TOMAS DEFENDER, a 16mm short with a brooding, film noir feel, centres on an innocent faced, self contained, ten year old. He sits with a birthday cake and waits for his mum, the singer at a jazz club, to return from work. When she does, she is accompanied by a man Tomas does not know. As tension builds, we find ourselves making assumptions that slowly, creepily shift, until we reach the deliciously ambiguous ending. Directed and edited by Paulette Sinclair (Canadian). Written by Andrew Slattery (Australian). Starring Ryan McLaren.

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