Private Project

The Runaway

The Runaway is a coming of age story following sixteen-year-old Jasmine's search for place, identity and happiness. Jasmine is prepared to leave her mother and her small town in rural Australia to escape the abuse of her mother's boyfriend, what she's not prepared for, is the fact that life is not as easy, nice, or forgiving as she thought, she finds out that everyone else in the world is already broken. When she accepts a lift from a stranger, Mick, an older man searching for reconnection and forgiveness within his own family, Jasmine finds herself caught up in a messy situation and very far from home. Jasmine comes to realize that running away is not the solution, she needs to face her problems head on.

  • Jack Ruefli
    Overwritten, The Observer, The Roommate,
  • Jessica childs
  • Jessica Childs
  • Ella Jones
    Key Cast
  • Matthew Stewart
    Key Cast
  • Damon Erceg
    Director of Photography
  • Lucy Simmons
  • Owen Hearne
  • Kassidy Smith
    Set Design
  • Hamish McLean
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 28 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 24, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    4,500 AUD
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Curtin University
Director Biography - Jack Ruefli

Jack Ruefli is an Australian filmmaker currently based in Perth, Western Australia. Jack is a student filmmaker that writes and directs his own projects as well as works as a producer and assistant on other independent projects, Jack also works part-time as a freelance videographer.

He is currently a student at Curtin University and is set to graduate in mid-2021. Ruefli directed the short drama, Paper Cuts: And So Do Words, in 2017, which was selected as a semi-finalist for the Sydney Indie Film Festival.

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Director Statement

My intentions with The Runaway was to provide nostalgic insight for what we all face growing up. The Runaway is a symbol for the moment you realize, as a child moving into adulthood, the world for what it really is.