Life, Conveyancing and…So Much More

There are a lot of spies in movies, I’ve noticed. Do people really love spies that much? I know their jobs are exciting, but what’s considered exciting is really quite subjective. For example, I have a friend who trains guide dogs for a living, and every time we meet she’s always telling me how exciting everything is. Whereas there are loads of people who’d think that was pretty neutral, or even terrible.

Things are subjective, basically. So I’m wondering why there aren’t more films based around people in office jobs. People in Melbourne do conveyancing, you know. Quite a lot of them. They go to work in an office, and put their sandwiches in the fridge, and do coffee runs. They help clients and go on annual leave and sometimes have arguments with people who steal their parking spaces. It’s mostly just a lot of conveyancing though.

See, some people love that kind of thing. The real life that we all live every day is really the greatest adventure of all, if you think about it…so where are all the movies about that? They got pretty close with that one movie about the kid growing up, but really, that was just an overblown character drama disguised as a study of the human condition. BORING.

Oh sure, there are films about growing up, finding true love, solving family dramas and sometimes looking after dogs…but none on the struggles of setting up a tent in the rain. Or trying to plant azaleas out of season. People don’t make movies about ‘real life’; they make movies about life’s biggest struggles, which doesn’t speak to our everyday experience. I mean, there MIGHT be an artsy film about housing, but it’ll be all concerned with massive issues and national scandals, rather than just conveyancing and settlement. Melbourne alone has so much potential for representing the human life, as we actually live it. And yet…there’s no money in realism.


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