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Short Film (Full Length) – 2016

REM was actor April Phillips' first outing as a director, after writing and acting in 2013 short Letter to Hope. Security guard Gail Morris (Phillips) is sent to move a homeless man from an old army fort on private land, and discovers he is a disgraced neurologist whose experiments on his own brain left him mute but able to predict tragic events. Morris wants to use the doctor's 'gift' to save lives, but by doing so she endangers her own. REM was shot at Fort Ballance on Wellington's Miramar Peninsula, and won multiple awards. Phillips was nominated for a Best Actress Award at the Madrid International Film Festival. 

I've got a story I think you'd like to hear. It's big.
– Gail Morris (April Philips) speaks to a news reporter about her discovery

Key Cast & Crew

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Tracey Savage

As: Newsreader

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Tane Upjohn-Beatson

Composer, Sound Editor, Sound Design

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Matt Sharp

Cinematographer, Editor, Associate Producer

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Chris Ryan

As: Dr Joseph Thompson

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Nick Swinglehurst


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April Phillips

Director, Writer, Producer, As: Gail Morris

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