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Life on Bruny Island, population 750, is suffused with trade-offs and joys

Electricity is limited, entertainments like film screenings and restaurant meals are scarce, and all your neighbours are people you know and rely on – the prospect of living like this might be idyllic or distressing, depending on your disposition. But, for partners John Bullock and Jenene Oates, it’s simply home. This short documentary from the filmmaker Guido Pezz takes viewers into the couple’s life on Bruny Island, Australia, population 750, itself located just off the coast of Tasmania. Featuring lush shots of the landscape, and the couple engaged in unplugged activities of self-sufficiency like gardening, baking and pottery, the brief trip likely makes for a relaxing and worthwhile experience, even if their off-grid life isn’t quite for you.

Director: Guido Pezz

24 November 2023