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Pete is teaching his son the art of shoplifting…

Released: December 2010
Running time: 13:50
Format: Short Black Comedy, HD 16:9
Featuring: Gary Samolin, Ivan Bradara & Nathan O’Rourke
Writer/Director: Neil Triffett
Producer: Lee Matthews
Cinematographer: Michael Latham
Production Designer: Dane Naoum
Composer: Callum Thomson
Sound Designer: Neil Triffett with Finn Robertson
Editor: Neil Triffett


  • Australian suburbia 1992. Pete is teaching his youngest son the family business: the art of shoplifting. However, with his eldest son now stealing off the Internet and with the introduction of new security devices in department stores, Pete’s times seem to be changing. As the eldest son begins to take control of the direction the family is heading, Pete must work out a way around the new security devices or lose his place in the family entirely. The lengths he goes to shock even him as they begin to threaten what is left of his imploding family.

  • Official Selection: Cockatoo Island Film Festival, October 2012

    Official Selection: Downunder Berlin Australian Film Festival, September 2012

    NAFA Show-Fest Intl, August 2012
    – Runner Up: Judges and Audience Awards
    Acquired for Broadcast: KQED-TV, U.S.A.
    Official Selection: Dubbo’s Inland NSW Film Festival, August 2012

    Official Selection: Takes NZ, July 2012

    Official Selection: Dungog Film Festival, July 2012

    Official Selection: Indie Gems Film Festival, July 2012

    Official Selection: Int’l Short Film Festival Detmold Germany, June 2012

    Official Selection: 54th Rochester International Film Festival, USA, April 2012

    Official Selection: Byron Bay Film Festival, March 2012

    Official Selection: Three One Six Oh! Film Festival, February 2012

    Official Selection: FlickerFest, January 2012

    Made in Melbourne Film Festival, December 2011
    – Audience Choice Award

    Official Selection: Hollywood Shorts, November 2011

    Official Selection: Canberra Film Festival, September 2011

    Official Selection: Melbourne Underground Film Festival (MUFF), August 2011

    Official Selection: Fresh Film Fest, Prague Czech Republic, August 2011

    Official Selection: Mudfest, Australia, August 2011

    Show Us Your Shorts program, Warburton Film Festival, Australia, June 2011
    – Awarded: Best Short Film

    Official Selection: St Kilda Film Festival, Australia, May 2011

    VCA, December 2010
    – Nominated: Best Achievement in Directing

    VCA, December 2010
    – Awarded: Most Outstanding Undergraduate Student

    Premiere Screening: ACMI Federation Square, Dec 2010.

    “This is a great script with a very well developed central character.A charming exploration of the changing times via small time thieves.”
    – Stuart McDonald (Stranded, Summer Heights High, Tangle)

    “Neil Triffett has managed to make a moving short that has an honesty about it… a difficult task. The great script and even greater performances make ‘Shoplifting’ a very easy watch. This teamed with a subtle hand in direction and visual simplicity allow this short to resonate emotionally without veering into the sentimentality of a syrupy drama. All three actors embody their characters fully and at no point did I question their authenticity. With such a tight script and excellent casting choices ‘Shoplifting’ was bound to work.”
    – Juliet Porter

  • Cast

    Pete Gary Samolin

    Danny Ivan Bradara

    Tyler Nathan O’Rourke

    Angela Maureen Andrew

    Security Guard Jeremy Kewley

    Trudy Catherine McKay

    Security Tagging Girl Stephanie Mauro

    Disapproving Shopper Clare O’Shannessy

    Security Guards Jordan Prosser Ilya Kerig Sam Burns-Warr

    TV Salesman Amir Rezaei

    Panel Installers Tim Mager Peter Cassidy

    Checkout Boy Jason Albury

    Shoppers Keith Bates Patricia Jenkins Bianca Jones Kristy Symons

    Police Telephone Operator Katherine Schachte



    Writer / Director Neil Triffett

    Producer Lee Matthews

    Director of Photography Michael Latham

    1st Assistants Camera Marcus Allemann Tim Eyles

    2nd Assistant Camera Kate Lefoe Gaffer Tom Savige

    Best Boy & Grip Nathan Vernon

    Production Designer Dane Naoum

    Production Design Assistants Kelly Hucker Laura Cousens

    Costumier Samara Tynan

    Wardrobe Assistant Natale Testa

    Make-up Artists Robert “Chum” Li Alana Auden

    Make-up Effects Alana Auden

    On-Set Sound Recordist & Mixer Gunay Demirci

    Boom Operator Luke Richardson

    Production Manager Bryony McLachlan

    First Assistant Director Andrew Blogg

    Script Supervisor Laura Cousens

    Unit Manager Colin Triffett

    Safety Consultant Reg Roordink

    Chaperone to Mr O’Rourke Carolyn O’Rourke

    Stills Photographers Robert “Chum” Li Jaklene Vukasinovic

    Editor Neil Triffett Composer Callum Thomson

    Sound Designer Neil Triffett with Finn Robertson

    Audition Readers Jeremy Kewley Victoria Stanford James Robertson Robert Fearon


    VCA Staff

    Supervising Producer Nicolette Freeman Technical Support Gordon Lyon Sound Designer Peter Frost Consultant Editor Cindy Clarkson Online Editor & Colourist Declan Loughran Special Thanks Drew Rhodes Tony Wood Cameron Ford Robert Greenberg Julietta Boscolo Allison Byrne Alice Hucker Kelly Hucker Libby Abbott Katherine Schachte Ben Holmes Kayla Roberts Tracey Wightman Olivia, Sarah and Isobelle Wightman Tracey Claire Min Vavala Andrew O’Keefe Siobhan Jackson Ellen Stowers from Harbour Town Shopping Centre Maureen Neilson from Harbour Town Toyworld Zoran Rojkovsky from Terry White Pharmacy GPSC Karen Fogarty from Gladstone Park Shopping Centre Ross Gaudion from Vitag Equipment Anthony Kiss from Dimmey’s Richmond Robert Boskovski and Kyla White from Costco Melbourne Mannequin Hire Gelatavita Ice-Cream Supadeal Furniture