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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.

Filmed and Post Produced in Western Australia

on the Traditional Country of the Noongar Wardandi & Noongar Whadjuk peoples

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Production Information

Writer, Director and Narrator

Nia Pericles

Producer and Executive Producer

Celia Tait

Director of Photography

Pete Gleeson

Darren Mccagh


Ben Ohayon


Nicholas Dunlop

Key Locations

Margaret River

West Perth

South Perth

Sound Design

Ric Curtin


Sean Tinnion

Production Manager

Karen Williams


Ben Ohayon


Nicholas Dunlop

An earnest portrayal

“At its heart Storm In A Teacup is an intimate story of a family dealing with big change.”

“I never wanted to make a film about dementia that was depressing. I wanted it to be playful and funny and a story I hope many people will relate to.”

– Nia Pericles, Director, Writer, Narrator

Photo credit Sabine Albers
Nia, Leon and Moira Pericles at Leon's Retrospective
Photo credit David Dare Parker
Leon paints while Moira rests

An unfortunately common occurrence

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.

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