The Lake (1994)

A young German tires to kill a Jewish woman as his initiation into a neo-nazi gang ...... but the tables are dramatically turned when the woman must decide whether to try and save her attacker's life.

THE LAKE is part of a trilogy of short, award-winning, political films that are connected through the theme of water. The stories are told visually with minimal use of dialogue. They are not silent films as music and other general sounds help to underline and expand the story.

Hephzibah Tintner ... (Tour guide)

Robert Schupp ... (The attacker)

Adrian Kennedy ... (Gang leader)

In Loving Memory of Hephzibah Tintner (1970 - 2001):

Hephzibah Tintner was born in Perth, Australia, in 1970. Her father was Georg Tintner, a well known Austrian conductor. She was named after Hephzibah Menuhin, sister of Yehudi Menuhin.

After leaving school early to study full-time ballet, she was awarded the inaugural Janet Vernon Scholarship and attended the Australian Ballet School. She went on to dance with the Israel Ballet in Tel Aviv, the National Theatre in Prague, and as a soloist at the Deutsches Nationaltheater in Weimar.

Desiring a change from ballet, Hephzibah trained as an actor at the Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Conservatorium in Leipzig, and then worked in theatre and film in Germany, including creating two roles with director Leander Haussman.

In 1997, she studied opera direction at the Hanns Eisler Conservatorium in Berlin. Hephzibah assisted a number of high profile productions including Die Verurteilung des Lukullus(Staatsoper, Berlin) and Elektra (Sydney Festival).

Hephzibah died from cancer on 21 June 2001 at 30 years of age.

Parts one and three, available on this web site, are entitled THE STREAM (8 minutes), and THE BRIDGE (11 minutes).

Award: ACS SILVER AWARD for Cinematography, 1995

Invited to Official Competition Program: 52nd VENICE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, 1995

Location: Former East Germany north of Berlin near Schluft in Brandenburg, Germany

Camera: Arriflex 35 III

Format: 35mm Anamorphic (aka CinemaScope)

Aspect ratio: 2.39 : 1

Negative: East German black and white film stock, Orwo NP77

Laboratory: Wytwórnia Filmów Fabularnych, Warsaw, Poland

Year of Production: 1994