Honeybee

In the midst of a hot Australian summer a teenage girl saves a bee from certain death and undergoes a sensory awakening.

Director’s Vision

I’m obsessed with life cycles and metamorphoses. Early on in the production, we visited a beekeeper and I’ll never forget feeling both in awe and on edge. Obviously they felt my chaotic vibrations and stung me on the cheek. It was oddly calming. I remember the able, agitated swarm filling the air and lifeless husks littering the lawn. Freaky that all their experiences, their choices, their whole life-to-death happens in just 20 days. Although less extreme, we all experience this transition and the peaks and valleys that come with it. Honeybee is a coming-of-age story about the wild, terrifying and intoxicating feelings that emerge along the passage to adulthood.

We wanted to create something familiar but surreal. A nostalgic vision of a hot and humid summer, Honeybee is a small part of a memory of growing up in Australia. Avoiding dialogue and focusing on telling a visceral story in a fraction of a moment, we didn’t want to waste time on exposition and instead made something as equally fleeting as the bees themselves.