On The Cusp, Longlist - Short Film - Fiction

Broken Bunny

Meredith Hama-Brown

No Company

Something that I was excited to explore with Broken Bunny was the theme of inevitability and also the disillusionment that occurs when we first feel powerless in life. As soon as our young protagonist encounters the wounded rabbit, her first instinct is to help it in any way possible. The story is not about how she will help but rather how she learns that she cannot help it. These themes were a large part of what informed how I approached the visual style. I did not want to experience the film through a subjective viewpoint, or to be swept up with what the characters were experiencing or hoping to achieve. Instead I felt it was more engaging to embrace the knowledge that most adult viewers might have, that the death of the rabbit is bound to happen. Watching the story take place from this objective, analytical distance allows us to see this impending doom approaching and I felt this created a more compelling experience.

Meredith Hama-Brown’s work has screened at various international film festivals including: Palm Springs Shortfest, Shnit, Fantastic Fest, and Fantasia. Her work has garnered several awards such as the $20,000 Sea to Sky Award at VIFF, a D&Ad Graphite Pencil and she has been nominated at the UKMVA’s and MVPA’s. In 2020 she was selected for the TIFF Filmmaker Lab and awarded the Canada Goose Fellowship for her upcoming feature film. Her projects have received BC Arts and Canada Arts Council funding. Her films have been selected for Vimeo Staff Picks and featured on Nowness Picks, Directors Library and Directors Notes.