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A man who would never cheat is asked by the woman he loves to have sex with someone else to save their relationship - a compromise which may ultimately destroy them, as love becomes corroded by jealousy.


Jo-Anne Brechin
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Mortley ... Bernard
Shannon Ashlyn ... Sarah
Ainslie McGlynn Ainslie McGlynn ... Rebecca
Jeanie Drynan ... Lynn
Leigh Scully ... Charlie
Seaton Kay-Smith ... David
Steve McGrath ... Andy
Ronald Smyck Ronald Smyck ... Greg
Alison Bennett Alison Bennett ... Sewing Room Lady
Damien Higginbotham ... Ryan
Dinda Timperon Dinda Timperon ... Lily
Lauren Pegus Lauren Pegus ... Good date
Kimie Tsukakoshi ... Intern
Pablo Rodriguez Pablo Rodriguez ... Spanish boyfriend
Rita Kara ... Bad date


Bernard is the thirty-something he always planned to be. He has a successful career, a meticulously neat beachside apartment and a hairstyle with just the right amount of gel. He adores his girlfriend Sarah who's about to move in when she returns from overseas. But Bernard's pristine existence is turned upside down when Sarah confesses her holiday romance. To salvage the relationship, Sarah insists they equal the playing field: Bernard should sleep with another woman. Zelos: from the Greek - meaning 'zeal' and 'ardour', but also 'jealousy' and 'suspicion Written by Claire Harris

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A coming of age for thirty-somethings.


Comedy | Drama | Romance



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8 September 2017 (Australia) See more »

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World Premiere at the Great Barrier Reef Film Festival on the 7th of September 2017.

ZELOS is a film helmed predominantly by women, including director, co-producers, writer, cinematographer and editor. Those creatives attached to ZELOS, also deliberately chose a small and dedicated female-dominated crew. Director Jo-Anne Brechin has a strong visual eye for detail, and this is her feature film directorial debut. Jo-Anne Brechin first met writer Claire Harris who was studying screenwriting at AFTRS in 2013. Claire Harris pitched ZELOS in class at AFTRS, and Jo-Anne Brechin decided "let's do that together". They agreed to make the film when Harris finished the screenplay, a "good creative collaboration" was their starting point for their unique vision.

Deeply inspired by the DIY filmmakers of the mumblecore movement, Harris and Brechin formed their own production company "Painted Gate Pictures". In January 2016, Brechin and Harris co-produced the shoot of ZELOS, and they took less than three weeks, to fully complete their fast paced shooting, beautifully filmed in the suburbs of Sydney. Six months total production time, including auditions, casting, design, and wrapping principal photography. See more »


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Simply brilliant
23 November 2018 | by lambergsaaraSee all my reviews

One of the best Australian films in years. Subtle performances, sophisticated and authentic storyline, all around a great film.

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