The Crowdfunders: Aperture

As a non-profit website dedicated to the support and promotion of Australian made films, Cinema Australia rarely gets the opportunity to throw cash at crowdfunding projects. Trust us, if we had the money we’d be executive producers on almost every new Australian film calling for supporters through the myriad of crowdfunding platforms available on the interwebs.

That’s why we’ve launched this feature – The Crowdfunders – which will shamelessly plug projects calling for your dollar. It’s just another way for us to do what we love doing most – supporting Aussie cinema!


Aperture is an Independent Feature film by Emerald Swan Productions in association with Elemental Drive Productions.

Written by David T. Cowell & directed by Luke Paramanathan, Aperture is a drama about the life of a photographer who’s life is thrown into disarray after a series of devastating events.

Luke (David T. Cowell Jasper Jones) is a promising photographer and living in Melbourne. As well as seeing the beauty of the world down the lens his life becomes magnified when he has to contend with the constant issues of his home and social life.

His father Harvey (Paul Dawber Erskineville Kings) has been skirting the edges of his leniency regarding a restraining order. His Mother Robyn (Mardi Edge Picnic at Hanging Rock) is still affected by Harvey’s treatment of her and his brother Keegan (Hayden Gridley), he has gone somewhere secret to escape it all.

Luke’s grounding force in life is his best friend Ella (Claudia Hruschka Any Questions for Ben?), who, along with dramas in her own life, talks freely about their struggles in their lives and offer support to one another. Ella is a positive force and has a peaceful mantra, if only she had a better taste in men. Her dramas are dominated by her younger sister Nicole (Samantha Frazer Horizon: Sanguinary), who has a habit of stealing the guys Ella likes.

Ella’s friendship with Luke is steadfast but this is all rocked when her ex-boyfriend, James (Maty Young All of Me) comes back into the fold, straining not only Luke’s relationship with Ella but also of their other friend Peter’s relationship with her.

Peter (Daniel McBurnie Forrest’s New Begining) has recently been released from the hospital where he had treatment for his bipolar disorder.  He keeps his struggles hidden from those around him. Peter had a brief romantic relationship with Ella, unbeknown to Luke, but Ella ended that relationship. Just when things in their lives had settled down and are beginning to look stable again, a tragic incident occurs, which brings Luke to his breaking point and forces him to reveal a hidden truth.

How the funds will be used
Location Permits & Licences
Equipment hire
Art Department
Marketing & Promotion
Post Production incl. Sound Editing & Score

You can contribute to the Aperture crowdfunding campaign here.

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