Sam Klemke's Time Machine gets spot at Sundance

By / 5th of December, 2014

A DOCUMENTARY about a 50-year-old man who filmed and narrated his entire life has been selected for the Sundance Film Festival in January 2015.

Produced by South Australian company Closer Productions, Sam Klemke’s Time Machine will feature in the New Frontier section of the festival.

Written and directed by Matthew Bate and produced by Rebecca Summerton and Sophie Hyde, the documentary features Sam Klemke, a man who has filmed and narrated 50 years of his life since the 1970s, creating a strange and intimate portrait of what it means to be human. The journey coincides with the Voyager Space mission carrying the Golden Record time capsule.

“We are chuffed to be asked back to Sundance,” said Bate. “We’ve made a strange beast of a film about a truly unique man, and unleashing it to the world in the snow and mayhem of Park City will be a lot of fun. Personally, I’m also looking forward to bringing Sam himself to the festival which in a way will be the culmination of his life in front of the camera - what a perfect stage on which to reveal him to a cinema audience!”

Richard Harris, the CEO of the South Australian Film Corporation, which helped fund the production, said he could not think of a more suitable home for the tale of a cinematic misfit than the Sundance Film Festival.

“Once again Matt Bate has focused his unique lens on a slice of American pop culture from the other side of the world, and we congratulate he and Rebecca and the whole Closer team for creating what is a really remarkable piece of work,” Harris said.

This selection comes after the company’s previous success at the Park City festival, with Bate’s Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure debuting in competition in 2011, as well as Sophie Hyde’s 2014 drama 52 Tuesdays which took out Best Director in the World Cinema Dramatic section earlier this year.

The film will make it’s Australian debut at the Adelaide Film Festival in October 2015.