Sam Klemke's Time Machine

Sundance 2015 Laurel 

Feature documentary



In 1977, Sam Klemke started obsessively documenting his entire life on film. Beginning decades before the modern obsession with selfies and status updates, we see Sam grow from an optimistic teen to a self-important 20 year old, into an obese, self-loathing 30-something and onwards into his philosophical 50s. The same year that Sam began his project, NASA launched the Voyager craft into deep space carrying the Golden Record, a portrait of humanity that would try to explain to extra terrestrials who we are. From director Matthew Bate (Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure), Sam Klemke’s Time Machine follows two unique self-portraits as they travel in parallel – one hurtling through the infinity of space and the other stuck in the suburbs of Earth – in a freewheeling look at time, memory, mortality and what it means to be human


Winner - Doc Aviv 'Artistic Vision Award' 2015 

Winner - Australian Writer's Guild Award for Best Documentary Feature Screenplay

Written and directed by Matthew Bate

Producers: Rebecca Summerton and Sophie Hyde

3D Animation: Raynor Pettge

Editor: Bryan Mason