‘Perisher’ Is a ten minute deadpan comedy about people trying to find their way in a forgotten town. In the middle of the night a retired racehorse has escaped. Charlotte has just graduated high school and wants to move away to bigger and better things. Takeshi is stuck in a rut, unsure where his life is going after losing his job at the closing mine. By chance these three characters come to a head and Takeshi realises that sometimes even if you don’t know where you’re going, moving forward is better than standing still.
‘Perisher’ is about one character lost and paralysed by an undefined future and another blindly optimistic about the same uncertainty.
Drawing on the comedic cynicism of directors like Aki Kaurismaki and Roy Anderson in an Australian landscape we’re exploring the excitement and fear that comes with change.
‘Perisher’ will be shot on 16mm film to cement the story in the past, taking reference from the nostalgic and dreamlike work of photographers such as Todd Hido and William Broadhurst.
The script for Perisher was the recipient of two Victorian College of the Arts Awards:
The Orloff Family Charitable Trust Scholarship for Best Production Script (BFA – Film & Television)
Panavision Australia Best Overall Production Script Award.
Donations will go towards essential resources needed to complete this project. This will include the buying and developing of film stock, food and transportation for our hardworking cast and crew, production design elements such as props and set dressing, and a horse wrangler. All donations through the ACF over $1 are tax deductible.
The film will be screened at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in December and subsequently be entered into to film festivals domestically and internationally.