Passengers

A Film by Simon Portus

Synopsis

Frustrated by their lack of connection, Patrick resorts to desperate measures to spend more time with his six-year-old son, but in a moment of truth he must make a decision that will determine their future together.

Director

  • Picture of Simon Portus © Simon Portus

    Simon Portus

    Simon Portus was born in Sydney in 1973. He completed a BA majoring in Film and Theatre at the University of New South Wales in 2000. Simon’s award winning short film Adrift was funded by the NSW Film and Television Office's Young Filmmakers Fund in 2005. Adrift premiered at the Sydney Film Festival Dendy Awards in 2006. Simon’s next film Tomorrow
    premiered at the 59th Berlin Film Festival in 2009. Tomorrow went on to win Best Film, Best Direction and Best Actor at the St Kilda Film Festival. The film was nominated for an AWGIE award and an ADG award and has been licensed in a number of territories around the world. Simon’s latest short film Passengers was funded through Screen Australia’s prestigious ‘Hot Shots’ initiative, and will premiere in 2017. All of Simon’s short films have been made in partnership with producer David Curzon. Their feature film project Dog Eat Dog was developed through Screen NSW’s Aurora initiative and they are now working on their script for the suburban thriller Behind Closed Doors.
    Simon lives with his family on the mid north coast of NSW in Australia.

Awards + Festivals

  • 26th FLICKERFEST – INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Sydney, Australia)January 6, 2017
  • 7th SHORT TO THE POINT (Official Selection, Bucharest, Romania)May 7, 2017
  • *BEST SCREENPLAY*
    6th KOLKATA SHORTS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, India)July 23, 2017
  • 66th MIFF – MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Melbourne, Australia) August 3, 2017
  • 8th ADELAIDE FILM FESTIVAL (Shorts Program, Australia)October 5, 2017
  • 10th HEART OF GOLD INT'L SHORT FILM FETSIVAL (Official Selection, Australia)October 5, 2017
  • 28th CINEMAGIC FESTIVAL IN BELFAST (Schools Short Film Competition, Belfast, UK)October 6, 2017
  • 11th BYRON BAY INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Australia)October 6, 2017
  • 2nd AARETALER KURZFILMTAGE (Official Selection, Switzerland)November 17, 2017
  • 13th PRAGUE SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Czech Republic)January 17, 2018

Crew

Screenplay
Simon Portus, David Curzon
Producer
David Curzon
Director
Simon Portus
Director of Photography
Tim Alewood
Art Direction
Paula Whiteway
Sound
Rainier Davenport
Editor
David Curzon and Simon Portus
Sound Design
Angus Robertson
Music
Rafael May

Details

Running Time
14:25 mins
Shooting Format
RedOne
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD), H264 MP4 (Stereo)
Aspect Ratio
2.35
Sound
5.1

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

aug&ohr medien
Markus Kaatsch
Riemannstraße 21
D-10961 Berlin, Germany
+49 30 61620068

markus@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

PRODUCTION COMPANY

David Curzon
Swing Wing Pty Ltd
2/367 Maroubra Rd
Maroubra, NSW 2035
Australia

david@swingwing.net
www.swingwing.net

DIRECTOR

Simon Portus

simon.portus@bigpond.com