At The End

At the End is set in a post-apocalyptic world where few people remain, and even fewer reasons to go on living. A man (played by Gyton Grantley of Underbelly fame) down to his last bullet, has reached the point of giving up when a scream interrupts him. He is given one more reason to go on. He makes a quick decision to be a hero once more. But does it change anything?

  • Branden Wittchen
  • Luke Angelo-Roberts
  • Branden Wittchen
  • Caitlyn O'Brien
  • Gyton Grantley
    Key Cast
    Beneath Hill 60, Underbelly, House Husband, Being Carl Williams
  • Richard Mildren
  • Richard Mildren
  • Jarred Lammiman
    Sound Design
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    Sci-Fi, Drama
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 7 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 4, 2015
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  • The Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival
    Winton, Queensland
    July 4, 2015
  • Capricorn Film Festival
  • Port Shorts
  • In the Bin Film Festival
  • End of Days Film Festival
    United States
    North American Premiere
    Nominated - Best Action Film
Director Biography - Branden Wittchen, Luke Angelo-Roberts

Two Brisbane residents and first year Griffith Film School students who met at University. They have continued to collaborate together since this film, co-directing another short and currently in pre-production on two more.

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Director Statement

While attending The Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival in Winton, we took an opportunity to shoot a film with Gyton Grantley who we met there. The film was written, shot, and cut during the week in Winton for the festival where it premiered in the short film competition.

Our interest in creating this film laid in exploring an unlikely hero who had no interest in reward or recognition. We put a man at the end of the world and ultimately at the end of his own world with absolutely nothing to keep him going, and then gave him the chance to do one last good deed. Despite the film being about such dark themes the message is related to a positive aspect of the human condition. Gyton’s character has no name, and as such could represent any man (or woman), as we all have a natural disposition to help others and put them before ourselves.

Our inspiration for Gyton’s character came from strong silent yet determined types such as the main characters of David Michôd’s The Rover, John Hillcoat’s The Road, and Mad Max. We were also trying to build a larger world and isolate a small chapter of this man’s story that could stand alone as well as be part of a larger narrative that we plan to further explore. Those films also played a great role in inspiring the world that we were trying to create, as well as Branden (the writer and co-director’s) experiences of growing up in the harsh and unforgiving outback of North-West Queensland. There’s just something about the serene yet harsh outback of Australia that lends itself beautifully to post-apocalyptic dystopias.