MEMORABILIA
DIRECTED BY TROY BAIRD
Produced by Troy Baird
Sofia puts her heart on the line and takes us on an intimate journey in a vulnerable stage performance.
Director’s statement
In MEMORABILIA, we’re exploring the slippery slope that is romanticising time spent with ex partners that you don’t belong with. I’m certainly guilty of such a thing; romanticising heartache, sadness, or loss the same way Bukowski did with alcohol. It’s a common thread between most creatives – let’s call it a survival mechanism. If it’s controlled, that pain is power – but it’s addictive, because in these times, any creative will tell you, is when they’re most passionate and inspired – when they’re pressed up against their darkest feelings is when the poetry will come flowing out of them. This film is the proof in the pudding. Though, ironically, this is also when your judgement is most cloudy, so these artistic endeavours can often be filled with misplaced passion.
After a break up and as time goes on, for me especially, it becomes more difficult to vividly remember the struggles of the relationship and far easier to recall only the good times that you spent together.
Sure, hold onto those warm, happy moments – they’re important; they feed things like nostalgia and your future pursuits of that same joy – but a coin has two sides. The danger is suppressing the parts that hurt the most, or denying all of the incompatibilities, but it’s crucial to remember these and be honest with yourself; in order to move on and not be roped back in to a life with somebody you don’t belong with. It’s all the excuses you tell yourself, all the fake reasons you’ll have yourself believe as to why it didn’t work out between you two – or worse yet – if you’re still together, the excuses as to why it isn’t working, or why it isn’t fulfilling you. Of course, there are many exceptions, and real relationship struggle has it’s place – but it’s the tall tales you tell yourself that get in the way of you finding a more suited lover.
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