A delightfully deadpan short written and directed by Melbourne-based filmmaker Gabriel Francis. “Perisher” is Gabriel’s graduate film from the Victorian College of the Arts and has screened at the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival as well as the Melbourne International Film Festival. It tells the story of a high school graduate, a geologist, and a retired racehorse who face uncertain futures in a small town. As Gabriel explains, the film is a mediation on times of transition and the changes that come to us unexpectedly:

“It deals with a feeling of paralysis; when all that grounds you seems to be shifting. I was very lucky to work with our lead, Shingo Usami (The Terror: Infamy, 2019). He uses subtle expression in his body language so effectively for this mostly silent role.”

Check out “Perisher” above as well as some behind-the-scenes images from the shoot below!


Shingo Usami
Anjelica Angwin
Geraldine Hickey
Peter Murphy
Odin B. Fernandez
Mayumi Nobetsu
Mia & Yoto Kajimoto

Written & Directed by Gabriel Francis
Produced by Lachlan Pezet & Odin B. Fernandez
Director of Photography: Thom Neal
Production Designer: Ranima Montes
Composer: Patrick Mooney
Editor: Dylan Harris
1st AC: Alanna Raif, Brendan Cherry
2nd AC: Yannick Jamey
Gaffer: Harrison Kennedy
Best Boy: James Moriarty
Sound: Leanne De Leo
Art Director: Jesse Clarke
Graphic Designer: Carissa Jackson
Makeup: Laura Du Ve
1st AD: Kerri Ann Foweraker
Script Supervisor: Julian Philip Nevill
Safety Supervisor: Reg Roordink
Stunt Assistant: Adam Kanngieser
Horse Wrangler: Adam Kanngieser, Daman Eccles
Catering: Samantha Holmes
Unit Manager: Kristen Ong
Stills: Tommy Hart
Online Editor: Declan Loughran
Sound Mixer: Ramsay De Marco
Edit Consultant: Cindy Clarkson
Supervising Producer: Andrew O’Keefe
VCA Screen Production Coordinator: Donna Hensler
Post Production Supervisor: Gordon Lyon






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