Sunday Shorts: Papercut

Kieton Beilby and Josh Kieser.

Papercut tells the story of two closeted actors on their way to their first high profile awards ceremony, as they fight both expectation and each other in the back seat of a car.

Papercut screened on opening night at the Perth International Queer film festival. At the conclusion of the seven-day festival this week Papercut was named Best Short Film and won the Audience Award. The film stars award winning actors Josh Kieser and Kieton Beilby. 

The short film has spent the past year touring festivals, including local festival Flickerfest, Noosa International Film Festival, CinefestOz and The Perth Queer International Film Festival. Internationally it has played The Rainbow Umbrella Film Fest (U.K), OutlantaCon (USA), SSU Indie Film Festival (USA), Chicago Pride Film festival (USA), Out North Queer Film Festival (Canada), San Antonio Qfest (USA), Glitter Fest (USA), Taos Pride Film Festival (USA) and Spring Out Middle Tennessee LGBTQ film fest (USA).

Papercut is the third indie short film for Writer and Director Damian Overton. Overton has an LGBTQ short film and LGBTQ feature film in the works. The Director has nothing but praise for his two lead actors Josh Kieser and Kieton Beilby. “They were incredible to collaborate with on Papercut. Working with Kieton and Josh was one of the creative highlights of my theatre and film work. We shot the film in one day and they had to do entire takes of the film every time as the film is set in the backseat of a car. They bring such a level of authenticity to the piece, I was blown away with their work on Papercut. We were also really lucky to have the very talented Donnie Baxter on board as the driver.”

Josh Kieser who recently was seen in the feature film Thicker than Water and the short film Compulsion, took home a swag of acting awards for his portrayal of Kane in Papercut.  Winning Best Actor at The Rainbow Umbrella Film Festival in the U.K and OutlantaCon Film Festival in the USA, Gold Movie Awards in the U.K, Hollywood Verge Film awards and at The MCI awards in Melbourne. Josh is currently living and working in Los Angeles. Largo Film Awards described Kieser’s work in Papercut as “…a wonderfully sincere and nuanced performance.”

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Kieton Beilby who was recently seen in Shiver and Not Religiously has picked up Best Actor Awards for his Papercut role at The Oniros Film Awards in Italy, The Actor Awards in Los Angeles and TMBT Film Awards in the U.K. Kieton is currently pursuing his acting career in Sydney. The Monkey Bread Tree Film Awards said of Beilby’s work in Papercut “Beilby’s performance as a public figure with a love to hide is wonderfully consistent, memorable and moving.”

The film was brought to life by the production team at Short Stack Productions who have been doing incredible work locally and overseas for the past few years. Editor Matthew Watkins and Composer Michael Drew both teamed up with Overton again to work on Papercut. 

Papercut is Produced by Manon Lewis from WildHer Productions. This is her third collaboration with Papercut Writer/Director Damian Overton. Manon is currently developing an LGBTQ short and feature film with Overton. Lewis is building an impressive resume including the films Aquaman, Thor Ragnarok and most recently the Chris Hemsworth film Dhaka. Lewis also directed the film “Shots Fired” that was also a Flickerfest official selection. 

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Josh Kieser
Kieton Beilby
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