Past the Shallows

Experimental Feature Film
Screenplay by Julian Larnach based on the book ‘Past the Shallows’ by Favel Parrett


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.


Ben Winspear – Director

Favel Parrett – Author

Julian Larnach – Screenplay

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

Special Thanks

Jane Novak Literary Agency

Justine Goss – Aurora Artists’ Management

Les Winspear

Lucinda Toynbee Wilson



An hour of unexpected delight.

Andrew MScreenTas

I was too upset to speak to anyone after watching... It was brilliant. Thank you.

Peta HPublic

I cried, laughed and cried some more.


An exquisite soundscape


Everything was excellent, but the notion of the old man reliving events as the audience hears them and simultaneously sees them in his mind was exceptional.


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