Burn Out is a soundless 16mm film of a young man in a West Auckland street doing a “burn-out”; the process of keeping a car’s handbrake on whilst accelerating, causing the tires to spin, heat up and smoke. The activity is traditionally associated in New Zealand with “bogan” culture. Most burn-out videos are shot close-up with a lot of cutting, heavy music and the screeching of tires as a soundtrack. By contrast, Carr's film keeps the camera stationary, with a single, wide-angle view so that the car is soundless in the middle distance. As a result, the activity’s renegade or illegal status is transformed into a moment of quiet beauty in a suburban landscape.
Director: Steve Carr
Cinematography: Duncan Cole