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In The Clouds - AFTRS Graduate Short Film

In The Clouds - AFTRS Graduate Short Film

New South Wales, Australia
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'In The Clouds' is a 15 minute psychological horror short film that follows a single mother, May, plagued by the death of her 6 year old son. Her psyche unravels as she is haunted by his memory and becomes consumed by the drowning accident that took away his life.

The film I'm making brings the psychology of grief to life through the lens of horror. While exploring these universal themes of guilt, regret and loss, 'In The Clouds' is a melancholic film that offers a dramatic visual experience as May's waves of emotions manifest themselves on screen.

Drawing on influences from, 'A Ghost Story', 'Black Swan' and 'Hereditary', the film is quiet and contemplative in nature; allowing for moments of stillness to possess a feeling of eerie mystery. Note: there is NO gore or physical/sexual violence*

At its heart, ‘In The Clouds’ is a story about love. A film that examines the love that mothers possess over their children - an unbreakable bond. Letting go, accepting, and moving on is an immensely difficult task born from heartbreak. Ultimately, the film asks: can a grieving mother really overcome the guilt attached to losing a child?

The owner of this listing has agreed to abide by local 'working with children' regulations. All minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Audition / Rehearsal / Production dates

SHOOT DATES: Thursday 5th Nov - Thursday 12th Nov

Note: Only the character May will be required onset everyday.

Job payment

Unpaid – this is a collaboration opportunity - Catering provided and travel costs reimbursed.

Collaborations should create mutual benefit and are usually amateur, student or 'Time for Print' projects.


Monday 23rd - Monday 30th November 2020

Note: Only the character MAY will be needed everyday.

Edited 14 October 2020

MAY (Lead)

As a single mother, May’s resilience is engrained deeply in her character. Her love and loyalty to her son is paramount. Subsequently, she neglects her own needs - always putting too much pressure on herself and blaming herself vehemently if something goes wrong. May desperately feels the need to prove herself and that she doesn’t need anyone to speak for her - especially her older sister, Belle. After her son’s death, May will face her biggest challenge: letting go of her guilt and moving on.

Female, aged 30 to 37

Applications closed 1 January 2021.


As May’s older sister, Belle has always been hard on her. Since their childhood, Belle has always channelled her frustrations towards May. Having two children herself, she understands the difficulties a mother goes through. However, Belle didn’t have to go through the same challenges as a single mother. This causes a lack of empathy and even when her intentions are pure, there is often tension between her and May.

Female, aged 35 to 45

Applications closed 1 January 2021.


Tom is a curious and artistic child. Unlike the other kids, he prefers the safety and comfort of the indoors. Not having a father in his life has had its influence on Tom. He understands the difficulties his mother is going through and does not usually ask questions. He keeps to himself, even and especially when he’s in a sticky situation. Always wanting to solve his own problems - much like his mother in that regard - he is also stubborn and hard on himself.

Male, aged 6 to 8

Applications closed 1 January 2021.


James embodies the same pure energy and compassion that Tom holds. This is exactly why May is surprised during her encounter with him. It’s a pivotal moment for our protagonist, that acts as a form of catharsis for May’s journey. This is because James takes notice of May’s sadness and doesn’t judge her. James knows that it’s okay to be sad and is the only character who truly empathises with May.

Male, aged 7 to 10

Applications closed 1 January 2021.

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Listing created: 4 October 2020
Applications closed: 1 January 2021
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