New tube hit
REVIEW THE TUNNEL (M)★★★ Director : Carlo Ledesma ( feature debut) Stars: Bel Delia, Andy Rodoreda, Steve Davis, Luke Arnold The tracks of your fears
THIS Australian-produced spooker has been making headlines around the world for its unusual funding and distribution model.
The minuscule $ 135,000 budget was ‘‘ crowd sourced’’ by selling off individual frames of the picture to fans intrigued by the pre-shoot pitch.
The completed film was happily flung across to torrenting sites on the internet, where it has already been downloaded almost a million times.
Such has been the positive buzz generated that The Tunnel is now selling well as a special edition DVD and can even be viewed in its entirety as an iPad app.
Viewed independently of its maverick origins, The Tunnel holds up very well as a feature film in its own right.
Staged as an effectively engrossing blend of mockumentary and foundfootage thriller, the mysterious tale of a malevolent presence roaming disused subway routes beneath the Sydney CBD makes a fine fit for director Carlo Ledesma’s guerrilla approach.
While The Tunnel takes some time to find its feet – largely because the first act stays marooned above ground – the eventual descent to the genuinely creepy subterranean locations makes the wait worthwhile.