste has a secret.
Written, filmed and edited entirely by the members of DUMBSAINT, the new short film trilogy is a surreal filmic companion piece to The Auteur, and a release that will offer thematic and narrative clues into a larger piece of work yet to come, as writing sessions continue for the follow-up to the band's acclaimed 2012 debut album, Something That You Feel Will Find Its Own Form.
This installment, Part III: Celeste, sees DUMBSAINT continuing to explore powerful and unusual interactions between sound and image. Deliberately released out of chronological order, the haunting first segment of the 25-minute-long Disappearance In A Minor Role is a mystery that will only be solved once all three pieces have been revealed. In addition to the short film, Part III: Celeste includes four new extended tracks from and inspired by the film - which represent the band’s first attempt to create an original film "soundtrack" - along with access to a 6-minute behind-the-scenes video featurette.
Arthur is shooting a film about a film. Between extras, locations and endless script revisions, he begins to lose track of where the movie ends and his real life begins. Trapped in a surreal maze of actors playing directors and directors doubling as actors, Arthur rediscovers an object from his past, and is drawn back to a place beyond the frame.
The Auteur project has seen DUMBSAINT continue to explore unexpected interactions between sound and image, working with a range of new techniques to tell an experimental narrative that plays with inventive references to the band’s own filmmaking process. Shot entirely by the members of DUMBSAINT, the short film is a surrealistic adaptation of the title track, with the enigmatic story unfolding in perfect sync with the music itself.
The complete package includes the single, digital download of the short film, six audio remixes and one video remix, with collaborations from some of the band’s peers and favourite experimental Australian artists, including Sydney electronic artist SETEC, Brisbane sound artist EOIN CLEMENTS, Andrew Mortensen of SERIOUS BEAK, Perth drone artist HOUDINI, Brendan Gloag of FACE COMMAND and Brisbane post-rock three-piece ECHOTIDE.
Released on September 4 2013. Download includes song, film, six audio remixes and one video remix.