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Storm In A Teacup

They were the ultimate team, but right when Artist Leon Pericles needs his wife Moira the most, she’s drifting away.


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  • DIRECTOR Nia Pericles

  • PRODUCER Celia Tait



Storm in a Teacup is an intimate portrait of Western Australian Artist Leon Pericles as he embarks on his biggest challenge yet - an exhibition of his life's works at a time when he has the least support. His wife Moira played a huge part in Leon’s success as his creative counsel and business manager. But now Moira has Alzheimer’s and Leon must juggle his role as artist, husband and carer.

Told through the eyes of their daughter Nia, this uplifting, raw and emotionally engaging documentary explores love, life and loss.

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47.88% funded
  • $300,000.00

  • $143,650.00

  • 9

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Anonymous $10,000.00
The Barton Family Foundation $5,000.00
craig serjeant $1,000.00
Mark Hohnen $1,000.00
The Tong Foundation $6,000.00
Fiona Cookson $300.00
Rowley Foundation $20,000.00
Alastair Chell $3,000.00
Donations 2018 to May 2019 14 Donors $97,350.00

Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

Someone in the world develops Dementia every 3 seconds. It is estimated that by 2030, 75 million people will be suffering from this insidious disease.
Dementia is the second leading cause of death of Australians contributing to 5.4% of all deaths in males and 10.6% of all deaths in females each year.
Shockingly, in 2016 dementia became the leading cause of death among Australian females, surpassing heart disease which has been the leading cause of death for both males and females since the early 20th century. Females account for 64.4% of all dementia related deaths.

The stigma associated with Alzheimer’s is still very much in existence and there is much to do in terms of creating more universal understanding and in creating appropriate care supports.


What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

Despite 280 new cases of Dementia in Australia every day, there is still more we need to do in terms of raising awareness, finding a cure, understanding the illness and the unique situations families are presented with.
I hope this film shines a spotlight on the disease, helping people to understand more about it and in turn raises awareness about some of the key issues associated with it.


What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?

To raise awareness and lobby for further funds for research as one million Australians will have Alzheimer’s by 2050 without a significant medical breakthrough.


How will this documentary achieve its outcomes?

It will commence with the scheduled screenings followed up by the campaign which is still being strategised.


How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?

We have relationships with Dementia Australia and Australian Alzheimer's Research Foundation. We are liaising with them as we plan our campaign so we are all moving in the same direction.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?

To highlight that Dementia is prevalent in Australia, more funding is required for research and that measures can be taken to delay or prevent the onset of Dementia.

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

Numbers of viewers watching the program will assist our objectives along with an increase in research funding and a decrease in Dementia sufferers.