Australia , 2020, 8'53''
Director: Luke Wissell
Producer: Sam McSweeney
Cinematographer: Jonathan Baker
Writer: Luke Wissell
Composer: Ben Talbot-Dunn
Editor: Shannon Michaelas

Synopsis: Near the end of his twelve month rehab stay, Andrew gives a vulnerable testimony to churchgoers. When the congregation seem to judge him harshly, a shattered Andrew makes plans to slip away from the residential rehab and back to drugs. But Rob, the teenager Andrew’s spent the past two months mentoring, uncovers his best friend’s ruinous plan and stages a frightening coup to save Andrew.

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Director: Luke Wissell
Luke is a South Australian writer and director. His award winning films combine earnest emotion with drama and thriller elements. A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts' directing program, Luke is best known for the short thriller film 'A Stone's Throw' (2018), jointly funded through the Adelaide Film Festival Premiere Fund & the Media Resource Centre Adelaide. Nominated for five South Australian Screen Awards, the twisty portrait of parenthood in crisis was hailed "spectacular" at its premiere and has screened at numerous other international festivals, including Manchester Film Festival. Luke's latest short, 'If I Quit Now' (2020) premiered at the prestigious 30th Flickerfest International Short Film Festival. Other highlights of Luke's work include: - A mentorship with writer/director Francis Annan, observing post production on his feature 'Escape From Pretoria' (2020) - SAFC Production Office Attachment on Goalpost Pictures' 'Top End Wedding' (2018) - Winning Best New Filmmaker at Shepparton Short Film Festival for 'Grounded' (2016), and runner up for the same prize at Dungog Film Festival Winning Best Music Video of the Year at the West Australian Country Music Awards for 'Dreamin' Tomorrow' (2014) When not writing his low budget thriller feature screenplay, Luke loves stormy surfs and planespotting.​

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