Synopsis A young gay man is hiding an embarrassing secret about his body. When a long-term crush begins seducing him at a party, he is forced to confront his shame and expose the truth, or risk losing the boy of his dreams.
Director’s Statement 2007 was a big year for me. I turned 21, I came out to my friends and family, and I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. Three years later the disease caused my large intestine to perforate. I was rushed to hospital and had an emergency ileectomy (the removal of part of my bowel). I awoke the next day in ICU with an unexpected addition to my body – a colostomy bag. I was still a virgin. How would I find a boyfriend looking like this?
My film, Boldly Go, is a coming-of-age love story that examines the emotional transition from shame to acceptance. Shame is a burden frequently shared by those in both the queer and differently-abled communities. It is the toxic manifestation of a society that frequently tells us we are either unwanted or insufficient. Overcoming shame requires an individual to accept themselves for who they truly are, and to share that person honestly and openly with others.
I believe this is an important story to tell as there are very few screen stories that explore the challenges of living with an ostomy. There are approximately 44,000 people currently living with an ostomy in Australia and an estimated half a million in the United States of America.
Production Boldly Go was written, directed and produced as part of my Graduate Certificate in Directing at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. The film was shot on October 9, 2018 at the AFTRS studios and post-production was completed in early 2019. Shortly after completion, the film received a market screening at the 72nd Festival de Cannes Short Film Corner. Boldly Go is currently on it’s festival circuit and will be available for viewing online in late 2020.
Synopsis A conflicted office worker's first visit to an addiction support group takes a strange turn when an alluring young woman makes him an unthinkable offer. As tensions build he must choose between indulging his darkest urges and maintaining his fledgling sobriety.
Production I directed Unravelled (a dark comedy written by Lachlan Marks) as part of my Graduate Certificate in Directing at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. The film was shot by Julian Panetta, inside one of the AFTRS classrooms on August 18, 2018. Post-production was completed in early 2019.
Screenings Unravelled has recently begun it’s festival circuit. It will be available for viewing online in 2020.
Synopsis I created this one minute experimental film for my application into the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. The brief: “Using sound and images, submit a 1 minute video essay about yourself, but in which you do not appear. We are looking for a sense of who you are as a creative cinematic storyteller and what you want to say to an audience.”
I decided to make a video scrapbook documenting the highs and lows of my twenties. I wanted the film to evoke a nostalgic celebration for the subtle joys in life, and to remind the viewer to remain hopeful and positive, even when faced with pain and adversity. It’s one of my favourite things I have ever made.
Synopsis BiPolar is a satirical comedy about a manic-depressive Santa Clause addicted to Christmas. The film exposes Santa's sordid off-peak existence, when the newly fallen snow turns muddied and sugarplums go rotten.
Production I wrote and directed this film in the final year of my undergraduate film degree at Queensland University of Technology when I was 22. Shot on 16mm film over five days, the film premiered at the 2009 Queensland New Filmmaker Awards.
Awards Most Popular Film -2009 Warner Roadshow Studios Queensland New Filmmaker Awards.
Director’s Statement Guess Who is a short experimental film about gender stereotyping and sexual identity. It criticises the absurd, categorical-based understanding of sexuality maintained in mainstream society. The film also questions the social expectation for individuals to categorise themselves. I made this film when I was 21, at a time when when I found these expectations to be extremely isolating and damaging to my mental health (but the dressing-up was a lot of fun).
Official Selection Brisbane Queer Film Festival 2008