The Defector
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The Defector was shot by Academy Award Winner Russell Boyd (Master and Commander), edited by two time AACTA winner Matt Villa (Lego Batman, The Great Gatsby) and created with some of Australia's best creatives. VFX created by Chimney Pot in Stockholm Sweden (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)

The Defector is a subversive Cold War story that explores the infamous disappearance of Prime Minister Harold Holt in 1967.


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.



  • Writer producer director
    Scott Mannion/
  • Cinematographer
    Russell Boyd/
  • Editor
    Matt Villa/
  • VFX
    Chimney group/
  • Producer Designer
    Nicki Gardiner/
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