Private Project


A short experimental film explores gender politics, sexuality and fragile masculinity through optics of shame.
How does shame and gender politics relate to each other?
Is there a distinct moment, in which shame is born?
How does dynamic of power translate physically and visually?
Can audience feel as shameful as protagonists?
The story revolves around Him and Her before, during and after sexual intercourse.
There is nothing romantic or erotic about the act itself. Only two people left alone
with consequences of the act itself. A dark polarizing comedy that is not aimed to be watched by faint hearts.

  • Stepanka Cervinkova
    The Body Corporate, The Pet, Eldorado
  • Stepanka Cervinkova
  • Victorian College of Arts
  • Matt Furlani
    Key Cast
  • Claudia Hruschka
    Key Cast
  • James Gorter
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 21 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 1, 2018
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Director Biography - Stepanka Cervinkova

Stepanka Cervinkova is a Melbourne based freelance filmmaker doubling in photography with a client's list including brands Qantas, Mattel, Sunsuper, Ozito, Origin, Abbey Road Studios, MSFW or Skoda; broadcasters ABC, Fox Sports and Fox Arts; and iconic cultural institutions such as Arts Centre Melbourne. 

When not on set or snapping photographs Stepanka works as a sessional film lecturer at local universities. 

In 2018 Stepanka commenced Master of Film and Television studies at VCA. 

In 2018 she was awarded scholarship to attend workshop conducted by Cristian Mungiu (winner of Palme D'Or, Cannes Film Festival) and Virtual Reality workshop under tutelage of Donald Zirpola and Matt Thompson (MIT).

Stepanka works with both digital and analogue photography. Her commissioned work ranges from product photography, poster artwork to portraits. Her client’s list includes artists Monique Morter (rep. Jake Hoerner Galleries), Evelyn Ida Morris (Aria awarder nominee, 2018) or Betty Amsden Foundation. Stepanka is a recipient of George Paton Gallery Residency Art Grant and UMSU Arts Grant. Her work has been exhibited at Acmi Melbourne, Neon Parlour, Satellite Gallery, Red Door Gallery, Collingwood Gallery or Rainbow Serpent Festival.

Her zombie comedy short film The Body Corporate is being currently screened at International festivals.

Open to viewers' interpretation her artwork is infused with irony and sense of mystery. Stepanka is utilizing strong audiovisual symbols and delicate compositions in a subversive manner. She is interested in exploring paradoxes of human conditions. Her work feels menacing and empowering at the same time.

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