Experiencing Interruptions?


A young couple's relationship is tested when the woes of drug addiction face the sobering reality of an unexpected pregnancy.

  • Matthew Kaukiainen
  • Phoebe Green
    Director of Photography
  • Marie Gatt
  • Jade Prechelt
    Key Cast
  • Luke Corrin Care
    Key Cast
  • Ivy Warren
    Key Cast
  • Mark Child
    Key Cast
    "Ivy's Dad"
  • Guy Dow-Sainter
    Key Cast
    "Alex's Dad"
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 56 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 5, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    7,000 AUD
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - SAE Creative Institue
  • BELIFF - Be Epic! Film Fest LONDON
    United Kingdom
    August 20, 2021
    Official Selection
  • DIFFS - Discover Int Fest of Film & Story
    New South Wales
    Best Short Drama Film - Best Lead Actor - Best Lead Actress
  • The Next Level International Film Festival

    October 4, 2020
    Best Student Film & Rising Star Award
  • Byron Underground Film Festival
    Byron Bay
    May 30, 2021
  • SAE Synergy
    West End, Brisbane
    December 11, 2019
    Synergy SAE Creative Institute Screening
    Best Film of 2019
  • Changing Face International Film Festival
  • FreshFlix 2020

    Honourable Mention
  • Sydney International Film Festival
    November 28, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Melbourne Underground Film Festival
    November 20, 2021
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Matthew Kaukiainen

Matthew Kaukiainen is a 21-year-old writer/director based in Brisbane, Australia. He has a love for character-driven films.

Matt wanted to produce a film that followed the explicit theme, drug addiction. From growing up in a small country town, Matt had been exposed to the ugly side of drug addiction, and how it can affect one's mental state.

Matt wishes to take on a performance-driven directorial approach, to give the audience an authentic viewing experience.

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Director Statement

This is a film that I've wanted to make for a very long time, long before I even took my first step in becoming a filmmaker. The goal with 'Positive' was to go beyond the surface level understanding of drug addiction, teenage pregnancy, and domestic abuse. I believe people who find themselves in these situations can often be reduced to nothing more than the stereotypes society puts on them. Stereotypes which are ironically formed by people with little to no experience/expertise about said topics. I believe people (myself included) can at times forget that every person, regardless of the situation they're in or the decisions they've made in the past, have an innate desire to do the right thing for themselves and others. I am overcome with joy that this film has finally been made, and could not be more excited to put it out into the world.