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Black Rat

BLACK RAT is a documentary about Sydney's own Real Life Superhero, The Black Rat, who prowls the streets of Newtown at night in his crusade against crime. The documentary reveals his motivations and his past trauma that drove him to not only improve himself but the community he lives in.

BLACK RAT was made as Perry Lam's student film as part of his film course in Macquarie University.

  • Perry Lam
    Director- Midnight Theatre
  • Molly Haddon
  • Perry Lam
  • Sarah Grant
  • Ryan Wai
    Production Designer
  • Ryan Wai
    Sound Designer
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 55 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 28, 2015
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  • Sunshine Short Film Festival
    Sunshine, Victoria, Australia
    October 30, 2015
    Australian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Substation's First Take Screening
    Singapore, Singapore
    November 2, 2015
    Singapore Premiere
    Official Selection
  • November Fest Short Film Festival
    December 4, 2015
    Official Selection
  • Wiper Film Festival
    New York, New York
    United States
    April 30, 2016
    North American Premiere
  • Superhero Short Film Fest
    Midland, Michigan
    United States
    Honorable Mention
  • Phoenix Comicon Film Festival
    Phoenix, Arizona
    United States
    June 2, 2016
    Best Documentary
  • Short Film Showcase
    July 9, 2016
  • Direct Monthly Online Film Festival

    July 3, 2016
    Special Mention of the Month
  • International Monthly Film Festival
    August 26, 2016
    Best Documentary (Student)
Director Biography - Perry Lam

Perry is a film student in Macquarie University. Prior to pursuing his passion for film in university, he was stationed on an American naval base for 2 years as a military policeman and on multiple occasions, was handpicked to be part of the Singaporean Prime Minister’s security detail.

Perry has had experience directing, editing and production designing several of his own short films as well as a karaoke video, which he does not like to talk about. He has also been part of professional and student productions back home in Singapore, ranging from arthouse shorts to a condom commercial, which he also does not like to talk about. Perry aims to one day be a professional film director, currently he has directed 2 short films, 'Midnight Theatre' and 'Black Rat'. In his free time, besides going to the movies, he loves to drink beer, eat fried chicken and watch professional wrestling, if possible, all at the same time.

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Director Statement

I would like to say first that BLACK RAT is a student film. BLACK RAT was made as my student film as part of my film course in Macquarie University.

BLACK RAT is my take on the 80s neon thriller reworked into a documentary about a real life superhero. I was captivated by the story of The Black Rat, a real life superhero who patrols the neon lit streets of Newtown, a notorious part of Sydney. What attracted me to his crusade against crime was how ordinary he really is. Unlike most real life superheroes, who come across as nutjobs fulfilling a fantasy or are desperate fame seekers, The Black Rat is driven by his traumatic life experiences to make sure no one has to suffer like he did.

While we had to tell his story in an interesting manner, I shied away from painting The Black Rat as a joke. We wanted to tell his story seriously, he isn't a man in a costume but a man who wants to serve his community, he is not a real life superhero, he is a neighborhood watchman.

Thus, this film is the result of us doing justice to his story as a man serving his community.