This short horror thriller plays upon our imaginations and fears of being alone in places that are normally brimming with people.
An empty plane, all passengers departed, the crew having locked up and sealed the cabin. Hidden from sight and alone a woman wakes to find herself trapped. The doors are locked, it’s dark, there’s no food or water – and it’s cold. She then hears footsteps. Something unseen is hunting her. Suddenly, her plight becomes not only to escape, but to survive.
That’s the spine-tingling synopsis for ‘Grounded’, the new short horror film, shot in a plane at Avalon Airport and this weekend will be Victorian’s first chance to see the film on the big screen as part of the Monster Fest 2021, a celebration of all that is weird and wonderful in the international cult cinema palette – horror, science fiction, fantasy, dark drama, black comedy, animation, and much more.
Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, the festival will take over Cinema Nova with 10 days of the latest and greatest genre and cult cinema programming from around the world – and included is ‘Grounded’, which will be premiering at the Shorts session on Sunday, December 12th at 4pm, alongside some of best horrors and thrillers from local and international short filmmakers.
The key takeaways
- Grounded is the new short horror film from Jesse Richards and Josephine Croft
- The film was shot on location at Avalon airport in a decommissioned aeroplane
- The film will make its Victorian premiere at Monster Fest 2021 this weekend
Directed by Melbourne and Sydney based Jesse Richards and written and produced by lead actor Josephine Croft, this short thriller plays upon our imaginations and fears of being alone in places that are normally brimming with people.
Filmed on location at Avalon airport in a decommissioned aeroplane, the film centres around a woman (Croft) who wakes to find herself trapped on the aircraft, entirely alone. The doors are locked, it’s dark, there’s no food or water – and it’s cold. She then hears footsteps. Something unseen is hunting her. Suddenly, her plight becomes not only to escape but to survive.
Inspired by a true story of a woman in America falling asleep on a plane and ended up trapped, the film is centred around being alone and trapped in a place normally brimming with people, reflective of our modern fears as Victorians are reminded of the anxiety, the all-consuming drudgery, and uncertainty that lockdowns evoke.
Shooting over two days, the backbone of this film hinged on the eerie location at the apocalyptic Avalon Airport. It is well known that anxiety is fuelled by irrational, worst-case scenario thoughts, and confined spaces are breeding grounds for this process, which makes the location of an abandoned aeroplane incredibly ominous, making Grounded one nerve-shredding horror film to watch – no matter how short.
Since its completion, the film has already achieved a range of impressive accolades, including winner at Monsterflix Awards for Best Short Film, ‘Grounded’ composer Sean Tinnion winning Best Soundtrack at the Europe Film Festival UK, ‘Grounded’ cinematographer Marcus Cropp winning gold at the 55th Annual Victorian and Tasmanian Australian Cinematographers Society Awards for his work in the short film category, as well as nominations at European Cinematography Awards for Best Short Film, New York Cinematography Awards, New York International Film Awards for best original score, and at the AFIN – International Film Festival for best Aussie actress and best visual effects.
Very quickly earning a reputation as a short modern-day horror classic; ‘Grounded’ is an exciting, terrifying and masterful film that will have viewers at the edge of their seats.
You can purchase tickets to the premiere at Cinema Nova on Sunday, December 12 here.
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