Short film DANE, by James Cunningham and Presidential Productions.

Poster artwork.

"It feels like I just got hit in the head with a sledgehammer".


Produced and filmed in Melbourne, in austere black and white, short film DANE is an exploration of male depression.


At it's core, it's a prying look into the mind of broken-hearted man. A raw and graphic exploration into how the idea masculinity can be tested, and how depression can alter how a man sees himself in the world. Loosly based on the Alex Braun work Diary of a Break-up/Break-down, this bold work from director James Cunningham packs a punch.


Produced by Presidential Productions, DANE is a no-holds-barred, deeply personal project which features the bravest and most dedicated performances by its former Australian Defence Force veteran and lead-actor, Jack Peaurt. An actor who is willing to expose both the emotions and the physicality of his character on-screen. 


Peaurt as Dane displays a strong male character on the outside, but is a broken man on the inside. The role required a precise, yet natural and subtle performance in order to convey his conflict through the dialogue and on-screen emotions. Peaurt and Cunningham collaborate skillfully to achieve this.

Screenshots from the film:

Directed by: James Cunningham

Dane: Jack Peaurt

Dane (voice): Cody Fullbrook


Written by (based on): Alex Broun

Written by (screenplay): James Cunningham


Colour: B&W

Runtime: 5:00

Ratio: 16:9

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