“My initial interest in Bus Stop was to make a film that explored the idea of what

strangers around us are thinking. The more I spoke of this, the more I found everyone 2

had experienced the personal curiosity of the thoughts of people around us, especially

on public transport. I originally had the idea riding the New York subway while I was

living there, by moving home to New Zealand again, I realised the concept translates

not only a range of vehicles, but that it is universal and translates to any society. Its

about how the public around us, and who we speculate we might be. I was also drawn

to the idea of it primary being a silent film, with visuals speaking of memories, and the

role of sound being quite abstract. Also, it was appropriate situation to examine a wide

range of characters. A range in age, race and how their thoughts reflect what is

important to them, at that stage in their lives. The other commentary I was interested in

making was that we never get a chance to see within the driver’s head. This is a

statement on how most people assume that since his occupation is apparent, there

can’t be much more to him. His actions state the opposite. Bus Stop is

really about people in society, anywhere, and the game we play, in wondering who the

strangers that sit next to us are.”


Chris Graham


Technical Info: 
Black & White, 35 mm, 1.1:85, Dolby Digital
Production Year: 
Production Company: 
Sinemah Urbano Films Ltd.
2002 - Melbourne International Film Festival, Brisbane International Film Festival.
Sales Agent: 
NZ Film