On The Cusp, Longlist - Short Film - Fiction

Beautiful They

Cloudy Rhodes

DIVISION x Boo Book Media

Blue, young and gender-queer, awakens through a dusty morning, binding their breasts, and smoking a joint as they watch the world from their window. A chance encounter with party girl Violet leads the pair to the ocean, where Blue watches her take to the waves in a daringly beautiful exhibition of soul-surfing. BEAUTIFUL THEY is a youthful, visually charged, non-binary love story; a queer surf-romance about the nuance of gender, and the refuge found in being truly seen

Cloudy Rhodes is a non-binary award-winning director, writer, and DOP producing distinct and emotionally intuitive work. They have directed music videos, short films, and television commercials worked with international brands such as Levis, Louis Vuitton and Calvin Klein, and shot editorials for Vogue, i-D, Monster Children, Oyster and Russh. Rhodes’ work celebrates gender fluidity and expression, through positive and uplifting queer narratives. Their semi-autobiographical debut short ‘Lo Loves You’ premiered on i-D and was picked up by Arcadia Films to accompany the national theatrical release of Sundance Audi- ence Award winner, ‘First Girl I Loved’. Their short ‘Deluge’, funded by Create NSW, premiered at Sydney Film Festival 2019, and their video work ‘New Masc’, was made as part of the Prototype Video Art Collective of which they are a member. Cloudy is set to direct a chapter of feature anthology ‘Masc’, supported by Screen Australia, and is in development on their debut feature. In 2021 their short film ‘Beautiful They’ – a personal, auto-biographical piece - will have its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival’s 20th anniversary edition.