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"A young hedonist’s pursuit for pleasure is rudely interrupted by a neighbour whipper-snipping his front lawn."

Whippersnapper is an unadulterated peek into the reckless world of young Aussie drug culture, with a sharp focus on toxic behaviour, made transparent through the eyes of a character hell-bent on escaping reality. The fusion of drug use and sexual satisfaction ricochet through the protagonist's consciousness in a series of questionable life choices. Lines swerve as dreams of euphoria consume him.

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  • Ryley Warrener
  • Daniel Tan
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  • Isaac Chen
  • Adam Jalil
  • Lucas Knipe
    Key Cast
  • Tori McCann
    Key Cast
  • Martin Briggs
    Key Cast
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    16 minutes 58 seconds
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    June 11, 2023
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Director Biography

My name is Ryley Warrener, I'm a director and artist based in Naarm/Melbourne.

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Director Statement

Whippersnapper served as a deeply personal reflection on toxic masculinity, recreational drug use, and hedonism. I wanted to create a film that authentically depicted the realities of recreational drug use among young adults in Australia, Emphasizing how the capacity to enhance personal enjoyment of experiences can easily turn towards escapism. Creating a confrontational energy right from the film's outset was a priority for me, aiming to instantly immerse the audience in Bosco's relentless quest for pleasure. Subsequently, my goal was to craft an anxiety-inducing journey that continues to build and escalate in tension until the very last frame. I meticulously considered all aspects of production to fully immerse the audience in the psyche of a character who had forsaken reason in the relentless pursuit of unattainable highs.

It was important that Whippersnapper remain as objective as possible in terms of story, out of respect for the audience. I'm sure that the film may be divisive depending on the viewers own personal experience with drug use. Having come from this world, I thought it was important not to detract from the fascinating effects of certain substances, and so I did everything I could to create an accurate interpretation of the psychedelic effects that can be truly beautiful and have the ability to expand your perception of life and reality. This works in contrast to Bosco's ego, and the way he approaches drug use without consideration or respect, ultimately leading to consequence's that are often unforeseeable until you've already ventured too far into the abyss.

Intention aside, I ultimately wanted to create a high impact and deeply engaging experience, that may serve as a mirror for those who are actively avoiding their own reality, through the use of any substance.
The consequences of self-destruction tend to fall heaviest on those who love you the most.