The Last Day

"The Last Day" follows Lucas (an aspiring musician) and his best friend Brandon during a couple of brief moments on their last day of high school. Lucas wants to pursue a music career, but due to his mother's apprehension, wrestles with embracing his vision for the future. When Brandon reveals he's moving away, the two friends experience a moment of conflict- where Brandon ends up calling Lucas out on his indecision about the future. Lucas eventually decides that he will embrace his future - despite having to say goodbye to all he’s called home for the past 17 years.

  • Chun Pong Wong (James)
  • Joshua Allan
  • Joshua Allan
  • Dylan Stumer
    Key Cast
  • Hayden Parsons
    Key Cast
  • Katy Ferguson
    Key Cast
    "Lucas Mum"
  • Phoebe Green
    Director of Photography
  • Cheenise Dawson
    Production Design & Editor
  • Josh Real
    1st AD
  • Jack Ure
    Production Assistant
  • Ryan Cook
    1st AC
  • Graham Thomas
    2nd AC
  • Alex Millios
  • Scott Manning
    Sound Recordist
  • Marie Gatt
    Assistant Sound Recordist
  • Ian Ducao
    Behind the Scene
  • This New Light
    Music Composer
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    7 minutes 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 20, 2020
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    2,000 AUD
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Director Biography - Joshua Allan

Joshua is a 19-year-old screenwriter and director, who has always been drawn to creating, and sees creative expression as a way of allowing people to connect with people's stories as well as universal themes and truths. Josh was drawn to write and direct The Last Day after reflecting back on his recent past at high school, as well as his aspirations looking to the future. He wanted a film which could show an audience a young person who had a difficult choice for their future, and his relationships with those closest to him. As the film's writer and director, Josh wants to bring a thoughtfulness and sensitivity to how he directs actors and approaches the story, as well as how he uses visual storytelling, sound and music to enhance the characters' journey.

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Director Statement

What I love most about film as a medium is how strongly it can give people an empathetic experience. Film gives us a window into another’s life, allowing us to engage, connect with and learn from the journey of another. It also allows us to see universal truths we may have otherwise just looked past.
With this in mind, I wanted to create a film which was truthful, honest, and empathic towards our subject matter. I wanted sincere performances, subtle and artful cinematography, character-driven editing choices and an emotionally resonant score. I wanted absolutely everything to enhance the down-to-earth nature of the script.
I also wanted to create a light drama, where the film’s stakes aren’t cataclysmically high, but instead true to everyday life. I wanted to give our characters difficulty to overcome, but I also wanted to capture the feeling of two mates connecting on their last day of school.