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The Defector is a great story directed with great style

The Defector is a gorgeous film.

Bruce Beresford, Oscar Nominated Director

The Defector is very well made and masterfully directed

Filmmaker Scott Mannion recently completed The Defector a subversive Cold War thriller that explores the disappearance of Prime Minister Harold Holt. The film was just released online and immediately became a US Viral hit with over 3 million views on Youtube/Vimeo/Steam, receiving coverage in Gizmodo, Io9, Kotaku, Vice/dangerousminds, Polygon, Geektyrant and many more. The Defector was shot by Academy Award-winning cinematographer Russell Boyd, edited by two-time AACTA winner Matt Villa, alongside a world class team. The film's rough cut was a finalist in Screen Australia's talent escalator program and for selection at Sundance Film Festival.

Mannion received an Australian Directors Guild award nomination for his film Anima, which secured grants from Screen Australia and Screen NSW. Anima had its international premiere at the prestigious Clermont-Ferrand film Festival and TV premieres on Canal+ and SBS.

From 2014 to 2015 Mannion joined US production company Benderspink (A History of Violence, The Hangover) to write and develop feature films Polybius and Battlesim.

Before working with Benderspink Mannion directed and produced two successful Kickstarter campaigns (supported by former Australian of the Year Patrick Mcgorry, and Gold Logie-winning actor Samuel Johnson) He raised over $200,000.

Currently, Mannion is developing a Cold War psychological thriller, Gestalt.