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The Ravens

Directed by Jennifer Perrott

Short Narrative
Australia | 22 min | 2016

When young Ruby’s father returns unexpectedly from war, his volatile state makes it difficult for the family to reconnect. Ruby’s anxieties are projected onto a pair of ravens, vigilantly defending their nearby nest, who become a catalyst for the troubled family’s journey from crisis to healing.


Exploring themes of damage and healing, THE RAVENS is a personal response to the writer/directors experience of growing up in a rural defense force community and witnessing families coping with PTSD after war service.  Shot on 35mm, the film uses minimal dialogue, time lapse in nature and poetic yet brooding images of transformation, transience and ephemerality to tell a poignant universal story. At 23 minutes duration, it features over 50 (non CGI) VFX shots, working seamlessly with tense and powerfully emotive performances from the cast. It paints, amidst the wounds, an undeniable hopefulness and relentless optimism that we can love each other back to life.

The Ravens - Poster

The Ravens - Jennifer PerrottJennifer Perrott
Director, Producer, Writer

Jennifer is an award-winning writer/director/producer working between Europe and Australia who won a Best Young Director Award at the Broadcastnow / BBC B+Young Talent Awards. She has directed prime time UK and Australian TV drama and attended the selective Binger Lab in Amsterdam as a writer/director of her feature script Winter Sun (Dust of Life), also a semi Finalist in 2013 International BlueCat Screenplay competition.

Agent: Michelle Archer, United Agents (London)


2017 ADG (Australian Directors Guild) nomination for best direction in a short film
2017 Worldfest Houston – 50th Annual International Independent Film Festival Remi Award Winner
2016 Heartland International Film Festival Grand Jury Prize Best Narrative short   – and Oscar Accreditation 2018.
2016 Red Poppy Award for Best Narrative Fiction Veterans Film Festival
2016 Golden Knight Award, Malta
2016 LA Movie Awards:  Best Actress (Sarah Snook) Best Narrative Short and Best International Film.
2016 Santa Fe Independent Film Festival Audience Choice Award
2016 APRA Screen Music Awards – Nomination Best music in a short film
2016 Award of Excellence Indiefest Awards
2016 Shorts Mexico – Honorific Mention for best International live action short film

Film Information

Director: Jennifer Perrott
Country: Australia
Year: 2016
Language: English
Runtime: 22 min


Executive Producer: Jennifer Perrott
Cinematographer/DP: John Brawley
Costume Design: Jenny Miles
Sound Editor: Brooke Trezise, Andy Wright
Original Music/Composer: Michael Yezerski
Assistant Director:
 Liam Branagan
Makeup Department:
 Katherine Brown

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Principal Cast