Teenage Sam has a crush on his best friend's mum, Beverly. In a world where time stands still, a firecracker forces things to unravel. 



Sam, a fourteen-year-old outcast is in love with his best friend Dexter’s mother, Beverly, who used to be the prettiest girl in the room, but now no one is paying her any attention. When Sam comes to stay for the weekend his obvious distraction during video game sessions causes tension between the two boys. Beverly, rejected by her boyfriend Bruce, stays home on Saturday night while the boys sneak out to film a firecracker explosion, convinced this holds the key to their popularity. When it ends in tears things start to unravel quickly and Sam is forced to make a choice between his best friend and his crush




From the first time I read Beverly, the short story written by Rupert — I couldn’t shake it from my creative mind. The story was a door into a world I’ve always wanted to explore. 

It’s the overarching theme of disconnection inherent to the suburban setting of Beverly in which all the characters, so desperate to make connections with one another, reflect the changing behaviours and values of people both isolated and a slave to technology and make this such an important story to tell.




Matt Noonan
Executive Producer

Matt Noonan is a highly awarded producer.  His work has been recognized on a global scale with screenings at Cannes, Venice and Sundance film festivals.  Matt is the Executive Producer and Managing Partner of Curious Film, which has been named production company of the year twice for the Asia PAC region.


Stephen Fitzgibbon

Stephen Fitzgibbon started his career in the creative industries producing theater.  As he developed his passion for storytelling he shifted his focus to the medium of film.  He currently works as a Film Development Executive with Curious film where he is involved in the development of all projects across the companies slate.


Cyna Strachan 

 Cyna is a graduate of the AFTRS Producing Program, and as a freelancer has worked in all facets of the film industry, working under and assisting some of Australia's best producers. As a Producer, Cyna draws on her background and studies in music, art, and design and is resourceful, efficient, energetic, and aims to make visually striking work with an edge. Cyna has produced a number of short films and Music Videos, with her last short film 'ADULT' premiering at SXSW in 2017 and going on to screen at over 20 Film Festivals worldwide. 


Rupert Taylor

Rupert published his first book when he was 23. He’s worked as a writer and creative director in advertising in Australia, the US and Asia, and his campaigns have won over 30 international awards. Rupert has written hundreds of short stories and they have a loyal following online. His first novel will be released in 2017, and the two feature film scripts he wrote might get made one day, but who knows. 


Roma D'Arrietta

Roma is an Australian director based in Sydney. Since graduating from AFTRS Roma has created a diverse range of projects within the commercial, music and documentary world, all bound together by a strong visual style which highlights her background in Art Direction and Styling. She uses bold colour palates to tell stories with an off kilter sense of humour. 

Susie Porter

Susie Porter is one of Australia's most well-respected actors, working consistently in film, theatre and television.She has played an impressive range of characters, and has been nominated for six AFI awards, winning three, including two Best Lead Actress awards, as well as winning a Most Outstanding Actress Logie award.


Associate Producer
Emma Thompson-McLeod

Emma Produced the award-winning short documentary, Moeder, with Director Roma D'Arrietta which was officially selected to be a part of a number of international film festivals. The film won Best Australian Short Documentary and Audience Choice Award at the World Of Women Film Festival. After spending the last couple of years working in NYC on an array of films and multimedia projects for Director Steven Sebring. Emma has returned to Sydney and now works at the Sydney Opera House where she continues to focus on her passion for theatre and film. 


Social Media Manager
Isabella Phillips

Isabella is a communications specialist based in Sydney. She has worked across festivals, theatre and film both here in Australia and in the U.K. She was recently awarded a scholarship to travel to South Korea to further her skills in communications. She is excited to be working on Beverly.

Current Press


Campaign Brief — New Australian crowd-funded short film shines the light on barriers for women filmmakers

FilmInk — Susie Porter to Star in the New Australian Short film, Beverly

Little Black Book — New Crowdfunded Short Film Shines Light on Barrier for Women Filmmakers

The Stable — Curious' Roma D'Arrietta: Building Women up by Being a Great Director (Interview)

B&T Magazine — Susie Porter & Jacki Weaver Lend Support To Young Filmmaker In Crowdfunding Campaign

Mumbrella — Susie Porter and Jacki Weaver lend support to young independent filmmaker in crowdfunding campaign