Apparition

Unexplained occurrences take place at an eerie farmhouse, as two grieving sisters with a complicated relationship find themselves entangled between the past and the present, while trying to make sense of guilt, grief and loss.

  • Alicia Pavlis
    Director
  • Alicia Pavlis
    Writer
  • Alicia Pavlis
    Producer
  • Alicia Pavlis
    Key Cast
    Predestination, Glitch
  • Phoebe Wilson-Lee
    Key Cast
  • Vivienne Perry
    Key Cast
    Blood Vessel
  • Leo Evershed
    Director of Photography
  • Caroline Grunewald
    First Assistant Director
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Thriller
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 37 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 14, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    3,600 AUD
  • Country of Origin:
    Australia
  • Country of Filming:
    Australia
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Alicia Pavlis

She/Her
Actor and artist Alicia Pavlis marks her short film directorial debut with “Apparition”, shot in country Victoria, Australia. Alicia has worked as an actor, writer, and photographer while also offering coaching and support to early career actors and creatives while developing her skills as a director and screenwriter.

As an actor Alicia has featured in the Netflix series Glitch, ABC’s Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, and in the sci-fi cult mind bender Predestination. Alicia has also appeared in countless TV commercials across Australia since her teens and continues to work as an actor alongside her budding filmmaking career.

In addition to working the arts Alicia is an advocate for mental health awareness. Her passion for telling stories is inspired by her lifelong desire to see a world that is progress focused with the forward momentum of humanity through art, culture, science, politics, and a deeper understanding of mental health through story telling.
Her aim is to create and tell stories that start and contribute to important conversations about mental health, environmental awareness, community and personal growth.

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Director Statement

Apparition follows the ethereal entanglement between two grieving sisters who are each impacted by grief in different ways. The film explores this though quiet moments of beauty and isolation with the eerie presence of something ghostly around the sisters.

I wanted to tell a story that feels like slipping in and out of a dream state, where grief lingers like a haunting presence. I wanted the characters and mood of this short film to portray this strange experience.

My own experiences with grief were part of the inspiration for this passion project. I also wanted to test my breadth of experience by taking on a variety of roles to create this film.
As an actor, I drew upon 20 years of experience. As a writer I’m fairly new to screen writing so this film is my first opportunity to develop, and bring a story to fruition. I was also very excited to challenge myself with the role of directing, producing and editing the film myself. It has been an incredible learning experience that has solidified my passion, drive, and understanding of filmmaking and storytelling.