Monolith: High Concept Sci-Fi Thriller Enters Production

Posted 2022/05/25 2 0


The production of a new, high-concept science-fiction thriller called Monolith has started this week. The film will be a thrilling one-hander about a headstrong journalist played by Lily Sullivan. Her click-baiting investigative podcast will uncover a strange artifact, an alien conspiracy, and the lies that are at the heart of her own story.

“The opportunity to make striking science fiction is one I’ve worked towards my entire life. I’m so grateful for this opportunity from the SAFC and the Adelaide Film Festival and am stoked with the team we’ve put together. There’s a real feeling of ownership from the entire cast and crew, and that’s a really supportive place to make a first feature,” said director Matt Vesely.

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Sullivan, a rising star from Australia, feature film debut was in P.J. Hogan’s Mental, about a hitchhiker becoming the nanny to five teenage girls. Sullivan went on to be in Picnic at Hanging Rock, a tv series about the mysterious disappearance of a group of schoolgirls, and I Met a Girl, about a musician trying to find his dream girl who may or may not be real. She’ll also be in Evil Dead Rise when that finally comes out.

“Lily Sullivan has an impressive body of work behind her already, and it was obvious to us after our first meeting that she had a lot of passion for the project. We can’t wait to work with her to bring this film to life. The role she plays – the only on-screen role in the whole film – is integral to the film’s success, and we know that she’s going to deliver,” said Vesely.

The Creative Team

Vesley, writer Lucy Campbell, and producer Bettina Hamilton received $400,000 in funding from Adelaide Film Festival (AFF) and South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC) through the ‘Film Lab: New Voices Program.’ The program is a low-budget feature film skills development initiative designed to provide a platform for the next generation of South Australian talent.

“The fact we have had such strong market interest already is testament to the strength of the screenplay Lucy Campbell delivered in the Film Lab program, and we now hope we do it justice as we head into production. The timeline for Film Lab has always been challenging, but the momentum it provides to keep pushing forward is incredibly motivating and focus-inducing,” said Hamilton.

Filming for Monolith is set to take place in the Adelaide Hills and will receive its world premiere at the Adelaide Film Festival this October. The film will be distributed in Australia and New Zealand by Bonsai Films. According to Bonsai Films director Jonathan Page, Monolith is one of the most original he’s read in ages. He thinks it has the potential to blow people away, making Page excited to both see the film on-screen and bring it to audiences.

“We thank Bonsai Films for their support of the project – they have recognized from the start what we are trying to achieve and have been thoroughly supportive of our bold approach to genre filmmaking – we couldn’t have asked for a better outcome,” said Hamilton.


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