When tragedy strikes a small coastal town, those effected must decide to either pick up the pieces and confront there own misgivings or allow the cycle to continue.

  • Ryan A. Murphy
  • Nicholas Denton
  • Arielle Thomas
  • Nicholas Denton
  • Ryan A. Murphy
  • Eva Seymour
    Key Cast
  • Nicholas Denton
    Key Cast
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  • Genres:
    Drama, Romance
  • Runtime:
    16 minutes 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 18, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 AUD
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    HD 1.85:1
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  • Flickerfest
    January 8, 2017
    World Premier
  • St Kilda Film Festival
    May 18, 2017
    Victorian Premier
    Opening Night Screening
Director Biography - Ryan A. Murphy

Ryan A. Murphy is an actor, producer and director. In 2010, Ryan received a Best Supporting Actor nomination from the Music Theatre Guild of Victoria for his portrayal of Alexander Molokov in Chess. In 2012 he undertook a secondment at the Melbourne Theatre Company, working on the play Helicopter, under the tutelage of director Leticia Caceres. Ryan’s directing credits span across theatre and film. Recently he directed Patch Adams Productions inaugural play Out of Gas on Lovers Leap, which was followed by a production of Trainspotting for Four Letter Word Theatre. In 2014 Ryan was selected to participate in the MTC NEON Festival Directing Masterclass. His acting credits cross from theatre and film and include, Outside the Box at Chapel off Chapel (Candlelight Productions), True West (Gusty Productions) at Gasworks Theatre and The Man of Mode (RL Productions), at Chapel off Chapel. Ryan is excited to present his film directorial debut with Patch Adams Productions’ Pillars.

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Director Statement

Pillars is a story for now. It shines a light on a subject that is still fighting for the national spot light. It examines human reaction to loss and tragedy in a stagnate and complacent environment. The film is about growth, identity and struggle. In order to convey these themes, I relied heavily
on the abilities of our cast. Creating strong back stories and encouraging the actors to improvise around the text, was key to making the action and interactions between characters organic.
Similarly the sharp eye of our cinematographer, Thom Neal, with his lose camera movements, allowed the cast the freedom to inhabit their characters fully. I found this enabled them to engage every part of their bodies, not just what was in shot. We give you the tip of the iceberg, however our story has much more beneath its surface. We’ve created a raw, in your face, up close and personal film that will hopefully leave its audience contemplating.