Film - Porgram 3


Directed by Ruby Challenger


Director: Ruby Challenger
Section: Porgram 3
Country: Australia
Language: English
Version: Original version
Cast: Chloe Bayliss, Joe Donovan, Alan Zhu
18+ (no age rating)

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  • Duration: 15 min.

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Meet the director


Ruby Challenger

Ruby Challenger recently completed her master’s degree in film directing at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS). She has been on film sets since she was a baby. Her career in the film industry began in the art and costume departments, which took her all around Australia. DAILY BREAD, her first short film as director, producer, and writer, played at festivals around Australia and the world and received such awards as the St Kilda Film Festival People’s Choice. At AFTRS, she directed a horror short film called HYDE and the musical short MUMLIFE.


Screenplay: Gerard Dewhurst
Director of Photography: Benjamin Bellette
Film Editor: Brendan Cain
Composer: Sophia Christopher
Production Designer: Emily Jansz
Sound design: John Hresc
Producer: Claudia Shepherd
Production Company: Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS)