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A film by Josh Tanner

The truth will be unearthed. Best Short Film SITGES 2013

Genre(s): Drama / Historical

• Theme(s): Child / Father-Son Relationship / Murder

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  • Josh Tanner


    At age 19, Josh finished his first short film The Man Amongst Trees as the director, writer, producer, DOP, editor and sound designer. The film went on to be selected for the 2007 Melbourne and Sydney Underground Film Festivals as well as the 2008 Queensland New Filmmaker Awards, where it was the most nominated film of the year.In January 2008, Josh starting working on music clips and TVCs in the camera department, before moving onto features including Storage and Triangle and My America as Data Wrangler. He also completed his second short film The Accountant and the Clown as director, writer, producer, DOP and editor.Josh directed his first short with Perception Pictures, Embrace in early 2009 and recently completed his latest two short films, Deliberation and The Foal, with actors David Roberts (Matrix 2&3, The Square, Fools Gold) and Henry Nixon (Noise, The Pacific). The Foal won Best Film at the 2010 In the Bin Film Festival, the 2010 Shorts on the Green Film Festivals and the 2011 Angry Film Festival. It also placed as 1st Runner Up of the Super Short Golden Oosikar Award at the 2010 Anchorage International Film Festival. The film has screen at over twenty-five international and national film festivals including Palm Springs, Rhode Island, Fort Lauderdale, Newport Beach, St Louis, Whistler, St Kilda and Dungog film festivals.

    2009: EMBRACE

Festival(s) & Award(s)

  • 2013: 46th Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival | OfficialBest short film (2015 Academy Awards® Qualifier)
  • 2013: 29th Warsaw Film Festival Short Grand Prix
  • 2013: 20th Austin Film Festival Best Narrative Short
  • 2014: 38th Cleveland International Film Festival Best International Short Film
  • 2014: Fantaspoa International Fantastic Film Festival Best International Short Film
  • 2014: LOS LANGELES Shorts Fest Best Foreign Film


A man returns to the midwestern farm of his childhood on a desperate mission to unearth the horrifying truth of what landed there in the summer of 1960

Technical Specs

  • Runtimes: 18'
  • Color(s): Colors
  • Ratio: 2,35:1 (Cinemascope)
  • Sound: Stereo / 5.1
  • Country(ies) of production: Australia
  • Original Language(s): English
  • Audience: General Audiences
  • Format(s) available: DCP / ProRes HD

Artistic & Technical Crew

With: Nixon Henry, David Roberts, Tom Usher
  • Screenplay: Josh Tanner, Jade van der Lei
  • Cinematographer: Jason Hargreaves ACS
  • Editor: Derryn Watts
  • Music: Guy Gross
  • Visual Effects: Richard Waterhouse

Company Credits

  • Produced by: Jade van der Lei, Perception Pictures Pty Ltd