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September 25, 2018 @ 7:03 am

Our regular host of ARTHouse segment Fake Shemp, Sean O’Keeffe interviews filmmaker Tom Taylor at the MTNS Made Salon

Spiteful aliens with more intelligence than humans will shortly appear in the Blue Mountains — but fortunately they will be of the digital variety only.

Leura filmmaker, producer and animator Tom Taylor is creating a 45-minute sci-fi thriller called Last Ark. Set in Katoomba, Leura, Mt Victoria and the Jamison Valley, the short film will double as the first episode of a crowd-funded web series if it develops a following.

 The draft promotional poster for the sci-fi short film Last Ark, featuring Blue Mountains actors Damion Hunter, Georgia Adamson and Josef Ber. Image: Tom Taylor.

Written and funded by Mr Taylor, the thriller is set 40 years in the future in a world decimated by aliens.

The story centres on a crew of survivors left to fend for themselves in an Australian military airship. They are on a mission out of the country in the hope of finding a safe haven, but stop in the Blue Mountains where they try to rescue another survivor. 

Mr Taylor said the short film’s theme is ‘the day of judgment is what you make of it’.

“In this first episode, I’m introducing the story world and its main characters — a mix of military personnel and refugees they’ve picked up and saved. They all have their own interpretations of what’s happening around them and what they can do about it, so this creates tensions and a power struggle within the ship.”

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