XLR8 Actors had the great pleasure of working alongside one of Australia’s most accomplished and admired actors; Myles Pollard, in Factory293. An epic production that transformed sunny Perth, Western Australia, into 1940's snow swept Russia, complete with a fierce blizzard.
On a daily basis, Myles Pollard managed to turn a very cold & grimy munitions factory full of women machinists, trapped by a blizzard, into a warm and amorous movie set. “Such an honourable man, on & off the set” said XLR8 Actor Lynda.M, “we spent many long days filming at the historic midland train station where my own great grandfather made his name here in Perth. It was amazing to see this train station full of history transformed to a working factory surrounded by blizzary snow in a swamped Russian camp. Myles certainly lead by example with his professionalism, equality, & warmth. Mass kudos to Director and writer Roderick Mckay!”
Those involved, cast or crew who were not familiar with the rein of Stalin around 1933 & 1945, soon became quickly aware of how some of those 14 million + people became prisoners in their own home. Portrayed by a lead cast of Myles Pollard, Lizzie Schebesta, Ben O'Toole, Nicola Bartlett, Christie Sistrunk, Katya Shevtsov worked like a well-oiled factory to tell the tale of Factory293. A drama / thriller set in a remote part of Stalin's war-torn Union of the Soviet Socialist Republic. A Manager of munitions FACTORY293, faces the realities of his existence. Despite the infatuation of his female factory workforce, he is drawn to increasingly melancholic thoughts – Stalin has abandoned him. With a howling blizzard outside, the factory's power is suddenly cut, & in a flurry to restore the power before the inspectors arrive, two machinists are sent into the raging blizzard to investigate.
Watch the Official Trailer here:
Writer, Director & Producer Roderick MacKay, along with producers Justin McArdle & Mike Searle certainly succeeded; receiving nominations for WA Screen Awards including: Best Short Form Drama / Roderick MacKay for Direction & Editing Short Form / Andrew Gordon for Visual FX Short Form / Louise Brady for Production Design Short Form / Josh Hogan for Sound Short Form. With a special mention to Roderick for humbly Winning the award for best editing, production design & VFX.
Yet another notch in the Australian Filmmaking belt demonstrating this Western Australian team’s capacity to achieve high production values on a tiny budget & to take on stories set in any time or place. XLR8 Actors Models Talent Management was honoured to be involved & apart of brining a unique & compelling story to life.
Watch this quick message of thanks from FACTORY293 lead actor Myles Pollard and Writer/Director Roderick MacKay along with a few VFX breakdowns from the film's Official Teaser - enjoy!