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A film by APHIDS

Thu 17 Nov - Thu 15 Dec, 2022


The Studio


Open Wed-Sun, normal opening hours

Ages + Warnings

Suitable for all ages

Presented by Brisbane Powerhouse

Part of

MELT Festival

Death by barracuda, mum hunted in the forest, parents shipwrecked.

There is a trope across children’s literature and cinema that centres the parentless child (or animal) as protagonist.

FAWN connects characters from popular culture with everyday people who have the lived experience of losing a parent. Dressed in a kind of orphan drag and performing acts of care on each other, they form temporary bonds and act out unlikely intimacies. FAWN queers the notion of family and acknowledges that loss doesn’t always lead to a heroic coming of age adventure.


Fawn is generously supported by Tim and Gina Fairfax.


APHIDS is a long-standing experimental arts organisation, currently led by Co-Directors, Lara Thoms and Mish Grigor with Executive Producer, Anna Nalpantidis.

Collaborative, feminist, intersectional and future-focused, the work of APHIDS brings artists into meaningful exchange with audiences through performance, critical dialogue and unpredictable encounters in the public realm.
APHIDS’ latest project, FAWN (2022), is a moving-image work made in collaboration with people with lived experience of losing a parent.


Lead Artist & Director – Lara Thoms
Creative Producer – Anna Nalpantidis
Dramaturg – Mish Grigor

Performers – Liv Fay, Jason Hood, Panda Wong, Yoni Prior, Joshua Tavaras, Elena Gomez, Robert Draffin
DOP: Alice Stephens
Gaffer: Alec Barnett
Costume Designer: Verity Mackey
Hair & Make Up: Lou McLaren
Editor: Tommy Thoms
Sound Design: Tom Smith
Collaborating Artists: Marleena Forward, Amrita Hepi and Xanthe Dobbie


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