Experimental Feature Film

Script written by Julian Larnach

Based on the novel by Favel Parrett


Ben Winspear – Director

Marta Dusseldorp – Producer

Matthew Scott - Cinematography

Andrew Walton - Camera Assistant & Second Unit

Glen Richards - Composer

George Goerss - Dialogue Recording and Audio Post Production

Kate Fox - Production Co-ordinator

Nicholas Stenning - Fire Safety

Justus Neumann - Miles

Marta Dusseldorp - Mum

Ben Winspear – Nick

George Leonard – Young Miles

Jock Muir - Fish Factory Worker

Jordy Gregg - Voice of Miles

Maggie Winspear – Voice of Harry

Rob Braslin – Voice of Tom

Chris Bunworth – Voice of Dad

Nathan Maynard – Voice of Geoff

Karissa Lane-Irons – Voice of Fisheries Officer 1

Scott Farrow – voice of Fisheries Officer 2

With special thanks to:

Jane Novak Literary Agency

Justine Goss – Aurora Artists’ Management

Lucinda Toynbee Wilson

Blue Cow Theatre

JMC Motors 

Salamanca Wharf Hotel 


A family of brothers navigates a family tragedy and a perilous journey in this film based on Favel Parrett’s award-winning novel.

Set in lutruwita/Tasmania’s rugged South, Past the Shallows centres on the plight of a family of brothers as they try to negotiate the loss of their mother, a father turned to alcohol, and life as young workers on a dangerously derelict abalone fishing boat.


This experimental film adaptation from director Ben Winspear and cinematographer Matt Scott casts us into a cold, dark lutruwita/Tasmania where beauty and hardship reign and where an apple from an outcast can be the kindness that saves a child, if only for a day.


Follow Parrett’s characters as they attempt to land a life-changing catch – and as they finally discover the truth about their tragic upbringing.

This film was supported by Ten Days on The Island Festival, the Tasmanian Government and the Huon Valley Council’s Stronger Together Grant Program

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