About

Devised for film by choreographer, Lisa Densem and director Neil Pardington, Losing Sleep is a six minute dance film set in a night-time of wakefulness, memory and dream.

Three distinct choreographies explore a dream-like world of shifting relationships between friends and lovers.

A group of friends are caught in a frantic cycle of betrayed trust, deception and shifting allegiances, creating an endless pattern of action and reaction in a world without respite or resolve.

Three girlfriends make and break their friendships – continually casting out one of their company in a hopeless cycle of affirmation and dismay.

In a love duet inspired by Paul Mazursky’s 1969 comedy Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice, bedroom politics are played out in a hilarious, but touching dance of requited passion.

Losing Sleep seamlessly translates Lisa Densem’s dynamic, yet poignant choreography into work aptly described as ‘cinematic dance, or should I say dancing cinema…a perfect melding of film and movement.’

Technical Info: 
35 mm, Dolby
Duration: 
6min
Production Year: 
1999
Production Company: 
MAP
Festival/Awards: 
2001 - Goteborg Film Festival
Sales Agent: 
NZ Film

Key Roles

Director
Writer
Producer

Key Cast

Key Crew

Cinematographer
Phil Burchell
Editor
Eric de Beus