Train tale spins a web

Se­ries puts real-life hor­ror on our doorstep, writes

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THE direc­tor of Aus­tralian hor­ror film The Tun­nel , Carlo Ledesma, says his lat­est col­lab­o­ra­tion con­tains a much more re­al­is­tic ter­ror.

Ledesma is di­rect­ing three of the seven episodes in the Event Zero web se­ries, which was cowrit­ten and pro­duced by Enzo Tedeschi and Ju­lian Har­vey.

The pair were awarded $100,000 to make the se­ries, af­ter the idea won the Movie Ex­tra Webfest 2.0 com­pe­ti­tion.

The story re­volves around a train de­rail­ment in Sydney. When emer­gency work­ers ar­rive at the wreck­age, they re­alise it’s the least of their prob­lems, as peo­ple with­out a scratch be­gin dy­ing.

Ledesma says this one is more of a thriller, be­cause there’s no su­per­nat­u­ral crea­ture like in The Tun­nel.

‘‘The hor­ror is more re­al­is­tic in the sense that it starts out as an accident,’’ he says, but they re­alise it’s even more hor­rific, when it turns out to be a dan­ger­ous virus.

‘‘(It’s) a lot more grounded in re­al­ity be­cause we live in a day and age where some­thing like that could very plau­si­bly hap­pen.’’

The first episode pre­miered on YouTube in May, with six more on the way.

Vis­it­ing the set of episode two, The Am­bu­lance Team, at a ware­house in Sydney’s Liver­pool, there’s an am­bu­lance parked off to the side and a very ill look­ing ac­tor eat­ing his lunch.

Ledesma ex­plains he is in full-make up and will be playing the in­fected train crash sur­vivor.

‘‘What hap­pens here is a group of young paramedics take in train crash sur­vivors and they think it’s noth­ing se­ri­ous,’’ he says.

But when one of them starts show­ing signs of a strange sick­ness, they re­alise it could be worse

A scene from the spooky new se­ries than they thought. The idea was born af­ter Tedeschi watched a doc­u­men­tary about the hor­rific Tokyo Sarin at­tacks, when a dooms­day cult at­tacked the sub­way sys­tem with the nerve gas sarin in 1995, killing 13 peo­ple and in­jur­ing more than 6000.

Har­vey says they just saw there was so many lay­ers to the story of the Tokyo Sarin at­tacks.

So Event Zero is a sin­gle event, but each of the seven episodes fol­lows a dif­fer­ent char­ac­ter.

The web se­ries stars Aus­tralian ac­tors in­clud­ing Zoe Carides ( Crownies), Valentino Del Toro ( Gabriel, Un­der­belly: In­fil­tra­tion), Harry Pavlidis ( Gabriel, East West 101, All Saints) and Steve Davis ( The Tun­nel).

Aside from Ledesma, episodes have also been directed by An­drew Traucki ( The Reef) and Shane Abbess ( Gabriel).

To watch go to Movie Net­work’s YouTube Chan­nel youtube.com/mnctv

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