Flirt: Sydney 2015 is a re-writing of the first part of Hal Hartley’s 1995 film Flirt, subtitled New York 1994, as an online experimental text and video work. In the original film, Bill prevaricates over a romantic decision. The pressure of analogue time drives the narrative. In 1994 there is a moment when Bill will no longer be able to contact Emily. In 2015, Bill can message Emily whenever and wherever he wants and every act feels like a rehearsal. Things get delayed. Possibilities accumulate. Does standing still ward off the future? Can a very long pause reconfigure time?
Flirt: Sydney 2015 is part of a new series of ‘remakes’ that relocates prescient 20th century films in the 21st century.
Sarinah Masukor is a writer and moving image maker. Her current work explores relationships between fiction and criticism, cinema and gallery. She has participated in the Gertrude Contemporary Emerging Writers Program and the Firstdraft Writers Program and has published widely on contemporary art and film. Between 2015-16 she appeared on ABC iView’s screen culture review show, The Critics. She currently teaches in the Media Arts and Production program at the University of Technology Sydney.