The Bachelor Australia 2019: Is This The Moment That Sealed Elly's Fate?
It was the shock elimination we didn't see coming, but looking back -- perhaps the signs were there all along.
Winning the extra time with Matt after the group date, Elly made a fatal mistake in shifting the conversation away from their connection toward Abbie.
Because of the constant conversations around Abbie and her "questionable intent", Matt then took her for a single date which went -- as expected -- perfectly.
While he touched on the comments that some of the others in the house had made (mostly Elly insinuating that Abbie was just there to grow her social media following), the conversation actually seemed to strengthen their bond rather than -- in the case of Elly -- weaken it.
And while the dramatic shift in the music was a huge clue to the eventual bombshell of a rose ceremony where Matt sent Elly home, there was one other minor moment that caught our eye.
During the group date where Matt had to make eye contact with each bachelorette for four minutes, as he and Elly stared longingly into each other's faces, this happened:
The shot above is called a "dolly zoom" but is often just called a "Hitchcock Zoom" due to his use of it in the 1958 classic 'Vertigo'. The shot is created when a camera zooms in and simultaneously dollies backwards or forwards, meaning the objects in the foreground appear to stay in one spot but the background stretches or distorts.
It's also not something you see every day on 'The Bachelor'.
As we mentioned, the shot is most famously referenced from Hitchcock's 'Vertigo' and is credited to cinematographer Irmin Roberts. The shot was used to give the audience the same feeling of nausea the film's lead feels when confronted with his fear of heights.
So why use it on a group date?!
There are a handful of other examples of the shot being used in many iconic films. Hitchcock used it again in 'Psycho' in 1960 to heighten a sense of unease and tension, it's used in 'The Lord of the Rings' to give the feeling of danger closing in on Frodo.
Possibly one of the most famous uses of the shot is in Speilberg's 'Jaws', deployed once again to emphasise a moment of great distress -- not just for the character, but to also create a sense of unease for the viewer.
So was this what was happening during the eye contact date? Was it all foretold long before Elly mistakenly re-hashed her beef with Abbie and her Instagram following?
Maybe the show was trying to plant the seed that something was amiss from the get-go before Elly had a chance to put her foot firmly in her mouth (and Instagram it), that we were supposed to feel a general sense of unease already.
There is another use of the dolly zoom, an optical trick where an object or character in the background is pulled toward an object or figure in the foreground (by the camera alone), to create a sense of closeness. You could argue that the shot was used to show the connection Elly and Matt had, one that was able to defy words.
In a sense, there's a way the shot can be used to illustrate romance or longing, bringing two objects that are physically distant together
The only issue there is that both of them are static, the world around them distorting.
It's as if the signs were there all along, and we were just too blinded by love, and by marshmallows, to see it.
Or maybe, just maybe, we need to turn the TV off for an hour and go outside or read a book or something.
'The Bachelor Australia' Airs on Wednesdays And Thursdays At 7.30pm on 10, 10 play and WIN Network.
Featured image: Network 10.