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A Picture of Other People

An emergency services operator takes a call from a young boy whose mother has collapsed. As she guides him through the CPR process while they wait for the ambulance, she is struck by numerous parallels between the boy’s home life and her own.

  • Jason Fitzgerald
    Shakes, The Insect & The Alien, Respite
  • Nicholas Kraak
    Hitstroke FM, The Insect & The Alien, Shakes
  • Jason Fitzgerald
    Shakes, The Insect & The Alien, Respite
  • Brittany Blacka
    Follow My Way, Metanoia, Rider
  • Jason Fitzgerald
    Shakes, The Insect & The Alien, Respite
  • Will Kelly
    Summer School, Follow My Way, Shakes
  • Nicholas Kraak
    Hitstroke FM, The Insect & The Alien, Shakes
  • Lachlan Linton-Keane
    Elly, Resonance
  • Tanya Schneider
    Key Cast
  • Levi Koppes
    Key Cast
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    10 minutes 12 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 26, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    4,500 AUD
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  • Brisbane Backyard Film Festival
    Brisbane, Australia
    May 11, 2018
    Best Film, Audience Choice
  • Dances With Films
    Los Angeles, California
    June 10, 2018
    Official Selection
  • West End Film Festival
    Brisbane, Australia
    June 24, 2018
    Audience Choice, Best Cinematography
  • Mosaic World Film Festival
    Rockford, Illinois
    August 24, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Screen It! Film Festival
    Gold Coast, Australia
    September 29, 2018
    Best Film (Open Category)
  • Hell's Half Mile Film & Music Festival
    Bay City, Michigan
    September 30, 2018
    Jury Nomination: Best Short Film
  • Heart of Gold International Film Festival
    Gympie, Australia
    October 4, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Slemani International Film Festival
    Slemani, Iraq
    October 1, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Byron Bay International Film Festival
    Byron Bay, Australia
    October 21, 2018
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Jason Fitzgerald

Jason originally hails from a musical background. While pursuing his Bachelor of Music, he minored in theatre studies and nurtured a growing passion for film. By the time he graduated Jason had decided to pursue film full-time. Jason has made numerous short films across various genres. His latest effort, "A Picture of Other People", has just hit the festival circuit.

Jason’s earlier films have been selected to screen at festivals all over the world and have taken home several awards. "The Insect & The Alien" received the Director’s Award at the Sci-On Film Festival in Nevada, as well as Best Casting and Best Cinematography at the Sanctuary Cove Film Festival. This film was also an Official Selection at the Boston Science Fiction Film Festival, America’s oldest genre festival. More recently "Shakes" was screened at the renowned Heart of Gold International Film Festival. "Shakes" also took home the Audience Choice award at Brisbane’s West End Film Festival and then went on to win Best Picture and Best Actress at the Screen It Film Festival on the Gold Coast.

Jason is currently developing his first feature project "The Lost Doll", a touching drama about regret and atonement, imbued with Jason’s distinct sense of humour and heart. When not writing, directing and producing his own projects, Jason works extensively as an assistant director, immersing himself in practical experience, and relishing the opportunity to work closely with all departments in order to influence and broaden his own palette of skills.

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Director Statement

"A Picture of Other People" is a film that I hope will affect each individual who watches in a very personal way. For me, it is a kind of reflection on the fragility of the time we have with those we love, and a sobering reminder that whenever we say goodbye to someone it could be for the last time.

With this film, above all else, I really wanted to make a true "short film". Something explicitly simple, rather than trying to cram a feature arc into fifteen minutes, as I have done in the past. I wanted to present a life-changing moment, rather than focus on the change.

After settling upon the premise of a single emergency call, we happened upon an interview where, after a similar trauma, a victim had said, "I thought these things only happened to other people," before following on with, "Until I realised that we're all other people to someone else."