WE’VE ALL BEEN THERE – 2013 Winner

Posted in Archive Feb 2013 on Tuesday 05.02.13


DIRECTOR: Nicholas Clifford
PRODUCER: Michael Ciccone, Jim Wright & Bridget O’Shea


SYNOPSIS: A flat tyre connects a stranded traveller, a struggling waitress and a man in need of some luck in a way they couldn’t imagine.

DIRECTOR’S BIO: Nicholas Clifford was a Tropfest finalist in 2012 for his film Kitchen Sink Drama, working alongside his current producer Michael Ciccone on that film as well. Together with other producer, Jim Wright, they established their own company Truce Films and work in partnership there. Nicholas has also directed Brad In a Bottle in 2011 and Nicky Two Tone in 2009, has completed a Graduate Diploma at AFTRS. is a Film and TV graduate from RMIT and even lived in Beijing for a year to work on a TV series.


19 Responses to “WE’VE ALL BEEN THERE – 2013 Winner”

  1. Ben Dance says:

    Well deserved Win with such a beautiful message that will hopefully spread the notion throughout society just how good it feels to help out others who are in need.
    Reminded me a lot of the movie “Pay it Forward”
    If you liked this short film be sure to watch that touching and moving film.

    Once again wonderful short film easily 10/10

  2. Francesca Waters says:

    Congratulations Nick on your lovely film.
    Enjoy the prize and the work that will come from it.
    All the best

  3. Roseanne Hoger says:

    What goes around, comes around. Beautiful movie – my pick for 1st place.

  4. KT says:

    Was the Balloon her belly?

  5. Mark says:

    Great short film, wonderful to see Penne Hackforth-Jones in the role of the Mercedes-Benz driver.

  6. [...] We’ve All Been There is an acclaimed, inspiring short film directed by Australian filmmaker Nicholas Clifford, which just won top honors at Tropfest Australia 2013, the world’s biggest short-film festival. In the film, a struggling young waitress has to come up with $800 immediately or lose her house, while a flat tire leaves an older woman stranded in the middle of a desert. At the same time, an unemployed man desperately needs a job. All these stories are brought together as what goes around comes around and they impact each other in a way the three people could never have imagined. [...]

  7. Mitch says:


    I was at tropfest last night and really enjoyed watching this video. But was hoping somebody could explain to me why the unemployed man, desperately needing money, didn’t accept the $25 offer from the women after he noticed she had much more?

    • Travis says:

      Although he was unemployed, he still had dignity. He was doing it out of kindness and didn’t like that she treated him as a servant.

    • Chris says:

      In answer to the question “Why didn’t he accept the money?” These are acts of kindness not jobs of kindness. By not taking the money his act of kindness said much more to the driver about positive human nature than it would have if he had accepted the money.

  8. [...] eventual winner was We’ve All Been There by Nicholas Clifford which was shown as the last film of the night. It was a very nice film for [...]

  9. [...] First place: We’ve All Been There [...]

  10. FrancSoleil says:

    Thank you!
    Very touching!
    Seule une bonne personne peut créer ce genre de chef d’oeuvre!
    Bravo et merci!

  11. Arian Young says:

    Beautiful, inspiring & moving film. So sad to hear that Penny Hackforth-Jones died of cancer today. A great Australian actress. RIP

  12. jw says:

    Excellent short film conveying a powerful message, very deserving of a first place. Congratulations on a great piece of work.

  13. Asabi says:

    Very cleverly done and a beautiful message. Hint, look to his hands for the TSI.

  14. Colleen says:

    Such a sweet story about kindness :)

  15. Thiago Augustus de Oliveira says:

    an old but beautiful history

  16. Carly Sholson says:

    Loved it x

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