Director: Bill Mousoulis
This intriguing character study of a woman living in inner-city Melbourne, follows filmmaker Jane Friedman (played by Marie-Louise Walker) over the course of six days, illuminating her thoughts and feelings by making use of a voice-over that corresponds with her diary entries. Over these six days she experiences various highs and lows, in both her personal and vocational lives.
This film has a unique artistic temperament and eschews 90s stylised cinema in favour of a low-key, realist approach. With the use of real places and real people giving the film a documentary feel it still is able to maintain a highly formal painterly style with scenes presented in a classically framed tableaux.
My Blessings marks the feature debut of director Bill Mousoulis (well known in Melbourne filmmaking circles and co-founder of the Melbourne Super-8 Film Group). This is genuine independent filmmaking, Mousoulis having funded the shooting stage himself.
The film is a fine example of 'personal' cinema in its examination of a particular individual and self-portaiture of a filmmaker, that recalls the minimalist, austere dramas of Robert Bresson.