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The Last Man on Earth

Short Film (Full Length) – 2019

In this 2019 short film, reporter Annie (Greer Phillips) is holed up in a dilapidated TV studio after a pandemic caused by a vaccine aimed at eradicating birth defects has wiped out millions. Annie thinks she is alone  apart from Max (Duncan Armstrong), a young man with Downs Syndrome caged up outside. Enter Carter (Shane Bartle) whose hatred of 'freaks' like Max tips over into violence. But in the heat of the moment it is Max who acts. Shot at the former Avalon Television Centre on the edge of Wellington, the film garnered more than a dozen awards  including gongs for each of the three main actors. 

If freaks like him didn't exist we wouldn't have needed a vaccine.
– Carter (Shane Bartle) expresses his belief in eugenics

Key Cast & Crew

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Shane Bartle

As: Carter

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Jeff Hurrell


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Greer Phillips

As: Annie Harper

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Duncan Armstrong

As: Max

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Tane Upjohn-Beatson


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April Phillips

Director, Writer, As: Prime Minister

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