Experiencing Interruptions?


A troubled young man full of bravado shares a secret with his girlfriend that reveals a tragic vulnerability.

  • Matthew Richards
    First Contact, Automata, Beginner's Luck, The Disappearance of Willie Bingham
  • Nicholas Denton
  • Arielle Thomas
  • Nicholas Denton
    Key Cast
  • Emily Wheaton
    Key Cast
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  • Runtime:
    15 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    February 28, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 AUD
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  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
    English, Russian
  • Shooting Format:
    Arri Alexa HD
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Cannes Short Film Corner
    May 14, 2014
    French Market
  • Melbourne International Film Festiva;
    Melbourne, Australia
    August 15, 2014
    World Premiere
  • Raindance Film Festival
    September 24, 2014
    UK Premiere
  • Oaxaca Film Fest
    October 5, 2014
    Mexican Premiere
  • San Francisco International Festival of Short Films
    October 16, 2014
    North American Premiere
    Special Recognition for Direction
  • Flickerfest 24th International Short Film Festival
    Sydney, Australia
    January 8, 2015
    NSW premiere
  • DC Independent Film Festival
    Washington DC
    February 25, 2015
  • Siliguri International Short Film and Documentary Festival
    November 15, 2014
    Indian Premiere
  • St Kilda Film Festival
    May 21, 2015
    Won Best actor, Nominated Best Film
  • FIKE International Short Film Festival
    June 9, 2015
    Portugese Premiere
    Special Mention 'Best Actor'
  • 2015 Mosaic World Film Festival
    Rockford, Illinois
    August 7, 2015
    Best Narrative Short Film
  • Down Under Berlin Film Festival
    Berlin, Germany
    September 16, 2015
    German Premiere
  • No Gloss Film Leeds Independent Film Festival
    Leeds UK
    October 12, 2015
Director Biography - Matthew Richards

Matt Richards is a Melbourne-based director with a drive for creating thought-provoking narrative. He works at the National Gallery of Victoria as a director, videographer and editor.
Matt holds an Advanced Diploma in Film & Television (Western Australian School of Art & Design, 2000) and a Master of Directing Narrative (Victorian College of the Arts, 2011). He has a background in editing, lighting and post-production.
His body of work as a director spans music videos, short films and documentaries, television commercials and corporate communications. Matt's achievements include:
• MEART – The Semi Living Artist (2004), a collaborative film/science project by biological arts lab SymbioticA, exhibited in Australia, Germany, Russia, Spain and the USA
• The Super 8 Diaries (2005-2008), a four-year music documentary on the underground Australian rock/punk community
• First Contact (2011), short drama, winner of eight awards, screened competitively at 30 festivals in 16 countries
• Rabbit (2014), short drama, received Special Recognition for Direction (San Francisco International Festival of Short Films) and selection for the Melbourne International Film Festival's acclaimed emerging director program, Accelerator
• The Disappearance of Willie Bingham (2015), short psychological horror, recipient of Screen Australia Hot Shots funding

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Director Statement

Rabbit is a film about grief; how we attempt to mask it and how it inevitably finds it's way out.

I also wanted to play with an inciting incident that has already happened before the film begins which has the bonus of creating a very dramatic twist and shift half way through.