The Wanderer

In a post-apocalyptic world, 10 year-old Nathan searches for other survivors and finds new identity. The Wanderer is written, directed, shot, scored, edited by and starring 10 year-old South Australian Harrison Thomas. The theme track ‘The Last Boy in the World’ is also written and performed by Harrison.

  • Harrison J Thomas
    Isolated, I Can’t
  • Harrison J Thomas
    Isolated, I Can’t
  • Harrison Thomas
  • Harrison Thomas
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Sci-Fi, Student, Action, Adventure, Short
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 31, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    32 AUD
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Prince Alfred College
  • Harrison Thomas
  • Screen It International Film Festival
    Gold Coast
    September 10, 2022
    Best Sound Design, Student
  • Sparrowland Short Film Festival
    March 26, 2022
    Official Selection
  • UnderExposed Film Festival
    March 20, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Setting Sun Film Festival
    Official Selection
  • Prague Youth Fim Festival
    Czech Republic
    December 29, 2022
    European Premiere
Distribution Information
  • Harrison Thomas
    Sales Agent
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Harrison J Thomas

Harrison is 12 years old and is a passionate actor, singer, filmmaker and musician based in Adelaide, South Australia. His recent short film, The Wanderer, which he wrote, directed, shot, edited, scored and starred in, won Best Sound Design at the Screen It International Film Festival (Gold Coast) and was officially selected for the Setting Sun Film Festival (Melbourne), Sparrowland Short Film Festival (Brisbane), UnderExposed Film Festival (Adelaide) and Prague Youth Film Festival (Czech Republic) in 2022, and won two of five major prizes (Best Film-Prep and Best Cinematography) in Princes Film Fest 2021 (Adelaide). His original song ‘The Last Boy in The World’ features in the soundtrack. Selma (2022), made by 11 year-old Rizz, has already claimed Best Film-Prep and Best Cinematography at the 2022 Princes Film Fest. Earlier films won Best Sound and Best Editing in the 2019 and 2020 Princes Film Fests (‘Isolated’ and ‘I Can’t’, respectively). Connect at @realrizzthomas on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Director Statement

Beginning as a 2-minute short submission to my school film festival, The Wanderer took on a life of its own as pandemic fear descended worldwide in late 2021. The haunting landscape of Lower Light, South Australia provided inspiration for my post-apocalyptic hero origin story. I didn't need to force the story- just let the landscape speak through my phone lens. The original year 5 submission included a commercial rock song over the credits, so I wrote and recorded the theme song with my dad to make the project completely my own.