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

  • Zoe Pepper
  • Jess Murray
  • Leon Murray
  • Lucy Durack
  • Lauren Elliott
  • Lucy Durack
    Key Cast
    Sisters, The Letdown, Wicked
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    Comedy, Romance, Drama
  • Completion Date:
    February 2, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    70,000 AUD
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  • CinefestOz
    August 24, 2018
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Melbourne Webfest
    July 21, 2019
    Melbourne Premiere
    Best Australian Drama Nominee, Best Screenplay Nominee, Best Supporting Actor Nominee, Best Lead Actor Nominee
    August 31, 2019
    Sydney Premiere
Distribution Information
  • 10peach
    Country: Australia
    Rights: Free TV
  • 10play
    Country: Australia
    Rights: Video on Demand
  • youtube
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: Internet
Director Biography - Zoe Pepper

ZOE PEPPER is a writer and director for film and theatre. She is drawn to morally complex stories that expose the contradictions of human behaviour. She is a recipient of Screenwest’s prestigious Feature Navigator program and an Australia Council Creative Australia Fellowship.

Zoe is the artistic director of Side Pony Productions, the company she creates her theatre work through. For screen Zoe directed and co-wrote The Big Spaghetti which premiered in the USA at Slamdance Film Festival. For this work Zoe was awarded an Australian Directors’ Guild Award for best direction in an Online Comedy Series.

For stage Zoe directed and co-wrote The Irresistible, which was nominated for Best Play at the Helpmann Awards. Other directing credits include HIR (Black Swan), Lift (web series for Mad Kids) The Confidence Man (Side Pony, Perth Theatre Company), The Pride (Side Pony, Perth Theatre Company), Money Shots (Sydney Theatre Company).

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Director Statement

LIFT is an incredibly entertaining web series within the confines of an elevator. The natural comedic abilities of Lucy and Duncan is the foundation of the series and all stylistic and creative decisions were made with a view to support and strengthen their performances.
Having directed theatre for the past decade my biggest strength as a director is my ability to work with actors and direct performance; this is the aspect of the job where I am the most experienced and equipped.
The extremely defined parameters of the series meant that I had the opportunity to hone the other aspects of my craft in a confined creative space. I relished the challenge of making the world of LIFT so much more than the inside of an elevator. Shooting entirely within the confines of an elevator forced me to be inventive with design and shot choices to ensure that the series had movement, pace and originality.