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Miss Nothing

Two young sisters travel alone for a beauty pageant, their fraught relationship is tested.

Miss Nothing is an intimate and tender portrait of sisterhood—inspired by true stories often forgotten behind extravagant shows.

  • Richard Jamze
  • Natalie Rose
  • Richard Jamze
  • Natalie Rose
  • Chris Slater
  • Sarah Bailey
  • Sabrina Sidharta
  • Charlotte Stent
    Key Cast
  • Tyallah Bullock
    Key Cast
  • Chris Slater
    Supporting Cast
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    Drama, Comedy
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 2, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    400 AUD
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  • Student Project:
  • Aesthetica Film Festival (BAFTA)

    United Kingdom
  • Australian Screen Industry Awards

    Highest Distinction - Best Short Film
Director Biography - Richard Jamze

Richard Jamze is an Award-Winning Queer Writer / Director from Australia.

Richard’s films have played at the prestigious BAFTA and BIFA Qualifying Aesthetica Film Festival, the Australian Screen Industry Awards, and more. As an artist, his work has received numerous accolades. Such as the Australian Government Creative Generations Excellence in Arts Award. For which his work, ‘Our Dying Earth’ was toured and exhibited nationally, including the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane

With an Award for Academic Excellence, Richard graduated from Griffith Film School where he studied under master filmmakers. This included Lord David Puttnam (The Killing Fields, Chariots of Fire), Bruce Beresford (Women In Black, Mao’s Last Dancer), and Angie Fielder (Wish You Were Here, Lion).

He regularly collaborates with his fellow Writer / Director and partner, Natalie Rose. Their latest short ‘Miss Nothing’ will play at Aesthetica (BAFTA) later this year.

Richard and Natalie are in development on feature projects.

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Director Statement

This project is the latest collaboration between myself and my partner, the wonderful Natalie Rose. We have been working together since we first met, nearly eight years ago.

Miss Nothing was a short made from pure passion. The entire cast and crew was only nine people, every one of which pulled double duty to help this get made. Natalie and I had long theorised that working with a smaller crew would keep the set intimate, nimble, and efficient. It worked, the production running so smoothly that we finished ahead of schedule. It also created a robust bond amongst the entire team. At the end of every night, we’d sit down and have dinner together like a big rag-tag family, it was a beautiful way to work.

The story behind choosing to make Miss Nothing has a lot to do with our obsession with Pageant Shows. Natalie and I both love them. We could easily lose a few hours a day watching them - a guilty pleasure, to be sure. What we were mostly drawn to, however, was the real human stories that always seemed to be playing out in the background. Sometimes we’d catch glimpses of them, but they were frequently ignored or plastered over for the shows glossy, overdramatic, and perfectly edited presentation. Needless to say, we found that frustrating. And the more we noticed it - the more we wanted to see that story - the true story.

In our search for the truth, we found many parallels between pageantry and filmmaking. Both are surrounded by large flashy events, all of which are filled to the brim with overjoyed and enthusiastic people. The reality, as any of us who have worked in or around the entertainment space would know, is not so utopian. The reality is there are many hard days and nights where you grapple with the very core of what you’re doing. Where you question your sanity for choosing such a wild and unstable career. Where you wonder if you’ve made the right choices.

We wanted to tell that story. The story of people when they’re behind the curtain. We found that in the lives of Mia and Trinity. Two sisters who, behind a pageant that seems to loom over them, must wrestle with their own lives. Theirs is a story of growing to realise what is most important is not lofty personal aspirations, but often what is right in front of you.

We hope you enjoy our little movie,
Richard & Natalie.