Beautiful They

directed by Cloudy Rhodes

Australia | 2020 | 10 mins
Romance, LGBTQI, Drama


Violet and Blue’s youth collide in an early morning toke that leads to the ocean, where connection stirs. A tender, uplifting queer surf-romance about the nuance of gender and the refuge found in being truly seen.


Director: Cloudy Rhodes
Writer: Cloudy Rhodes
Producer: Ella Millard
Cast: Morgan Davies, Sariah Saibu
DOP: Jordan Maddocks
Editor: Stewart Arnott
Composer: Freya Berkhout
Production and Costume Designer: Emma Rose White
Sound Designer: Simon Rosenberg

Screening schedule

27 June > 3 July
Online screening
(Germany only)




Romance, LGBTQI, Youth, Queer,
Coming of Age, Surf, Drama

Festivals and Awards

  • Tribeca Film Festival –  World Premiere
  • Winner, Best Direction in a Short, Australian Director’s Guild, 2021
  • Winner, Best Film, OutFest Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival 2022
  • Nominated, Best Short Form Drama, AACTA Awards 2021
  • Nominee, Best Editing in Short Drama, Australian Screen Editors Awards, 2021

About the Director

Cloudy Rhodes is a young non-binary writer, DOP, photographer and award winning director producing distinct and emotionally intuitive work. They have directed music videos, short films, and television commercials, worked with international brands such as Levis, Louis Vuitton and Calvin Klein, and shot editorials for i-D, Vogue, Monster Children, Oyster and Russh. Rhodes’ work celebrates gender fluidity and expression, through positive and uplifting queer narratives. Their semi-autobiographical debut short film “Lo Loves You” premiered on i-D, and was picked up by Arcadia Films to accompany the national theatrical release of Sundance Audience Award winner, “First Girl I Loved”, and their short “Deluge” premiered at Sydney Film Festival in 2019. In 2021 their short film “Beautiful They” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, going on to screen at multiple other festivals around the world, including Outfest Los Angeles and the Melbourne International Film Festival. “Beautiful They” was nominated for the 2021 AACTA award for Best Short Form Drama, won Best Film at the My Queer Career Mardi Gras Film Festival, and was awarded the Australian Director’s Guild Award for Best Short Film.