Two Men: A Kafka Inspired Short Film

Two Men, a short film directed by Dominic Allen, takes an old philosophical story by Franz Kafka, one set in Europe of course, and adapts it to a contemporary Aboriginal Australian context, using indigenous “non actors.” In reworking Kafka’s tale (read the original text here), Allen hoped to “affirm an element of humanity’s commonality” … and “reinforce Kafka’s point that it’s impossible to ever truly know another’s motivations.” Made in 2009, the film has since been screened at film festivals in New York, Prague, London, and Sydney, and the film earned Allen the “Emerging Australian Filmmaker Prize” at the Melbourne International Film Festival last year.

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