High Concept Sci-Fi Monolith Shoots in Adelaide Hills

May 23, 2022
The one-hander thriller stars Lily Sullivan.

“The opportunity to make striking science fiction is one I’ve worked towards my entire life,” said Monolith Director Matt Vesely. “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.

“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 at bringing 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.”

Lily Sullivan first burst onto the scene in PJ Hogan’s Mental, before impressing in the Picnic at Hanging Rock series and more recently in Luke Eve’s feature I Met a Girl. In Monolith, Sullivan plays a journalist whose podcast uncovers an alien conspiracy.

Monolith is the first feature film in production as part of South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC) and Adelaide Film Festival’s (AFF) Film Lab: New Voices initiative, “a low-budget feature film skills development program designed to elevate the next generation of diverse, South Australian filmmaking talent.” The film was written by Lucy Campbell and produced by Bettina Hamilton, and will premiere at the Adelaide Film Festival in October.

Bettina Hamilton, Matt Vesely and Lucy Campbell

The film has received $400,000 in funding from SAFC and AFF and will be distributed in Australia and New Zealand by Bonsai Films.

“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,” said Producer Bettina Hamilton. “The timeline for Film Lab has always been challenging, but the momentum it provides to keep pushing forward is incredibly motivating and focus-inducing. We thank Bonsai Films for their support of the project – they have recognised 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.”

“It is truly exciting to call lights, camera, action on the very first feature film to come out of the SAFC and AFF’s innovative Film Lab: New Voices initiative,” said South Australian Arts Minister The Hon. Andrea Michaels MP. “Not only will Monolith secure all-important feature film credits for its talented creative team, it will also have great flow-on benefits by providing local jobs and skilling opportunities for crew and talent. I congratulate the entire creative team and look forward to seeing the premiere at Adelaide Film Festival in October.”

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