ABOUT SCOTT
Scott Mannion is a British film director, writer, and producer. In 2018 he won a Directors Guild Award AU (Nominee 2013) for part1 of THE DEFECTOR, his 2-part Cold War spy thriller (#1 movie on Vimeo (staff pick) and top movie on Steam for 1 month.)<br /> Following the premiere Mannion won a State Representative award and was commended on the floor of parliament for his achievements in film directing by MP for Baulkham Hills. In 2013 Mannion won the TrackingB screenplay competition for his Feature screenplay Polybius, he was awarded management at Benderspink, who secured Scott a year long first look deal with WALT DISNEY STUDIOS. Mannion's team on The Defector: Academy Award winning Cinematographer Russell Boyd (Master and Commander), BAFTA winning editor Matt Villa (The Great Gatsby, Lego Movie), BAFTA winners, Chimney Group in Sweden (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Her) and BAFTA winning composer Peter Davison.

Mannion was applauded for his work by Sundance, program director Mike Plante, and Toronto film festival. He was invited to premiere at the prestigious Clermont-Ferrand film festival. 

He’s garnered both critical success and controversy: soon after its premiere The Defector was banned by the Chinese communist party across mainland china and online, reported on Polygon. 

Mannion is a skilled fundraiser and dealmaker, he’s raised over $1 million from patrons for screen projects, and secured lucrative Cable and Broadcast distribution deals licensing works at international markets (AFM, Cannes) to Canal+,Canal+ Italy, Arte France, SBS, Qantas Airways, Virgin Airways Australia.

Mannion has directed high end television commercials in the Antipodes and owns a large art photography library (managed and sold online by Getty Images).

He’s authored feature screenplays, created and published books (The Art of Immateria, and The Art of The Defector).

Mannion developed a line of original collectibles–replica artefacts and keepsakes from antiquity inspired by ancient emblems of wisdom. Each emblem curated out of hundreds for its utility in navigating modern life. 

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Scott Mannion User reviews

—Gizmodo Comment

“Dig it, dig it, dig it !!!!! This is a film of rare quality. I can watch more of this. Let’s greenlight the tv/streaming series. Now. Also, I thought the cast was a good call. Going with the actor used as opposed to a young pretty boy.”

—Youtube Comment

Someone greenlight a TV series on Netflix, please. This genuinely gives me hope for Australian cinema.

—IMDB, Myriam Nys

“Wonderfully atmospheric and stylish film, both an homage to, and a satire of, Cold War spy dramas à la LeCarré. The beginning of the movie reminds one of a really faithful, really meticulous LeCarré adaptation – think BBC at its best – and then gradually ever more uncanny elements creep in. The finale is deeply disquieting, proving once again that horrors hinted at are more frightening than horrors explained. Nice, natural performances and very high production values.”

—Vintage News user

“This is an impeccably made thriller in every aspect: direction, cinematography, settings, great performances… Mannion keeps us intrigued from the very beginning with this story, wonderfully set in the 60s, and with that classic taste to the old-style political thrillers, with a brilliant plot twist at the end.”

—Steam review

This film is a definite must watch twice movie. 2nd viewing reveals this film for the masterpiece it is. Brilliantly edited and minimalist approach that suggests something so much greater and more insidious.

—Vimeo user

I wanted more of it! I love biographical movies, and so I came to watch this, but this was even better than I expected. Exciting, engaging, and intriguing. Feels like a Sydney Pollack film. It’s wonderfully crafted and heavy with an atmosphere of paranoia. The film is well acted and the cinematography crackles. It feels bigger than it’s budget.

—IMDB, Myriam Nys

“Wonderfully atmospheric and stylish film, both an homage to, and a satire of, Cold War spy dramas à la LeCarré. The beginning of the movie reminds one of a really faithful, really meticulous LeCarré adaptation – think BBC at its best – and then gradually ever more uncanny elements creep in. The finale is deeply disquieting, proving once again that horrors hinted at are more frightening than horrors explained. Nice, natural performances and very high production values.”