Tommy's Shoes

A short film about one man’s attempt to recreate the memories of his past. Unwilling to accept the traumas of his childhood, Tommy breaks into his Elementary School playground, determined to recreate the memories of his past. Childhood wonder quickly develops into torment as Tommy is forced to confront what he has kept buried for so many years.

  • Kyle Porter
    Hustlers (2021), The Emphysapien (2020)
  • Max Taylor Cattana
    Hustlers (2021)
  • Max Taylor Cattana
    Hustlers (2021)
  • Kyle Porter
    Hustlers (2021), The Emphysapien (2020)
  • Max Taylor Cattana
    Key Cast
    "Tommy Manning"
    Hustlers (2021)
  • Patrick Bourke
    Sound Design
    Goodbyes (2020), The Road (2020), Art of the Bar Cart - Amy Shark (2020)
  • Phoenix Manson
    Music Composition
  • Aaron Averay
    Location Manager
  • Oskar Jenkin-Broadie
    Assistant Camera
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    9 minutes 24 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 22, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 AUD
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Director Biography - Kyle Porter

Kyle is a young filmmaker who breaks the barriers of social, emotional, and global concepts to find the primal human form within every story. His love for contemporary
and classical cinema proves as a foundation upon which his introspective body of work is built. Consistent reflection of the depth created by filmmakers prior drives Kyle’s fascination with projecting individual experience.
In recent years, Kyle’s 2019 short ‘Emphysapien’ won at the Now In Colour film festival, which broke the seal to his most recent success overseas in ‘Hustlers’. It claimed an official selection at the Reale Film Festival and earned a semifinalist title at the Boden International Film Festival. Kyle’s rare passion and incomparable energy towards both creative expression and artistic collaboration underpin the fulfilment of his cinematic purpose.

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Director Statement

Time passing is an everyday discussion; now more than ever with our current global
situation. I find that our lives run faster than we can; however, it’s the moments of the
slow pace seen within these rushes that resurrect emotions of the past, that’s the
reason why I wanted to direct ‘Tommy’s Shoes’. Reflection.
I remember the nostalgic childhood feelings I experienced following script
discussions which, in turn, developed into a catalyst for the film’s focus. I’ve always
found a lot of inspiration in Andrei Tarkovsky’s later works when dealing with tonality.
I want the audience to feel a similar sense of reminiscence in the time we spend with
Tommy because we’re not just exploring his singular story; but re-directing his
emotive state into that of the audiences past experiences, their own stories. The
decision to work on the film was upheaved from this sense of personal connection,
displayed through an old lens, but capturing the struggle of the present, just like
The element of solitary confinement within both Tommy’s mind and the playground
was enhanced by the limited crew, budget and equipment. Thus, creating an
intimate, cinematic experience for the audience.