Trust us there’s a very funny side to being Cooped Up

(image via Cinema Australia)
(image via Cinema Australia)


After coming into contact with a potentially fatal virus, a bitter professional wrestler is forced to isolate himself in his childhood home for 21 days. (synopsis via Cinema Australia)

Back when the most recent Ebola epidemic was ravaging the three countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, the media was rife with stories of returning medical workers confined to their homes in Western countries while they waited to see if they were disease-free.

While some like the Centers for Disease Control questioned whether the quarantining was necessary, the fact is that it happened and made headlines.

What no one has explored until now, and certainly not in so comic a fashion, is what happens to someone forced to call their home their entire world for a lengthy period of time.

Do they simply bunker down and get on with life in a geographically-truncated form? Do they get bored quickly? Dream of travelling to far flung places or the local pizza joint?

Or do they like the protagonist in upcoming Aussie movie, Cooped Up, go more than a little stir crazy, suffering hallucinations and wondering how to blow up a nemesis rat?

Hard to say really but Cooped Up does a wonderful job if the trailers any indication of humourously musing on how enforce captivity of the domestic kind might affect a person.

Rather ironically the movie involved first time feature film director Kane Guglielmi doing the very opposite of his protagonist to get the film made, according to IF:

“I am making the jump from directing TV to features, and in order to make my movie, I’m selling my home in Leura to pay for it. I am married with a baby on the way, and we live in what I would consider a dream house. So it’s not an easy decision for us. But I’ve been pushing hard for over a decade now and this has been a life-long dream. We’re taking a big but calculated risk.”

We’ll find out if the gamble paid off and Kane gets to emulate his characters, well at least in having a house to call home – though hopefully without the extended continuous occupancy – when Cooped Up opens in 2017.


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