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A true story of family survival, STRIPPED follows the Dupré family's life on the run, trying to create a sense of normalcy while living in a tent, and using their wits to stay together while the government tracks them down. Stripped questions what makes a home; what is considered a fit mother? Four brick walls under the government’s care preyed on by predators or a flimsy canvas tent filled with an unconventional mother’s love?

  • India Dupré
    LOST, Home James, Friendly Advice
  • Dean Cundey, ASC
    Dir. of Photography
    Jurassic Park, Back to the Future, Apollo 13
  • Katheryn Winnick
    Key Cast
    Vikings, The Dark Tower, Love and Other Drugs, Bones, House, Geostorm
  • Melissa Bickerton
    Key Cast
    Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, LOST, Code Black, Saving Mr. Banks
  • Alan Shearman
    Key Cast
    Happy Feet, Escape From New York
  • India Dupré
    Friendly Advice
  • Kurt Oldman
    Original Score
    Guardians of the Galaxy, Quantico
  • Nick Heyward
    Original Song
    Haircut 100, "Love Plus One", "Fantastic Day", "Kite"
  • India Dupre
    RING, Solo Together, The Get Together, Friendly Advice, Weddings Inc, Grown Ups
  • Georgia Eisner
    Making Change, Sahara
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    13 minutes 35 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 29, 2017
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    United States
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  • Los Angeles International Shorts Fest "LA SHORTS FEST"
    Los Angeles, California
    United States
    September 7, 2016
    North American Premiere
  • Edmonton International Film Festival "EIFF" Jury Award, Audience Award
    Edmonton, Alberta
    October 6, 2016
    Canadian Premiere
    People's Choice Award and Best Actress Award by Jury
  • Cleveland International Film Festival
    United States
    March 31, 2017
    Official Selection
  • Playhouse West International Film Festival
    Los Angeles, California
    United States
    May 25, 2017
    Audience Award Best Short Film Drama
  • Artemis Women in Action Film Festival
    Los Angeles, California
    United States
    April 28, 2017
    Official Selection
  • Crested Butte Film Festival
    Crested Butte, Colorado
    United States
    October 6, 2018
    Best Short Film nomination
Director Biography - India Dupré

India Dupré is a British born, Australian raised writer, director and performer.

The first in her family to attend college, she received her BA from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television, magna cum laude and served as the youngest member on the UCLA TFTV Alumni Board.

A member of the Stella Adler Players, Playhouse West and Groundling, she has directed over 15 plays (including her favorite: Les Miserables) at an 800 seat Auditorium in California.

Katheryn Winnick (Vikings) came on board to play India’s real life mother.
Dean Cundey, ASC (Jurassic Park, Back to the Future) served as DP and Breck Eisner (Sahara, The Crazies) as her mentor. Panavision New Film Maker’s Grant provided state of the art ARRI cameras.

She is currently in pre-production on the feature length version of STRIPPED to be filmed in Australia and finishing up Venice of America – a TV pilot.

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Director Statement

STRIPPED, is based on my wild and adventurous youth, moving over ninety times across Australia. My mother appeared topless on postcards and souvenirs across the land. What drove my mother, a reserved Mormon back in England to become a stripper?

I began writing STRIPPED in an attempt to make sense of my many colorful but often traumatic childhood memories. Had I really been in a Government run child work camp with my brother and sister where we were treated as slaves and not given shoes in order to keep us from running away? Could we really have been told that our mother was dead? Surely this must have been something I imagined.

I was able to confirm my memories and trace hundreds of documents through the Freedom of Information Act pertaining to my childhood, my mother, and our life on the run. This helped me put together a very complex puzzle.

I wrote STRIPPED not only for my family but also for all the victims of Fairbridge and the ‘White Australia’ schemes. I hope that STRIPPED will give validation to those children that survived and will pay homage to those less fortunate who perished.

STRIPPED is a constant reminder that, sadly, cruelty to others exists in places that no one would ever suspect. STRIPPED is a tribute to the power of mothers throughout the world who will sacrifice and do anything to provide for their family.

As the Australian Prime Minister said in his official apology in 2009, let Fairbridge serve as, “A turning point for shattered lives. A turning point for governments at all levels and of every political hue and colour to do all in our power to never let this happen again.” To turn the “Forgotten Australians” into remembered ones.