Guerilla Bay

A young woman searches for an escape from her everyday life in a holiday home on the South Coast of Australia but finds herself followed by a sinister figure. Guerilla Bay is a picturesque town in the middle of a National Park, Lena explores
the area, walking through the bush down to a quiet and empty beach, she is unable to shake the pervading feeling that she is being watched. When a figure appears on a rocky island in the water Lena leaves the beach and walks back through the bush in an attempt to put some distance between herself and the figure. She finds herself inexplicably back at the entrance to the beach
where the figure now stands closer, unmoving on the shore. She attempts several times to run through the bush and away from the figure but the track acts as a loop and she finds herself back
on the beach over and over again, the figure closer every time.

  • Hannah Dougherty
  • Hannah Dougherty
  • Hannah Dougherty
  • Madeleine Withington
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  • Billy Van Wyk
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    7 minutes 50 seconds
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    September 12, 2017
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    500 AUD
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Director Biography - Hannah Dougherty

Hannah Dougherty is a freelance film maker. Her first role in the film industry was creating animated television commercials for Postbox Sydney and since then she has been working predominantly as a freelancer. Hannah's passion for filmmaking has seen her working all over Australia as well as creating music videos and campaign films in New York and Paris and her short films have been officially selected for national and international film festivals. Her most recent film 'Mates' has been selected for Brooklyn Women's Film Festival, Utah Arts Festival, For Film's Sake and Short and Sweet. Previous to that her film 'The Last Drag' was officially selected for the Fear No Film Festival and Filmstock Colorado. She is currently represented as a cinematographer by Vivien's Creative and as a director by and has worked predominantly on short films, fashion films, television commercials and music videos and taken on the roles of writer, director, cinematographer, animator and editor. In her time as a freelancer she has created music videos for various bands including Le Pie, Jack Stirling, Colour Coding, Milo Mills, Vigilantes and The Upskirts. Hannah's other clients have included Universal Music, Vogue, News Life, Pedestrian.TV, Ellery, Oroton, Veronika Maine, Viktoria & Woods, Sportsgirl and Tony Bianco and she works with various post production companies including The Gingerbread Man, Engine, Candid Films and One Green Bean as an editor and animator. Hannah has worked with a variety of storytelling mediums to produce her films from live action to hand painted animation and is currently working on an animated web series.

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Director Statement

This story is about a young woman who tries to escape her sometimes overwhelming life by travelling down the South Coast to stay in a holiday house, but what she finds there is a sinister figure who she cannot escape from. The main character, Lena, finds herself trapped, running a loop through the bush, always ending up in the same place, the figure closer and closer to her each time. The film is a thriller set in current day, it was filmed on a property belonging to my mother where one half of my family grew up. I wrote the film while I was down the coast and worked with the actress on developing the story and her character. We spent two nights, one day and one sunset shooting in the forest and on the beach near the house. Lena spends a fair amount of time walking through the natural beauty of the forest, but this is tainted by the constant feeling that she is being watched, she finds it difficult to let her guard down and enjoy where she is and she’s incapable of escaping what she was running from in the first place as well as this new enemy. The camera mostly follows Lena from behind, acting as an objective observer to her plight and the editing aids to her confusion and the illusion of the bush track as a repetitive loop as she becomes less and less sure of where she is until her panic takes over. The score was composed by Billy Van Wyk which was inspired by John Carpenter films.