MEAT

Behind the closed doors of an elite boarding school, Matthews and his friends are cruising through life - but when a weekend joyride ends in disaster, he has to deal with the guilt that consumes him.

  • Sunday Emerson Gullifer
    Director
  • Sunday Emerson Gullifer
    Writer
  • Lauren Eisinger
    Producer
  • Samuel Delich
    Key Cast
  • John Turnbull
    Key Cast
  • Rose Riley
    Key Cast
  • Julian Maroun
    Key Cast
  • Jon Prasida
    Key Cast
  • Jack McAvoy
    Cinematographer
  • Bethany Ryan
    Production Designer
  • Andrew Kristiaman
    Editor
  • Kelly Ryall
    Composer
  • Sam Freeman
    Sound
  • Thom Kellar
    Sound
  • Georgia Hopkins
    Costume Designer
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Coming of age, Youth
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 3, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    25,000 AUD
  • Country of Origin:
    Australia
  • Country of Filming:
    Australia
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Sony F55 4K
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.39:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes
  • Australian Directors Guild Awards
    Melbourne, Australia
    May 8, 2015
    No screening
    Nomination: Best Direction in a Student Film
  • 14th Biennial UTS Golden Eye Awards
    Sydney, Australia
    September 21, 2015
    No screening
    Winner: People's Choice Award; Nomination: Best Drama; Nomination: Best Direction
  • Flickerfest International Short Film Festival (Academy Award accredited)
    Bondi Beach, Sydney
    January 11, 2016
    New South Wales Premiere
  • Aesthetica Short Film Festival (BAFTA recognised)
    York, UK
    November 6, 2015
    International / UK Premiere
  • Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival
    Launceston, Australia
    November 6, 2015
    Tasmanian Premiere
    Nomination: BOFA Devil Award for Best Australian Short Film
  • Canberra Short Film Festival
    Canberra, Australia
    September 19, 2015
    World Premiere
Director Biography - Sunday Emerson Gullifer

Sunday Emerson Gullifer is an award-winning filmmaker based in Sydney and Melbourne.

Starting out in theatre, she was selected for Australian Theatre for Young People's National Playwriting Studio in 2013 where she wrote the monologue, MEAT. She later went on to direct the film adaptation of the same name through Metro Screen’s Breaks program, with funding from Screen NSW.

MEAT was nominated for an Australian Directors Guild Award in 2015, won the People's Choice Award at the 14th Biennial UTS Golden Eye Awards, and screened at a number of festivals including the Academy Award® accredited 25th Flickerfest International Short Film Festival in 2016. The original monologue was published by Currency Press in 2015 as part of THE VOICES PROJECT: THE ENCORE EDITION.

Her other writing has been widely recognised, winning the Henry Lawson Prize for Prose, the Adrian Consett Stephen Memorial Prize and the Australasian Publishing Group's national poetry competition, was a finalist in the Melbourne Writers Festival 'Write to the Limit' competition and runner up in the Australian Human Rights Commission's essay competition. Her short film, BRIDGE VIEWS, won Best Screenplay at the Lucky Film Festival.

She has made video content for a number of companies and organisations, including Bell Shakespeare, Griffin Theatre Company, Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) and the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA).

In 2016, Sunday is undertaking a Master of Film & Television (Narrative) at the prestigious Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne. She also holds a Master of Media Arts and Production from the University of Technology, Sydney, and a Bachelor of Arts (Performance Studies & American Studies) from the University of Sydney.

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Director Statement

MEAT recalls what it is to be a teenager, confused and at odds with the world.

Adults are passing figures in the world of MEAT; teachers are rarely acknowledged and parents are completely absent. Against a seemingly privileged backdrop, a generation of teenagers are left to raise themselves. While this film examines universal themes of adolescence, guilt and masculinity, there is an unspoken question that resounds in the silence: where are all the adults? Why are these kids left so unchecked?

Audiences may not like Matthews – he has rich parents and he does shitty things – but I do hope they empathise with him. Here is a kid who makes some bad decisions and loses his way. And we watch on, implicated by our silence; complicit observers.

So often in life it is easier to watch than it is to act, easier to keep driving. MEAT challenges us to be accountable instead.