Rapture explores the theme of a young man’s inner resistance to his mother’s dementia. The film explores the conflict between his life as a construction worker and his inability to manage his own emotions. He seeks the wisdom of Buddhist monks to find the compassion and wisdom he needs to connect with himself and his mother.
Rapture is being created as a collaboration between the Western Australian Screen Academy and the Western Australian Academy of Perfoming Arts.
The team is seeking support from the community to help make this film the best it can be. We need to be able to purchase food and drinks for the crew, cast and industry mentors on set, to purchase props and costumes for production design, and to be able to cover costs associated with stunts and runners. We also hope to enter the film into global film festivals.
If you can contribute in any way that would be greatly appreciated. If you can not help monitarily at this stage of the campaign please share the page. Thank you.
Meet the team.
Mitchell Tharle – Darren –Mitchell Tharle is an actor from Perth, Western Australia studying a Bachelor of Arts in acting at the Western Australian Academy of the Performing Arts. Mitchell is passionate about telling important stories and sharing a beer with mates. He enjoys long chats about future projects and life.
Emelia Corlett – Sophie – Born on the beaches of the Central Coast, Emelia Corlett began her younger years engrossed in sports, representing New South Wales in various sporting events. It wasn’t until after her mother’s diagnosis with cancer that she started to take an interest in the arts. Emelia is interested in performing in peices that explore what it means to be human. Emelia expresses herself through playing the guitar and singing. She is a passionate student of history, a champion of social justice and enjoys studying the human condition. This manifested itself into her performances and acting has become an important creative outlet for her. Emelia is excited to begin sharing stories and diving into poignant screen projects.
Van Ly – Director and Screenwriter – After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Film and Video production in 2018 Van travelled to New York. In 2020 she decided to study directing at the Western Australian Screen Academy. Van is a experienced filmmaker with a background in directing, writing, editing and producing.
Michael Breeze – Producer
Michael Breeze is a film producer from Western Australia. He graduated from Edith Cowan University with a double degree in Contemporary Art in Comteporary Performance and Theatre Studies in 2012 where he discovered the enjoyment of making film. Michael returned to Edith Cowan University to study film and graduated with a Bachelor of Film and Video in 2019. After working on short films, music videos and television commercials he decided to study his masters in Screen Studies at the Western Australian Screen Academy. He is currently collaborating with third year WAAPA actors and producing Rapture a short film about a man learning to care for his elderly mother.Pia Husbands- Associate Producer
Pia comes from a theatrical background and has always been driven by creativity. She has been involved with theatre making from a young age. Pia now wishes to apply these techniques and pursue her interest in producing film.
Having recently graduated from WAAPA with a Bachelor of Performing Arts, Pia is currently developing her knowledge further and is undertaking film production at the Western Australian Screen Academy. She is currently expanding her technical skills and understanding around film production. After completing her studies at the Screen Academy, Pia hopes to creating impactful and meaningful work both on stage and screen.
Oliver Songbue –Cinematographer-Oliver Songbuer is a cinematographer from the People’s Republic of China. He is currently studying cinematographey and editing at the Western Australian Screen Academy. Oliver is currently editing the short documentary Fire about Australian professional boxer Louisa Hawton and will shoot Rapture in the Swan Valley in June.
James McEwen –Production Sound Mixer – Before studying at the WA Screen Academy, James completed undergraduate degrees in both psychology and film. Starting at the Screen Academy in 2020 James majored screenwriting with a minor in cinematography as he wanted to build a stronger understanding of both creative and technical processes. Eager to continue to expand on his technical skills James is now the head of the sound department for the Screen Academy 2021 short film Rapture.
Giacomo Groppoli-Editor- Giacomo Groppoli is an editor and director from Perth, Western Australia. Giacomo loves films that have a surreal aesthetic while still feeling grounded in reality, which what he would like to achieve with Rapture. He is currently studying his masters in Screen Studies at the Western Australian Screen Academy.
Julien Walker- Assisant Editor-Julien Walker is our assistant editor for Rapture. Julien has a background in directing and editing music videos, short documentaries, and passion projects. Julien joined the Western Australian Screem Academy from Curtin University after completing his Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Screen Arts, with a desire to carry on his passion for film making through the Western Australian Screen Academy.