CHILD OF VIN­TAGE SCI-FI

Af­ter pre­mier­ing on the Gold Coast, The Osiris Child hits the big screen to­day. speaks to the movie’s cre­ator Shane Abbess

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YWars – I love that peo­ple love it. With these sorts of things, in­die films, you have to try dif­fer­ent things. ev­ery­thing, he has no pur­pose, and no idea what’s driv­ing him for­ward. It’s im­por­tant for him to go on that jour­ney. So those are def­i­nitely peo­ple and sto­ries that ex­ist in the every­day, but trans­formed to fit into this sci-fi world. And then from a ba­sic point of view there’s the “don’t judge a book by its cover” les­son. The mon­sters I think is where all the di­vi­sive­ness of the film comes from. They’re the most talked about thing. Some peo­ple like it that it’s real an­i­ma­tron­ics like in the 80s. They also find them quite old school and rem­i­nis­cent. For me it was a step to­wards tak­ing the au­di­ence back to what I grew up with. It was a con­scious de­ci­sion to ground the film rather than use CGI mon­sters, but I do think it por­trayed the pulpi­ness of it. But as for nail­ing the right look and move­ments, they were al­ways de­signed to be al­most like a clunky snap­ping tur­tle. They got out be­fore they were meant to; they were not an ul­ti­mate killing ma­chine yet. But it def­i­nitely comes with its chal­lenges. It’s very dif­fi­cult to make them run, do an ac­tion scene – they’re just very dif­fi­cult to work with. Ini­tially, I was just go­ing to have the nor­mal soli­tary con­fine­ment but then I thought, if you’re in the worst prison in the uni­verse with the worst peo­ple, you’d prob­a­bly like to be locked in a room by your­self. Soli­tary needs to be more about pun­ish­ment. So I thought maybe some­thing like a cof­fin and you can’t stand up. Some­where there are lights mess­ing with your senses. You can never sleep be­cause ev­ery five sec­onds you’re get­ting flipped on your head. I was tap­ping into my sadis­tic side. The Osiris Child: Sci­ence Fic­tion Vol­ume One is out in se­lected cin­e­mas to­day.

The Osiris Child writer and direc­tor Shane Abbess in scene with Kel­lan Lutz, who plays es­caped crim­i­nal Sy.

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