Multiple athletes; one conversation.
ATLAS is a thought-provoking short film that explores the complexities of the concept of masculinity through the experiences of five male athletes. Self-filmed by the actors while produced and directed remotely, ATLAS is an international collaborative film project from award-winning Australian filmmaker James Cunningham.
The film captures the athletes in their bathrooms where they confront their insecurities. Through their conversations, ATLAS examines the societal expectations placed upon men and how that impacts body image. By showing men in traditionally vulnerable situations, the film aims to challenge traditional notions of masculinity and inspire viewers to question their own assumptions.
Five athletes with sculpted bodies like the Titan god Atlas, simultaneously portrayed by actors from around the world including Nick Brennan, Rashawn Glass, Robert Holt and Aygen James, confine themselves to the privacy and solitude of their bathrooms. ATLAS emphasises that vulnerability and authenticity are not signs of weakness, but rather sources of strength and empowerment.
Written & Directed - James Cunningham
Produced by - Vanessa Abbott, James Cunningham & Slade Philips
This film's status is currently In-Production.
(ATLAS Pre-Release Poster, 2023)