Private Project


A young man's repetitive day is suddenly altered by the unexpected companionship of an adventurous and unpredictable stranger.

  • Lucas Bugeja
  • Matthew Bugeja
  • Matthew Bugeja
  • Jasmin Watkins
  • Alexander Vlahos
    Key Cast
  • Sinead Brown
    Key Cast
  • Tom Murdock
    Supporting Cast
  • Marielle Intveld
    Supporting Cast
  • Ceejay Singh
    Supporting Cast
  • Natasha Luscri
    Supporting Cast
  • Matthew Bugeja
    Director of Photography
  • Andrew Lang
    Original Score
  • Emily Mohor
    Script Supervisor
  • Sabrina Einecke
    Assistant Producer
  • Bradley Bugeja
    Production Assistant / Property Master
  • Jasmine Vandermyle
    Make-up Artist
  • Angelo Valdivia
    Camera Assistant
  • Carl Swart
    Gaffer / Unit Stills
  • San Quach
    Best Girl
  • Kyle Davison
    Production Sound Mixer
  • Scott Illingworth
    Re-recording Mixer
  • Lucas Bugeja
    Visual Effects
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  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 39 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 25, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 AUD
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    Black & White
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  • Paris Play International Film Festival
    April 1, 2022
    French Premiere
    Best Drama Short
  • Paris International Film Awards
    Best Editing
  • Tokyo Film Awards
    Best Cinematography (Bronze)
  • Prague International Indie Film Festival
    Czech Republic
    Czech Republic Premiere
    Best First-time Filmmaker (Semi Finalist)
  • Gozo Film Festival
    August 20, 2022
    Maltese Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Lucas Bugeja, Matthew Bugeja

Lucas Bugeja and Matthew Bugeja are brothers and directors from Adelaide, Australia. With education in multimedia, and visual communications respectively, they began their early filmmaking careers shooting music videos for local artists using the first video-capable DSLRs. Since 2013 they have been working in the advertising industry where they have filmed, directed, and produced commercials for TV. During this time, Matthew has written a novel, and completed the script that would become 'Lyrebird', their first narrative film work.

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Director Statement

Our film 'Lyrebird' stems from a vivid dream in which someone plucked me (Matthew) from my unmoving daily life and took me around town, and out of my comfort zone. Years on and the dream still resonated with who I was then. It inspired me to write a script about a quiet Boy who was unable to take flight, and an adventurous Girl who was unable to land, and the expectations and results of their encounter: Boy expects Girl to stay and save him from his repetitious life, and Girl expects Boy is only a brief stop on another one of her adventures.

Wanting to emulate the dream state in which 'Lyrebird' was incepted, we discarded with as many visual and audial distractions as possible, choosing to film in black and white, using an ambient, meditative score, and making Boy silent as a way of creating a window into the experience.

Our actors possessed a real sentimentality for the work. Alex was able to express emotion through only his eyes and body language, and Sinead brought an alluring, persuasive quality to the character of Girl. Principal photography took place over three days, moving fast around town with a small crew, often setting up, filming in, and vacating available locations within two hours. It was a real collaboration in directing and shaping the visuals, with Lucas taking control of the camera when an idea for a specific shot came to mind on the day. All of our cast and crew were extremely professional and remained passionate despite a year of setbacks due to the COVID pandemic.

We expect the viewer gains insights into both Boy's and Girl's characters, and drifts through from beginning to end as if they were in a dream state themselves. We hope, too, that the title of the film 'Lyrebird' becomes clear; a title that represents both Boy and Girl: a bird that cannot fly, yet a bird that imitates and mirrors those it encounters.