A father has less than a day to pay back a debt to a violent loan shark, while looking after his young son.


Separated from his family and caught in a cycle of gambling and debt, Jim has less than a day to repay a violent loan shark. His day is turned upside down when he must look after his young son who is on school holidays. Jim’s relationship with his son is tested as his plans to pay back the loan fail. When his last desperate effort to repay the debt puts his son’s life at risk, he must make a choice between his past and a second chance at life.

WEST OF SUNSHINE is a modern day BICYCLE THIEVES set against an urban backdrop. Shot entirely on location in Melbourne, Australia and using a combination of professional and non-actors, the film is an exercise is modern realism. The film explores contemporary themes of addiction, love and connection.

Featuring a cast that includes the recent AACTA Nominee for Best Actor Damian Hill (Pawno), local actors Arthur Angel (Red Dog), Kat Stewart (Offspring), Tony Nikolakopoulos (Head On) and introducing young talent Ty Perham.  




in association with SMALL VILLAGE FILMS


Jim: Damian Hill

Alex: Ty Perham

Steve: Arthur Angel

Mel: Kat Stewart

Banos: Tony Nikolakopoulos


Written and Directed by: Jason Raftopoulos

Produced by: Alexandros Ouzas & Jason Raftopoulos

Associate Producer: Tessa Mansfield-Hung

1st Assistant Director: Jebus Jones

Director of Photography: Thom Neal

Editor: Paul Rowe

Composer: Lisa Gerrard & James Orr

Production Designer: Anna Russell

Make up Artist: April Rose Munro

Casting Director: Terri Svoronos

Sound Recordist: Jack Vincent McCulloch

Costume Designer: Alicia Aulsebrook

1st Assistant Camera: Felicia Smith

2nd Assistant Camera: James Bentley

Boom Operator: James Browning

Production Assistants: Simon Harvey & Samuel Symmons

Legals: Jenny Lalor

Stills Photographer: Kevin Bergin, Tessa Mansfield-Hung, Bonnie Moir


Sound Supervisor/ Designer: Tristan Meredith

Colourist: Nick Hower

Post Production Supervisor: Nick Hower & Darius Family


Distributed by: Exile Entertainment