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Synopsis: Jean, a reclusive housewife trapped in the prison of a dreary suburban existence, begins to descend into madness. When she suspects that her husband Michael may be a serial killer, she must decide whether to let sleeping dogs lie… or question the very reality of her existence.





Run Time

12 minutes


Nicoletta Dimas (Jean)
Evan Williams (Michael)
Kate Elder (Lucy)

Directed by

Sebastian Howard

Written by

Luisa Mitchell
Radheya Jegatheva

Produced by

Luisa Mitchell

Edited by

Radheya Jegatheva


Owen Hearne

Production Designer

Sidonia Barwood


Noah Jennings

Director's Statement

‘Ball and Chain’ presented an opportunity to specialise and experiment with a restricted dynamic of characters and space. For a film to focus on two people in the one location is something I feel is very challenging for young filmmakers in a narrative sense. Each aspect of the characters’ journeys needs to be crafted and directed so deliberately in order to create the gravitas that makes a film worth watching. I wanted the viewer to be drawn into a world so aesthetically familiar that the devil in the details would interrogate the human tendency to ignore what lies beneath the surface of people living right next door to them.

Director's Bio

Sebastian Howard is a non-binary filmmaker working and creating in Perth, WA. They have religiously watched movies and thought about making them their whole life. Graduating from Screen Arts at Curtin in 2020, they poured oodles of passion for all kinds of cinema into the making of their final year project. They thrive on the energy of film sets and want nothing more than to continue thriving off them for the rest of their life.

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