What parts of ourselves can we access when we are free people? Things Break In drops us into a perfect circumstances and lets us see what might happen when two women in 1940 are required to work together in privacy.
The film is set during WWII, a time when women gained autonomy by entering the work force to support themselves and their families. Intellectual anti-war campaigner and author Olive Schreiner wrote in Women and Labour, 1911 about the status and awareness that women gain from participating in the work force. In A Room of One's Own, 1929 Virginia Woolf begs similar questions; what is woman capable of if she has access to the tools and time for creation?
“A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.” - Virginia Woolf
In the world of Things Break In, Ida and Rosa find love through the independence and isolation of their work together. Immersed in the elemental truth of nature they are able to realize their sexuality and fall in love.
I wanted to create a film that felt like the rhythms of the farm, the heat and sweat of summer. There is something empowering about working with your body. The work of a farm is demanding and base, it is an economy of survival. Food and water for animals and plants, which in turn supports ourselves. The primitive nature of this work eliminates gendered expectations, and in this space, Ida and Rosa are free to encounter each other with the heart.