THE DEFECTOR: Check The First Stills From The Australian Thriller

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The week before Christmas of 1967, Harold Holt - the Prime Minister of Australia - disappeared. The governing head of state of the nation was simply gone. He has never been heard from again. No body has ever been found. The best guess of police is that he simply washed away to sea in some sort of accident but, really, nobody will ever know. This is all fact and the speculation that has swirled around Holt's disappearance ever since has become the starting point for writer-director Scott Mannion's short film The Defector.

1967, the height of the Red Scare. Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt is embroiled in a power struggle after discovering his spymaster has illegally investigated and exposed Red sympathisers embedded within Holt's administration.

We've been tracking this one for some time now and are pleased to share with you the first stills from the film (along with one behind the scenes shot) to show off the gorgeous, vintage espionage look of it. I've actually had a chance to see the film at this point and it's pretty damn fantastic.

Check the images below and remember you can click to enlarge.

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One-EyeNovember 10, 2016 9:49 PM

One of Robert G. Barret's venerable 'Les Norton' series of books did a speculative piece around the Holt story. It's called DAY OF THE GECKO and is pretty damn great. Very funny.