Sit Back And Let Stunning Short Film ‘They Saw The Sun First’ Sink In
Listen up.
Entertainment 3m

Wise advice.

Now, possibly more than ever, the divide between young people and old people is palpable. The millennial tribe versus the boomer tribe is something we’re seeing played out across traditional and social media constantly, with people of each generation having often already dismissed the other before they’ve even said their piece.

They Saw The Sun First, which was directed by New York-based Aussie filmmaker Stefan Hunt, celebrates the voices of the elderly, offering them a chance to be heard. “Old people’s speech is not to be dishonoured – after all, they saw the sun first,” says an African proverb from which the short film got its name, an ethos that’s inescapable over the course of its eight minutes running time.

In the piece, which is exquisitely shot, we see dancers and actors interpret commentary on life from elderly people whom they have never met, manifesting physical understandings of their words with a composition from FKJ fluttering in the background. “With all my grandparents gone, I felt a real lack of eldership in my life,” Stefan Hunt says of the film. “I feel like we are bombarded with these authoritative opinions from young people on the internet, but where is the advice of those who have walked this earth the longest?”

Check it out below and head here to follow Stefan Hunt on Instagram:


Directed by @stefan_hunt
Produced by @jessmlowe
Cinematography by @cole__graham
Movement Directed by @vanessamarian_
Score by @frenchkiwijuice
Casting by @kateantognini
Production Designer @nilssonlikeharry
Steadicam @asmarterwarholic
1st AC @mikaelbidard_photography
2nd AC @therealjamestrussin
1st AD @jimmycoldman
Sound @julianttal
Wardrobe @upstatekate25
Gaffer @prannoying
Production Manager @chelseaayllon
Sound Mix @smokeychocolate
Sound Producer @kyraeh1993
Sound Assist @mandifuents
Post Producer @okca
Edited by @akamrmagoo
Colour @mattfezz
VFX @mattfezz
Titles @stefan_hunt
Executive Producer @aarkangel
Prod co @freshfilm_productions
Edit house @arc_edit
Sound house


Words by Harry Webber April 30, 2020
Editors Pick