Australian suburbia, 1992. Pete is teaching his youngest son the family business: the art of shoplifting. However, with his eldest son now stealing off the Internet and with the introduction of new security devices in department stores, the times seem to be changing.

Department stores are largely inaccessible locations on student film budgets, so with Shoplifting, I had to be creative about where and how we filmed, using available locations in a way that allowed the story to make sense while remaining feasible. With the story itself, I was able to tell a relatable story about family legacy against a backdrop of moral ambiguity and small scale crime. It’s not often in films that credit card fraud becomes the right thing to do!


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