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Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Movies - LEIGH PAATSCH For in­for­ma­tion on how to view The Tun­nel, which is soon to en­joy a the­atri­cal run in se­lected cin­e­mas, visit the of­fi­cial web­site thetun­nel­movie. net

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.

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