Guppy is a third-year VCA graduate film, directed and written by Charles Richardson.
Guppy is a romantic drama about the first trial of new, young love. Set against the backdrop of the foreign world of Tokyo, Guppy separates the two lovers.
When Lindsay accidentally boards the last train back to their hotel without Lucas, the two quickly realise that communication is the only thing that can bring them back together. Armed with a 4% battery, and unaired tension, Lucas and Lindsay’s relationship explodes over three real-time phone calls.
Guppy is a film about how our fear of losing love gets in the way being loved.
Guppy pushes the idea that, as humans, our greatest gift is our ability to express how we feel, and communicate what’s on our mind. Even greater, is the responsibility to listen. To me, this is the most important thing in any relationship. To understand that you need to be just as impassioned about understanding one’s grievances as you are about voicing your own.
This is a film about empathy, and the mistakes we make when trying to protect ourselves from being hurt. I feel obliged to tell this story, as these themes aren’t exclusive to my experience, but are learning curves that we’ve all had to encounter while growing up.
This is a film asking you to care about the person next to you, and I honestly think right now, that’s something worth supporting.
All of the donations will be used to feed, house, and move our small five person crew to Tokyo, Japan. The shoot will take place over four days, and will result in a ten minute short film. The film will premiere in December at ACMI, in Melbourne. Guppy will then be pushed into the festival circuit, where we hope it will achieve great things.