A young hacktivist under the pseudonym G1ll (Felix Elliott) receives a USB drive that contains an extraordinary truth. Its mission is to upload it to the internet. However, there are greater forces at play that will stop at nothing to prevent this from happening. Strange photographers with cameras of unnatural power and a ghostly video feed from a woman (Roanna Dalziel, Shortland Street) team up to stop Glll’s pursuit of truth.
Director Ricky Townsend is a young filmmaker from Christchurch, New Zealand. Ricky is an arts student specializing in film at the University of Canterbury’s Ilam School of Fine Arts. He is also aiming to study art in philosophy.
Ricky has selected his recent short films “Tremble” and “TRUTH.exe” for the Sydney Indie Film Festival 2019, the 45th Boston Science Fiction Film Festival, the Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival and the SciFi Film Festival in Australia Changing Face Internationales Film Festival and the Top of the South Film Festival.
I wanted to explore a world that had a consistent, if fantastic, lore where everything seems absurd and surreal to the characters’ eyes. The audience’s desire to know what this larger story is about enables us to sympathize with Glll’s mission. He is just as in the dark as we are and like us he wants to understand everything.
In the film, G1ll is confronted with a moral dilemma. Should we put our well-being above the truth, or is it valuable to know the truth, regardless of how it affects our well-being? This acts for me as a narrative anchor in an otherwise obscure story and is the heart of G1ll’s journey.
I also wanted to show that you don’t need a big budget, with big cameras, with a big cast and crew, to make a big story.
-Ricky Townsend on his latest short Truth.exe