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Whoever Was Using This Bed

Directed by Andrew Kotatko
Narrative Short
Australia | 20 min | 2016

A married couple is woken in the dead of night by a mysterious phone call. Unable to sleep, they are drawn into an unsettling examination of their fears and desires. Based on a story by Raymond Carver (Birdman), WHOEVER WAS USING THIS BED is a multi-award winning short psychological drama starring Jean-Marc Barr (The Big Blue), Radha Mitchell (Man on Fire) and Jane Birkin (Blow Up).

One of the last stories that the great American writer Raymond Carver left us was Whoever Was Using This Bed.

When I first read it, I was deeply moved by its intimacy, humor and sadness – its inescapable truth. The seemingly ordinary dialogue between a man and a woman is endowed with Carver’s unique and compassionate perspective on the human condition.

It is a story about our darkest fears – a story for us all. I felt compelled to make it into a short film.

Andrew Kotatko, 2016

Whoever Was Using This Bed - Poster

Whoever Was Using This Bed - Andre KotatkoAndrew Kotatko

A screenwriting graduate of Binger Filmlab in The Netherlands, Andrew previously wrote and directed the award-winning short film Everything Goes (2004), based on a story by Raymond Carver and starring Hugo Weaving, Abbie Cornish and Sullivan Stapleton. He is also Australia’s most experienced music supervisor, having collaborated with directors such as Jane Campion, Fred Schepisi, Russell Crowe and Mel Gibson. Andrew’s latest short film is the AFI|AACTA Award winner Whoever Was Using This Bed (2016) starring Jean-Marc Barr, Radha Mitchell and Jane Birkin.

Film Information

Director: Andrew Kotatko
Country: Australia
Language: English
Runtime: 20 min.
Rated: R


Producer: Andrew Kotatko, Marie Slaight
Writer: Andrew Kotatko
Cinematography: Geoffrey Simpson, ACS
Editor: Roland Gallois, ASE

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