The first 3D-animated short from solo filmmaker Lukas Xuereb, 'Unrequited' is set in the dying hours of a wedding reception, where our melancholic hero comes to the personal realisation that he has fallen in love with his best mate.

  • Lukas Xuereb
    Writer and Animator
  • Rhoda Cameron
    Sound Design
  • Cernes De La Cruz
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Romance, LGTBI, Gay Interest
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 16 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 6, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
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    Digital, 1080p
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  • ATOM Awards
    Melbourne, Victoria
    November 24, 2016
    Australian Premier
    Finalist - Best Tertiary Animation
Director Biography

Emerging writer and animator, Lukas Xuereb was born, bred and cut his teeth (and more often had teeth cut on him) in the far northern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia.

He is first generation Australian of mixed-European ancestry, with an alternative evangelical family faith. Growing up gay in a sexually conservative landscape, there were never a shortage of hurdles to overcome, challenges to face or imposed troubles to face head on and to transform with a ‘meat-grinder’ mentality, and enables a solid platform for his ongoing creative practice.

'Unrequited' is his inaugural animation project.

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Director Statement

"Preparation for this film, which was the major project for the completion of my Animation Degree, began typically just as my personal life hit another significant and emotionally tumultuous milestone.

'Unrequited' provided a creative focus and subsequently a cathartic release that was essential to my sense of self and mental health awareness. I believe this project encapsulates those private moments of self-awareness and subsequent transformation and that are often discovered in those moments of weakened emotional sensitivity. This thinking around social norms and cultural belonging means a lot to me and I hope for others too; these are my reasons for sharing it."