Everything is interconnected — people are part of nature; Mercury Stole My Fire is a mysterious true story told through the bodies of mime artists, Penny Baron and Nick Papas from Born in a Taxi physical theatre ensemble (Melbourne, Australia).
Mercury Stole My Fire was the second short film (12mins 12 secs) that I made — I wrote, directed narrated and produced it. The cinematographer was Janis Lesinskis while Fiona O’Connell was responsible for edit ing and sound. The soundtrack comes from the ‘Mistral’ track on Bruce Rogers’ Cloudhands CD.
Mercury Stole My Fire (2005) gained an Honourable Mention in the ‘Performance 10–30 minutes, on a theme of disability’ category of the 2006 international Picture This…Film Festival, 6–10 February, Calgary (Canada) and a Merit Award at the XXVII Superfest International Disability Film Festival, 2–3 June 2007, Berkeley (US), screening at London’s 8th International Disability Film Festival, 14–19 February 2008.
I received a travel grant from the Australian Film Commission to accept the Honourable Mention at Canada’s Picture This… Film Festival 2006.
From the Picture this… Film Festival 2006
Performance 10–30 minutes, On a theme of disability
Honourable Mention, “Mercury Stole My Fire” (703-PTF-2006)
unique form of storytelling on film
excellent performance, great script
script was flawless
beautiful, creative expression
very expressive, poignant and educational
Everything is connected: ‘I became a part of the land, the land travelled through me’
creative language and movement tell a story of isolation and deprivation due to chemical sensitivities.
You can find the story in a revised print version here:
Nelson A (2004) ‘Mercury stole my fire’ in Holdsworth S and Caswell T (eds) Protecting the Future: Stories of Sustainability from RMIT University. CSIRO Publishing: Melbourne, 129–36.
You can find some background on the making of the short film here:
Nelson A (2006) Dis.a.bil.i.ty… dis.a.bled… dis.cov.er… Metro Magazine 149, 204–208.