In 2018 Filmmaker Scott Mannion won an Australian Directors Guild Award for directing The Defector, a subversive Cold War thriller. The film was recently released online and immediately became a Viral hit with over 3 million views on Youtube/Vimeo/Steam. It received coverage and highly positive reviews in Gizmodo, Vice/dangerous-minds, Polygon, Geektyrant, Sundance and Tiff programmers, and many more publications. The Defector was shot by Academy Award-winning cinematographer Russell Boyd, edited by two-time AACTA winner Matt Villa, alongside a world class team.

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 and SVOD Amazon Prime.

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)