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Beautiful Hollow - Short Film

Beautiful Hollows follows a broken 20-year-old, who, during another unproductive therapy session, flashes back and forth between life moments. Almost as a third presence, we watch this unique and extremely close relationship between Piper and her single mum. But it's when their pettie arguments turn violent, do we see Piper’s harsh reality and suffocating cycle.

We experience mental and physical abuse alongside her as she must learn to confront her mum, forgive her past and save her younger self. This is a raw, subtle and real coming of age about life, memory, lost childhood, abuse, forgiveness and accepting your past but changing your story. 

  • Bianca Sappey
    Director
  • Bianca Sappey
    Writer
  • Hayden Huynh
    Producer
  • Liam Regent
    Producer
  • Hayden Huynh
    1st Assistant Director
  • Larrisa Skidmore-Trovato
    Casting
  • Michael Bates
    Executive Producer
  • David J Smith
    Executive Producer
  • Saffron Murphy
    Cinematographer
  • Sasha O'Brien
    Production Design and Continuity
  • Nathan Hayes
    1st Assistant Camera
  • Brendan Hau
    Gaffer
  • Rebecca Speed
    Make Up and Styling
  • Nino Small
    Audio Supervisor
  • Ben Hipwell
    Boom Operator
  • Bee Hambilton
    Lapel Microphones
  • Adam Garden
    Stunt and Fight Coordinator
  • Kyle Rowling
    Stunt and Fight Coordinator
  • Jenny Wu
    On Set Photographer
  • Aidan Parkes
    Editor
  • Bianca Sappey
    Narrative Editor
  • Ryan Stevens
    Assistant Editor
  • Bee Hambilton
    Colourist
  • Hayden Huynh
    Titles, Posters, Mastering
  • Bianca Sappey
    Trailers
  • Liam Regent
    Trailers
  • Nino Small
    Sound Mixing
  • Simon Calder
    Soundtrack Composer
  • Moses Rodriguez
    Posters
  • Hayden Huynh
    Posters
  • Bianca Sappey
    Posters
  • Nino Small
    Posters
  • Bianca Sappey
    Behind The Scenes Director
  • Jacob Thompson
    Behind The Scenes Director and Cinematographer
  • Hayden Huynh
    Behind The Scenes Producer, Behind The Scenes Editor and Colourist
  • Liam Regent
    Behind The Scenes Producer
  • Jaidyn Smith
    Behind The Scenes Cinematographer
  • Nino Small
    Behind The Scenes Audio
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Coming of Age
  • Runtime:
    19 minutes 39 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 2, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 AUD
  • Country of Origin:
    Australia
  • Country of Filming:
    Australia
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    RED
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director - Bianca Sappey
Director Statement

Beautiful Hollow at it’s core resides as an acted documentary and coming of age. From its cinematography, lighting, acting, sets and costumes we aimed to represent a real family, with real issues and traumatic moments. To add, this film refuses to shy away from the confronting, unpleasant aspects of life yet shows the beauty and honesty of its flaws. For me, I aimed to bring a personal and typically unheard story to light that realistically depicts the joy and sadness of a single mother/daughter relationship as well as abuse. All universal themes of memory, time, childhood, trauma, growth and family are wrapped up in one very specific, hidden, situation. For only those that have experienced this, truly understand it.

As a director, it was my duty to tell this story as realistic and uniquely as possible. For to showcase anything less would be an insult to my past self and others affected. Throughout this process, complete trust and a comfortable, positive atmosphere amongst our crew was crucial and hopefully, succeeded.

I hope audiences are confronted yet changed by Piper’s story with long overdue conversations emerging and ideas of abuse, challenged. In the end, BH encourages audiences to find light amongst dark, inspire hope in those who suffered and provide a catalyst for change, I could have used growing up.