Finale is a short film that follows one man’s journey to the silver screen alongside senior marching ladies, motorcycle clubs, a community orchestra and primary school students.

Finale merges the essence of a musical with contributions from a diverse range of local community groups located in the Mornington Peninsula of Victoria, Australia. The nostalgia associated with Drive In Cinemas unfolds alongside the local wild natural landscapes to create a journey of longing and commitment. Finale is a surreal portrait of a community merged and our desire for that one moment of fame.

Inspired by and starring local hero Evan Knoble and co-starring Rosebud Astral Theatre Society, Dromana Senior Citizens’ Marching Ladies, Frankston Orchestra, Mornington Peninsula Chorale, Peninsula Youth Music Society, Kunyung Primary School, Ulysses Club (Mornington Wanderers & Two Bays Branches).

It was filmed across the Mornington Peninsula with the support of local businesses The Dromana Drive In, Flinders Cove Motel, Boys on Seats, Earimil Gardens, Sunny Ridge Farm, Dromana Senior Citizens’ Centre, Rosebud Memorial Hall, Kunyung Primary School, Dromana Senior Citizens’ Centre and Kananook Primary School

Finale was created by Aphids with its key artists collaboratively writing, creating and producing the work.


1st February 2014
Dromana Drive-In as part of The Drive In Project

4th December 2014
Les Rencontres Internationales, Paris 2014
Gaîté Lyrique, Paris


Directed by: Willoh S.Weiland
Written and created by Aphids Elizabeth Dunn, Lara Thoms, Tristan Meecham, Willoh S.Weiland
Cinematography: Andy Lane
Music Composition: Kelly Ryall
Art Direction: Elizabeth Dunn and Lara Thoms
Performance Direction: Tristan Meecham
Producer: Rosemary Joy
Production Manager: Tom Webster

FINALE and The Drive-In Project is supported by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria and the Besen Family Foundation

Dromana Drive-In as part of The Drive In Project
1 February 2014

Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Fed Square, Melbourne
14 November, 2014

Les Rencontres Internationales, Gaîté Lyrique, Paris,
4 December 2014


Finale film stills By Andy Lane

APHIDS acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung and Boon wurrung peoples on whose lands we live and work. Sovereignty was never ceded and we pay our respect to past, present, and future Aboriginal elders and community, and to their long and rich history of artmaking on this Country.