Private Project


Exiled and desperate after being beaten and thrown out of her house, a masculine representing lesbian finds refuge in a familiar drinking saloon. What ensues is a visceral depiction of her fears, real and imagined caused by the effects of psychological trauma homophobia and misogyny.

  • Nadean Rawlins
  • Maylynne Lowe
  • Nadean Rawlins
  • Afé Abeni
    Key Cast
  • Carl Davis
    Key Cast
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    14 minutes 28 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 1, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
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    No Dialogue
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Director Biography - Nadean Rawlins

Nadean Rawlins’ career in entertainment started over 20 years ago as an actor and since then she has worked in various capacities in theatre, television and film. In 2015 she started RAW Management, a production company and talent agency that focuses on developing and promoting Jamaican stories and talents through advancement and international exposure.

In 2020 Nadean produced her first short film ‘Traytown’ that has screened regionally and internationally, and she produced and directed the pitch for the feature film project that received the Audience Choice Award at 2021’s Caribbean Tales ‘The Big Pitch’ at TIFF. Since 2021 Nadean has produced and directed two short films and currently has two feature length films in development.

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Director Statement

Parolytic will forever be my passion project for many and varying reasons. The writer Maylynne and I started working on this project since 2019 when both in our 40s realised that it was the time to actively go after our passion. In 2022 we got the opportunity to make the film and we were ready but little did I know that 2022 would have been the most difficult time in my life especially during the period in which I had to make the film.

During the making of Parolytic my mother was diagnosed with cancer and I was devastated to say the least - I had a deadline and a mother I had to take care of. Throughout the making of the film I cared for my mom and it was very difficult. Notwithstanding I did it because Parolytic became my escape from my heartbreaking reality. I literally mirrored the protaganist in the film as they sought a refuge in real and imagined world. I dug deep into my true artistic self while filming and brought out my true aesthetic as a director because I went searching for it because I had no choice because I wanted to, I had to, all I ever wanted is to make my mother proud.

I dedicated Parolytic to my mother who passed away on January 5, 2023.