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A Close Shave
Directed by
Michele Aboud

Australia / 2019 / 9

North American Premiere

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The simple question “have you had a close shave in life?” evokes a visceral emotional reaction. A Close Shave uses this question to provoke meaningful responses from men from very different walks of life. Using the neighborhood barbershop as a safe space, three local clientele come together to discuss their toughest challenges in life in their most intimate and raw form.
Michele Aboud graduated from the Photographic College of London and has lived and worked in Paris, London, New York, and Sydney, each place offering an enormous opportunity for life’s experiences, and each helping to develop her keen sense of observation. Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Baz Lurhmann, and Wim Wenders are included in her commercial portrait portfolio, and an impressive list of brands, agencies and publications have contributed to her vast body of editorial and advertising work. For Michele, making short documentaries has become a way of engaging with the fragility of life, a way to listen and learn, a way to grow from sharing with others. The concept and idea always come first for Michele in her filmmaking. Onto this foundation she weaves her story, with a strong sense of the need to retain its integrity and an intuitive sense of the impact of emotion. Her documentary, "A Close Shave," has been recognized by several film festivals, including the Woodstock Film Festival. Directing was a natural progression for Michele, an extension of the Australian creator’s ability to tell stories in still images. Aboud has brought to directing thirty years of experience as a commercial photographer as well as her affinity for representing the human condition in a compelling way. “To tell a story is an honour. The thrill never wanes,” says Michele.
Cast/Featuring: Bruce Hathcock, Tracy Williams, Josh Clark, Andrew McGuiness
Executive Producer(s): Michele Aboud
Producer(s): Michele Aboud
Director(s): Michele Aboud
Screenwriter(s): Michele Aboud
Cinematographer(s): Anton Perry
Editor(s): Christopher Baron, Sarah Peisley
Composer(s)/Music: Bruce Hathcock
Sound Designer(s): Martin Cox, James Martel
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