Short Film Give The Mysterious Disappearance Of Aussie PM Harold Holt A Thrilling Sci-Fi Twist

Video: In 1967, Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt vanished while swimming at a beach near his residence. He was presumed drowned, but his body was never recovered — giving rise to a Cold War-era mystery that continues to fascinate. Scott Mannion's new short, The Defector, advances one rather tantalising theory.

Image courtesy of Scott Mannion

I don't want to spoil the twist, but let's just say that "Red Scare" takes on a whole new meaning in this context. Also, the film is so well-crafted that you may be lulled into thinking you're watching a thrilling spy tale set in the real world — until the scifi stuff suddenly takes it to a new level.