Directors : Edward Hartely Tom & Vanessa Cox

2021 OzIFF Laurel Winner OzShort
Resistance film poster

Overview & Credits


Set in a dystopian war torn society, Resistance is the story of a young girl, Anna, who begins to question her surroundings and those around her. She asks, 'Is it better to live scared or die free?'

Director Biography

Edward is a filmmaker from Melbourne, Australia who has been consistently working on short projects over the last 10 years. He graduated with a degree in screen production and is currently studying his masters degree in screenwriting at The Victorian College of the Arts.

Co-Director and Cinematographer Vanessa Cox' Biography: Since finishing Valedictorian in her Bachelor of Film Production in 2011, Vanessa has shot numerous local independent productions ranging from short films, corporate spots and music videos.

Vanessa gained a Silver Award from the Australian Cinematographers Society in 2014 for her work on the music video 'Waking up the Same' by Cosmo Black.

Her work has screened at festivals locally and internationally. In 2016 the short film 'Trolley' was accepted into the Rising Sun Film festival and in 2017 'Today is Not the Day' was screened at the 25th year of the Raindance Festival in London. 2018 saw another title 'Better Safe Than...' shown at the Dances With Films Festival in LA.

Before making the move to full time shooting, Vanessa worked steadily as a Camera Assistant on a variety of Film and Television. Credits include feature film ‘Scare Campaign’ and long form titles such as Picnic at Hanging Rock, Offspring, The Beautiful Lie, Nowhere Boys, Mustangs FC, Wentworth, Clickbait, Five Bedrooms, Romper Stomper: Next Gen and Underbelly Files: Chopper.


Vanessa Cox - Producer / Dirctor / Writer / Cinematographer
Edward Hartely Tom - Director
Cristin O'Carroll - Production Assistant
CJ Welsh - Production Assistant
Sumah Hurley - 1st Assistant Director
Lucy Claire East - Script Supervisor

Key Cast

Darcy Scales - “Anna”
Barnabe Brokensha - “Dmitri”
Carla Jane McCallum - “Teresa”
Marie Werrett - “Maryla”
Sal Galaforno - “Commanding Soldier”
Andy Berry Browne - “Young Soldier”
Jeffry Bryant Jones - “Ivor”