Sam Klemke’s Time Machine
As part of Possible Worlds, Sydney’s US & Canadian Film Festival, Sam Klemke’s Time Machine will have its Sydney premiere at the Golden Age Cinema, with a special appearance from Klemke himself – with his camera in tow. Come along, and become a part of the world’s longest running and most uniquely intimate biopic.
Please note Sam Klemke will attend all four sessions for a Q&A after the film. Director Matthew Bate will also participate in the Q&As on Wed 4 Nov and Thurs 5 Nov.
Thanks to Closer Productions, there will be prizes given away to some lucky ticket holders at the screenings.
“Adventuresome.. Unclassifiable” – Variety
“Sundance’s everyman Benjamin Button” – Interview Magazine
“One of the most bizarre, gross, moving, and awe-inspiring films about living a life on Earth today” – Sundance Institute
In 1977, Sam Klemke started obsessively documenting his entire life on film. Beginning decades before the modern obsession with selfies and status updates, we see Sam grow from an optimistic teen to a self-important 20-year-old, into an obese, self-loathing thirty-something and onwards into his philosophical fifties. The same year that Sam began his project, NASA launched the Voyager craft into deep space carrying the Golden Record, a portrait of humanity that would try to explain to extra terrestrials who we are. From director Matthew Bate (Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure), Sam Klemke’s Time Machine follows two unique self-portraits as they travel in parallel – one hurtling through the infinity of space and the other stuck in the suburbs of Earth – in a freewheeling look at time, memory, mortality and what it means to be human.
Why should you see this film?
Documentary pop-culture excavator Matthew Bate discovered Klemke after seeing his Youtube viral video 35 Years Back Through Time – which showed Sam reverse-aging through his whole life. Klemke sent the director 50 years worth of obsessively documented warts and all life from which Bate has sculpted one of the most bizarre, gross, moving, and awe-inspiring films about living a life on Earth today. Long before our current fixation with status updates and selfies, Sam obsessively recorded over 50 years of his life on film to become the world’s pioneering cinematic narcissist. Through decades of his nacho binge eating, global conflicts that come and go, his never-realized goals, and presidential elections, Klemke makes a record of life that is both hilarious and touching. Now in his fifties and with a roomful of hundreds of hours of tape, what exactly has been the point of it all? Sam Klemke’s Time Machine, which premiered at this years Sundance Film Festival’s ‘New Frontiers’ section (renowned for its boundary pushing, off-the-wall selections) is a kind of home movie Citizen Kane, a DIY gonzo-doc forged from the recorded life of an extraordinary nobody.