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  The Last Secret

A teenage crush leads to tragedy. The Last Secret is a moving film which covers the issues of sexuality, youth suicide and teacher/student relationships.

At its first screening, many of the audience were moved to tears. This is a major achievement in 6 minutes.

Stills from film

>> See full-size stills 1 - 2 - 3 - 4

The Last Secret has been selected to be shown at:

  • Philadelphia GLBT Film Festival 2001
  • Fort Worth GLBTFF 2001
  • Portland GLBTFF 2001
  • Austin GLBTFF 2001
  • Tucson GLBTFF 2001
  • Ajicic, Mexican FF 2001
  • New Zealand TV
  • German TV
  • Dutch TV
  • Wollongong Women's FF 2001
  • Short Sited 2001
  • International Childrens FF 2001
  • Riverina 2001
  • Mardi Gras FF 2002
  • Sour Grapes 2002
  • Kaleidescope film festival 2002
  • Bondi Film festival 2002
and many others.



Cast and crew
SimonPeter Budnik
JackieXenia Natalenko
TonyNicholas Pratley
NewsreaderRebecca Hall
DadChris Hurley
MumRie Natalenko
PrincipalGeoff Reed

Students of Whitlam High: Glenn Adnum (Mal), Jeremy King (Stevo), Alex Natalenko (bullied kid), Bianca Veness (girl), Melissa Garcia, Michelle Hawkett, Gilbert Murdoch, Peter Musgrove, Zoe Nelson, Susanna Nickolas, Amy O'Reilly, Lorelle Pembridge, Anthony Teasdale, Jade Walker.
Teachers of Whitlam High: Susan Allen, Les Tasker, Bob Natalenko

Written, directed & produced byRie Natalenko
Production ManagerChris Hurley
1st ADTaras Natalenko
Director of PhotographyLes Tasker
Unit ManagerGeoff Reed
Makeup and WardrobeSusan Allen
Stills PhotographyLuke Dunham, Rie Natalenko
2nd ADBen Lipman
Camera assistantRebecca Hall
Unit assistantLorelle Pembridge
RunnersLuke Dunham, Bob Natalenko
EditingTaras Natalenko, Brian Weaver
CastingRie Natalenko, Xenia Natalenko