A queer narrative art film based on the historical figure Elagabalus, emperor of Rome.

The story is told through a chorus of eccentric drag performers, tableaux vivants, and a musical number. The film culminates in a recreation of The Roses of Heliogabalus (1888) by Lawrence Alma-Tadema, in which a decadent feast is ended with death by suffocation from a cavalcade of rose petals.

  • CinefestOZ 2020
  • St Kilda Film Festival 2021
Story Xanthe Dobbie & Sam Herriman
Writer Sam Herriman
Director & Editor Xanthe Dobbie
Producer Alexis Talbot-Smith
Production Designers Lily Bennett & Max Boutwell Draper
Cinematographer Sidat de Silva
Composer Jorde Heys