The filming location is the Bronte apartment building – DIRT


The days are long, but the years are short, as the old saying goes. That sentiment is at the heart of the 2021 Australian romantic comedy “Long Story Short,” which debuted on Netflix last January. Written and directed by Hollywood multi-hyphenate Josh Lawson, the film tells the story of Teddy (Rafe Spall), a thirty-something “serial procrastinator” who is struck with a strange curse the morning after his wedding in which every few minutes his life is advanced an entire year, with Teddy having no memory of the events that transpired in the meantime. The affliction quickly takes its toll on her marriage – and the rest of her life with it.

To propose the unique construction of time bending, Lawson told the Script website, “I think initially I thought, ‘Oh, I’m going to do this thing where he wakes up and every morning he wakes up, it’s going to be a different year. You know, like “Groundhog Day.” And then, I had the impression of wasting too much time. There’s too much downtime in a day, I don’t want to let go of the accelerator. . . I have to make her feel, what life looks like to all of us, that it’s over in the blink of an eye.

Although the premise may seem somewhat dark, in truth, “Long Story Short” is joyful, funny, and feels great through and through — not to mention motivational! As Lawson voiced to Ain’t It Cool, “One of the only certainties in life is death, isn’t it? As we know this to be true, so what are you waiting for? If this is all to end, use it as a fire under you. Why waste anything? Indeed, as the end credits roll, the film will have you jumping out of your seat, eager to pursue your every dream!

Curiously, the critics weren’t kind, with Courtney Howard of Variety claiming that the film consists of little more than “deep platitudes that adorn the wall plaques found in HomeGoods stores” and Jane Freebury of the Australian Canberra Times stating, “Good lead performances and the gift of scenic locations don’t raise the screenplay from the underlying problem of its tricky premise or flat, tense humor.”

This writer totally disagrees. “Long Story Short” is a delightful stream and definitely worth a watch! But Freebury has understood one thing: the places are incredibly picturesque! Set and shot in Australia, the film makes good use of Sydney’s coastline. Choosing to film in the area, Lawson told Ain’t It Cool, “I think Sydney is one of the most cinematic cities in the world. I would put it right there with Paris, London, New York in terms of being one of the most beautiful cities to photograph. I think it was a bit of a love letter to what we call Sydney’s eastern suburbs.

Shot in just 20 days, the production used spots such as Cohibar Cigar Lounge and Cocktail Barthe site of the New Year’s Eve party where Teddy first meets his future wife Leanne (Zahra Newman), The market canopy in The Entertainment Quarter, where Leanne buys flowers in the middle of the film, a Nielsen Park Cliffwhere Leanne and Teddy are getting married, and Waverley Cemetery, a picturesque cemetery overlooking the ocean in the exclusive suburb of Bronte. Teddy and Leanne’s marital home, the film’s central location, is also in Bronte.


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