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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

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Recently Mannion completed The Defector a subversive Cold War thriller that explores the disappearance of Prime Minister Harold Holt (shot by Acadamy Award-winning cinematographer Russell Boyd, edited by two-time AACTA winner Matt Villa) The Defector's working cut was a finalist in Screen Australia's talent escalator program and shortlisted at Sundance Film Festival.

The Defector premieres on the 17th of December. Acclaimed director Bruce Beresford served as Mannion’s official mentor on the project.

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 with Jake Wagner and J.C. Spink producing.

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.

films
1967, the height of the Cold War. Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt is embroiled in a power struggle when his spymaster discovers Red sympathisers embedded within his administration.    
After a tragic accident, a fringe scientist struggles to keep his wife alive inside a virtual world. An arthouse scifi story.
Book launch trailer for a spy thriller novel about Australia's most infamous Soviet defection, the Petrov affair.
A book launch trailer directed for a science fiction novel about technology addiction.