Performance Review + Q&A

A seated white man in a white business shirt and tie and wearing glasses looks exasperated and holds up one hand. Two men are standing close behind him.
08 December
NFSA Theatrette

If you're reading this, you've probably held a job in a toxic workplace; a generic white-collar employee spending most of your day staring at your monitor, going through thousands of work hours before finally realising that none of it really matters. 

We've all had to deal with bosses being verbally abusive, manipulative, setting us up to fail, and completely drunk on power. Often we feel trapped and hopeless, and emotionally drained; all deeply affecting our mental health.  

The 2023 short film Performance Review (9 mins) is a funny and ominous, stressful but therapeutic, exploration of these themes using a single location and a small handful of actors.  
Performance Review won 3rd prize in the 2023 Mayday Awards judged by Tim Miller (Deadpool, Love Death + Robots) and Christopher Lee Sun (Charlie's Farm, Boar), and most recently screened in the Canberra Short Film Festival.  


Luke McWilliams he/him (Producer/Writer/Director/Actor) – Luke is the Executive Producer and co-host of The Movie Club, a weekly movie review, news and interviews program broadcast every week on ArtSound FM 92.7, iTunes, Spotify and The Movie Club website since 2010. Luke has been the primary movie reviewer for the Canberra Weekly magazine since 2013, serves as a judge and MC of the annual Lights! Canberra! Action! short film festival, and leads presentations and discussion panels at Comic-Con and Canberra's games and animation convention Gamma.Con! 

Tim Stiles he/him (Producer/Writer/Director/Actor) has been performing in theatre for over 20 years. He won the award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical in 2017 for playing Uncle Fester in The Addams Family: The Musical and has also had guest appearances in TV shows Deadly Women, Tonightly with Tom Ballard and Rake. Tim is also writer of the multi-award-winning comic book series Gorilla My Dreams

Lilya Kichigina she/her (Cinematographer) is a cinematographer, director and editor hailing from the middle of Siberia and currently based in Canberra. Lilya’s career started in highly beloved experimental physics, but the last several years have been all about photography and filmmaking. It began with making visuals of internet life beautiful – whether working on people's profiles or a physics laboratory website. Now her work highlights and explores meaningful themes such as inclusivity, emotional granularity and talking about life as it is, through films and social media. Films she has directed or that feature her camerawork have been honoured with numerous awards and screened around Australia, including at the Canberra Short Film Festival and Heart of Gold International Film Festival, and also abroad at the Los Angeles Queer film festival. 



Marisa Martin she/her is an award-winning filmmaker based in Canberra, where she is the director of a small production house EoR Media: Enemies of Reality Films. Marisa has run the Lights! Canberra! Action! film festival for 19 years and has also been a member of the ScreenACT Industry Taskforce Panel and the artsACT Peer Review Committee for Film and Digital Media Funding, and is a film reviewer for The Movie Club on ArtSound FM Radio. Marisa occasionally teaches film at the University of Canberra.



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