Parrot is a tale of a family divided by faith. Todd, the youngest son of Ruth and Edmund Senior, has over the years drifted away from his strict Catholic upbringing. Too afraid to break the truth to his mother, he would feel as a complete stranger within his own family were it not for his brother Edmund Junior who shares the same secret.
When a terrible tragedy befalls the family, Todd and his parents are forced to confront their differences at the worst of all possible times. With the truth out, can they find a way to accept, support and love each other or will religion fracture this family forever?
Parrot is the inaugural film from emerging production company Myrtle Street Pictures, formed by Sydney-based filmmakers Emma McKenna and Craig Foster who recently left careers in retail buying and software development respectively to pursue their passion for cinema. The subject of atheism is something they were keen to explore in their first screen venture as they had a strong feeling that the atheist voice was not being heard enough in the artistic landscape. The short film was partially funded by online donations from the atheist community and the Atheist Foundation of Australia. A Q&A with the filmmakers will take place after the screening.
You can find the website for Parrot at http://www.parrotshortfilm.com