ABOUT SCOTT
Scott Mannion is a British film director, writer, and producer. In 2018 he won a Directors Guild Award (Au) for his two part half hour Cold War Spy thriller THE DEFECTOR (Nominated in 2013) Mannion is currently authoring the book and feature film The Way of the Dragonslayers, with a line of original replica artefacts, ancient emblems of wisdom, his co-author on the works--a world famous Orator and iconoclastic thinker, one of Youtubes most popular Polemicists(TBA). Upon releasing The Defector, Mannion broke audience records on Steam (#1 PC Streaming platform) besting major studio titles, international anime and independent movies for #1 spot in MOVIES and a top 10 spot across all video for a Month. The Defector gained 4 mill logged viewers across platforms, performing well in the USA, Great Britain, Russia and Germany.<br /> Following the release Mannion was awarded a State Representative award on the floor of the NSW Parliament, and was recognised for his achievements in film directing. Mannion lead a world class team on The Defector, Including: Academy Award winning Cinematographer Russell Boyd (Master and Commander), AACTA winning editor Matt Villa (The Great Gatsby, Lego Movie), BAFTA winners, Chimney Group Sweden (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Her) and more recently teaming up with BAFTA winning composer Peter Davison.

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 CPC in mainland china and online, reported on Polygon. 

Mannion has raised over $1 million from patrons for screen projects and produced two crowdfunding campaigns. He secured Cable and Broadcast distribution deals licensing works at international markets (AFM, Cannes) to Canal+,Canal+ Italy, Arte France, SBS, Qantas Airways, Virgin Airways.

Mannion has directed television commercials in the Antipodes and maintains an art stock photo library (Getty Images).

In 2013 mannion won the US TrackingBoard Feature screenplay competition in LA. He created books The Art of Immateria (concept), The Art of The Defector, available on Steam.

 

PRESS ABOUT SCOTT
FILMS
Gab and move for next review
Audience Reviews
Scott Mannion User reviews

—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.”

—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.

—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.

—Youtube Comment

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

—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.

 

—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.”