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Nest film image, director James Hunter


Canadian Premiere

An isolated father haunted by his child’s cries of hunger takes up work as a timber feller, only to find operations halted by a mysterious alarm coming from deep in the woods. This is a cautionary tale about a man just trying to provide for his family, and nature coming up with inventive ways of protection against man’s ruthless invasion. Featuring stunning cinematography, Nest is a demonstration of extreme precision, a masterclass of pace and tone, featuring images that work on almost microscopic levels. It is an elegant, black and white, almost haunting tale about the choices we as humans have made that have severely impacted our world, while showing us a relentlessly difficult life in close-up detail.


Community Partner

Director James Hunter
Cast Lasarus Ratuere, Ana Nguyen, Kevin Ryan, Robbie Durrant, Marcus Davila
Credits See Full Credits
Country of Origin Australia
Year 2021
Language English
Film Contact Lost Sunshine Productions
9 min
Drama, Shorts

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Faith Guoga


Steve Anthopoulos


Campbell Brown


James Hunter, Shannon Michaelas

Production Design

Laura Murray

Original Music

Mitchell Sloan


James Hunter headshot, Nest director

James Hunter

A multi-award winning director of shorts, commercials, and music videos, James Hunter grew up in Canberra, Australia. After being gifted his first video camera as a child, he began to experiment and make his own films using family and friends as cast and crew, while utilizing his small town as a backdrop. As a teenager, he moved to Sydney to study the screen arts, picking up many of the notable local and national awards for his short films over the following decade. He has since relocated to Melbourne, Australia, where he has been developing feature film projects.