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Prison Apolonia

Made in 1995 and shot 16mm. A satiric comedy that tells the story of Mohamed and his misadventures with transgender Apolonia.

  • Simon Elrahi
  • Simon Elrahi
  • Simon Elrahi
  • Simon Elrahi
    Key Cast
  • Darryl Cooper
    Key Cast
  • Leonard Choice
    Key Cast
  • Theo Burns
    Key Cast
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    18 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 15, 1995
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 AUD
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  • Melbourne "Watch My Shorts" International Film Festival
    September 9, 1996
    Best Film and Sound
Director Biography - Simon Elrahi

A graduate from The Actors Centre and Australian Film, Television and Radio School in Sydney, Simon has been working as an Actor, Writer, Director, Producer and Editor since 1994 performing in various roles in film, television and theatre. He has a long list of credits, starring in multi-award winning films and television series.

Simon also owns Simon Shepherd Productions, dedicated to making unique and diverse stories for the screen. He is a writer, director, producer and editor of various award winning short and feature films. His work nominated and winning various awards locally and internationally.

His short feature "Flow", which he wrote, directed, produced and edited won Best Film for Simon Elrahi and Best Actor for Osamah Sami and nominated for Best Director and Best Drama for Simon Elrahi at the 2017 inaugural Sydney Indie Film Festival. It has also won the Award of Excellence at the 2018 indie-Fest Film Awards, Best Shorts Competition and Accolade Global film Competition. It also won Best Drama at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards. It also won the Panavision Australia 2017, Best Film Award at the Lebanese Film Festival (Australia).

As a writer, Simon has developed several feature films, all at various stages of development. "Understanding Anatomy" has had two rounds of development funding from the New South Wales Film and Television Office. It was twice short-listed for Screen Australia's prestigious Aurora program, short-listed for Project Greenlight's competition and Indi-visions project lab and script development programs. It was also a finalist at the Los Angeles based BlueCat screenplay competition. In 2019, it was semi-finalist at the Australia Independent Film Awards.

In 2021 both features "Understanding Anatomy" and "Trapped" were semi-finalist at the Boston Screenplay Awards.

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