When serial temp Olivia steps into an elevator for her 46th job this century, she needs to make this one stick. Inside she meets strait-laced Simon preparing for a nerve-wracking rooftop marriage proposal. Despite a disastrous first impression, confusing office politics, interfering colleagues and Simon’s impending nuptials, these two might just fall in love. One elevator ride at a time.

  • Zoe Pepper
    The Big Spaghetti, Into The Jungle, The Confidence Man, The Wives Of Hemingway , The Lobotomist, Fiddler's Coin, The Pride
  • Lucy Durack
  • Jess Murray
  • Leon Murray
  • Lauren Elliott
    Squinters, Sando, The Legend of Gavin Tanner, The Shapes, DAFUQ?, The Write Stuff with Noel and Carl Pennyman, It's A Snap, Set Yourself Free.
  • Chloe Rickard (Executive Producer)
    Head of Production at Jungle.
  • Lucy Durack
    Key Cast
    Sisters (Netflix), The Letdown (ABC/Netflix), Wicked The Musical (GFO), Legally Blonde The Musical (GFO), Doctor Doctor (Nine Network), Now Add Honey (Gristmill), Private Lives (MTC)
  • Duncan Ragg
    Key Cast
    "Rabbit Boy/Simon"
  • Mark Coles Smith
    Key Cast
    Picnic at Hanging Rock, Last Cab To Darwin
  • Vivienne Garett
    Key Cast
    The Norman Gunston Show, Number 96
  • Project Type:
    Web / New Media
  • Runtime:
    24 minutes 47 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 22, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    70,000 AUD
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  • Cinefest Oz 2018
    August 24, 2018
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Zoe Pepper

Zoe is a writer and director for film, theatre, television and participatory gaming. Zoe is a recipient of Screenwest’s 2017 Feature Navigator program – a development track that is allowing her to write her debut feature script, following ten years as one of Western Australia’s top theatre directors. She was also a recipient of the 2014 Creative Australia Fellowship to develop interactive digital experiences. In May 2017, Zoe premiered her first audio work for children, Into the Jungle, at DreamBig Festival in Adelaide. In 2013, Zoe directed and co-wrote The Confidence Man, which premiered at Arts House and has since secured a season with Perth Theatre Company and a national tour in 2015. She also directed and co-wrote award winning production, The Wives of Hemingway, which played as part of Perth’s Fringe World Festival 2013. From 2011 to 2012, Zoe worked with Sydney Theatre Company developing The Lobotomist and devising/directing Fiddler’s Coin as part of the Money Shots series. In 2014, the Tamarama Rock Surfers in Sydney presented Zoe’s work, The Pride, for the show’s fifth season. For screen, Zoe has written, directed and co-produced two short films and an online comedy short. She is currently in post-production on The Big Spaghetti, a web series she directed and co-wrote with Tim Watts and Adriane Daff. Zoe has studied film directing at AFTRS, acting at WAAPA and performance at the Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris.

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Director Statement

The best challenge of Lift was finding ways to keep the story visually interesting inside a small wooden box. The narrative follows a classic rom com structure as we watch Olivia and Simon meet cute and find love through their brief encounters. I wanted to really lean into the authenticity of the love story and mine Olivia and Simon’s relationship for as much emotional depth as possible in such a short space of time. It’s fun, snackable content with a big heart.