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‘An uncle takes his autistic nephew under his wing in a trial of radical parenting and epic awakenings…’

The Beta Phase

A short film by Perry and Cheryl Harrison

Alistair is a reformed roughneck leading an uncomplicated life in the far reaches of Northern Australia. He has found a rhythm; sun, sand and Friday night football, he accounts to no one.

Until his nephew arrives.

Jake is focused. Far more than most. He sees what is in front of him and little else. He’s an ‘Aspie’; a teenager with Asperger’s Syndrome. To get a sense of his exterior, think social norms then remove small talk, eye contact and interaction.

When Jake embarks on his first big solo adventure Alistair resolves to embrace the challenge. But what begins as an uncle authoring a journey of new experiences quickly descends into a catastrophe… with infinite potential.

The Beta Phase Short Film
The Beta Phase Short Film
The Beta Phase Short Film
The Beta Phase Short Film
The Beta Phase Short Film

festival screenings in 2020/21

“…you shouldn’t talk about things you don’t understand…”

Written & Produced by Perry & Cheryl Harrison

Music by Mark Drilling

Photography & Editing by Perry Harrison

Directed by Perry Harrison

Daryl Heath

Darcy Brooker


Sarah Speller, Paul Makin & Cheryl Harrison

See here for additional credits.


* This film could not have been made without the following support *

FAB FM | The Jack Heywood Memorial Fund | RADF

The Regional Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Douglas Shire Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

Copyright © 2020 Perry & Cheryl Harrison
A Wicked Bubble Production | All rights reserved

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