Experiencing Interruptions?

The Moths Will Eat Them Up

A simple train ride home at night for a woman turns into a terrifying game of cat and mouse with a stranger until an unforeseen force is summoned.

  • Luisa Martiri
    Milk (2018), Pools (2020)
  • Tanya Modini
  • Tanya Modini
  • Luisa Martiri
    Milk (2018), Pools (2020)
  • Ling Cooper Tang
    Key Cast
    Tropp (2021), Darby & Joan (2021), Dog Days of Christmas (2020), A Sunburnt Christmas (2021), The End (2019), The Secrets She Keeps (2019), The Gloaming (2019)
  • Kevin Spink
    Key Cast
    "Man A"
    The Painters (2020), Un Homme et un Chat (2020), Nevernight (2019), Celeste (2018),
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  • Genres:
    Psychological Thriller
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 49 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 1, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    55,000 AUD
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  • St Kilda Film Festival
    June 4, 2022
    Victorian Premiere
    Official Selection, Nominated for Best Actor, Best Original Score and Best Achievement in Sound Post-Production
  • Sydney Film Festival
    June 18, 2022
    New South Wales Premiere
    Dendy Award for Best Live Action Australian Short
  • Sydney Film Festival
    Winner of The Dendy Award for Best Live Action Short Film
  • Sydney Film Festival
    Winner of the Rouben Mamoulian Award for Best Director
  • Cinefest Oz
    August 24, 2022
  • Show Me Shorts Film Festival

    New Zealand
    October 14, 2022
    International Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Aesthetica Short Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    November 2, 2022
    UK Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival
    October 27, 2022
    Official Selection
Distribution Information
  • MagnetFilm
    Sales Agent
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Luisa Martiri, Tanya Modini


Luisa Martiri is a Brisbane-based filmmaker who graduated from the Queensland University of Technology in 2016 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Film, TV and New Media Production. Since graduating, Luisa has worked as a Producer’s Assistant in the film and television industry and has independently produced and directed various short films. In 2020, Luisa produced and directed the short film Pools. Pools was an official selection at Flickerfest International Short Film Festival 2021, having its world premiere in Bondi, Sydney in January 2021. She has completed various courses in filmmaking including Girls on Film: Creating Strong Female Characters at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) in Sydney and an International Professional Certificate Program in Film and Television at the University of California in Los Angeles. Luisa is incredibly passionate about showcasing female stories on screen through authentic storytelling.


Tanya Modini is a screenwriter and director from the Sunshine Coast, Queensland who is driven to create impactful, entertaining content featuring stories told through authentically diverse perspectives. Tanya’s writing is informed by her wide-ranging previous work roles which include police officer, trauma counsellor, and as an advocate in the prevention of violence against women. She brings direct experience and an ongoing interest in exploring the differing ways that people emotionally react to crises and confronting stimuli, and will always take on challenges and push boundaries to champion diversity, and promote LGBTIQ+ and women’s issues wherever she can. Tanya was selected alongside her co-writer and producer Stephanie Dower, to take part in the inaugural Attagirl development lab 2020 as the co-writer/director for feature ‘Seeing Scout’, and is a current finalist in the Screen Queensland Greg Coote Scholarship 2020.

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Director Statement

The Moths Will Eat Them Up is a psychological thriller that exposes the terror of gendered violence against women. It also explores how some men choose to be bystanders - ignoring other men’s violence as ‘none of their business’. The themes of hope and collective strength also emerge, seen metaphorically in the story as an omnipresent collective women’s spirit of protection and justice.

Tanya wrote The Moths Will Eat Them Up after experiencing a similar incident on a train at night, but her interest and insights into this subject have been developed through working in the prevention of violence against women sector for many years.

While watching this film, we want the viewer to experience what it feels like to be a woman travelling alone at night in contemporary society – to put the audience firmly in the shoes of this woman and have them question what they might have done in this situation.

The positioning of The Moths Will Eat Them Up within the thriller genre helps elevate the film beyond the traditional audience that might be interested in and watch content about women’s issues – opening it up to a much wider audience.

The Moths Will Eat Them Up intrinsically thrills and entertains but has a sting in its tail that reflects the zeitgeist and mood for change currently being felt around the world. The Moths Will Eat Them Up flips the thriller genre from the male gaze to the female gaze and perspective – something that allows us to authentically explore the deep-seated fears we live with every day as women.