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    Centennial Park barista’s nearly success at Tropfest

Nearly success

Barista in Centennial Park by day, budding filmmaker by night. John Scarpias’ short film entry – ‘Life After Breakfast’ – was recently shortlisted at Tropfest but has become the true meaning of ‘close but no cigar’. This is, however, the beginning for John, not the end.

John’s love and passion for film started when his grandmother bought him a handicam for his 16th birthday. Four years later, and having recently graduated with a Bachelor in Film Production from the SAE Institute, John works part-time at Centennial Parklands Dining while pursuing his ‘other love’.


Barista/filmmaker John at 'work'

Barista/filmmaker John at ‘work’

Making waves

John, and partner Paige Holly, shot their three-minute short film about a relationship breakdown at no cost, using their own home and co-opting friends into the support acting cast.

While the film was highly commended by judges, it narrowly missed out on the Top 16 finalist line-up announced last Tuesday.

But making the top 10% of films entered in the world’s largest short film festival has only encouraged the budding young director to improve and try again so watch out for him.

Who knows next year we may be watching one of his film’s at Tropfest 2014 and possibly on the big screens one day!


Watch John and Paige’s short film


Life After Breakfast from paige on Vimeo.


Next time you stop in Centennial Park for a coffee, say hi to John.



Tropfest kicks off at 11.00 am on Brazilian Fields in Centennial Park on Sunday 8 December 2013. Pack a picnic and head down with friends and family to help us celebrate this iconic event.

And remember…bike is best for Tropfest!

We have a FREE bike valet service available at the event so cycle in and conveniently park your bike without any fuss or cost! More info here.


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