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Dry Fire

22m Deaf and Disabled, Action, Drama, Indie 2021

Dry Fire is a hard-hitting short film - a bilingual English and Auslan surprise thriller.

With her family dead, 15-year-old Zoe fights for survival. Fending for herself in a remote bush setting. Living in a harsh reality where a deadly virus has wiped out most of the world’s population. Discovered by an enemy pseudo-military group, Zoe is assigned to O’Neil. A weathered hunter turned gun for hire who is bilingual in English and Auslan. O’Neil takes Zoe under his wing and trains her how to survive, fight and hunt. Much to O’Neil’s surprise the unlikely duo start to form a deeper bond. Creating tension of shifting loyalties and a final fight to who will survive in this new world order?

Dry Fire is a proof-of-concept short film- a shorter version of a planned longer film. It premiered at the St Kilda Film Festival in 2021. The film has gone on to screen at local and international film festivals. Last year at St Kilda Film Festival, The Other Film Festival presented the Deaf led Making Authentic Movies panel event. This panel talked about Dry Fire’s inclusive filmmaking process. Moving beyond consultation, Dry Fire features members of the local Deaf community. Catherine Lillian plays a lead role and the film is co-directed by Ramas McRae.

Flaunt Guest Curator, Kath Duncan shares her take on Dry Fire in the bonus content below.

This is not a disability-led production. We selected Dry Fire for the unexpectedness of an Australian thriller featuring a young, Deaf actor in a lead role. PNG-born Catherine Lillian won Best Young Actor at the 2021 St Kilda Film Festival; noteworthy as well is the Dry Fire team’s engagement with Deaf communities in the film process.


Adam Bigum


Dan Farmer


Ramas McRae


English, Auslan




Farmwalker Films

Bonus Content

Kath Duncan's introduction to Dry Fire


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