The Caretaker

2012 / 93 mins / Australia / directed by Tom Conyers

Saturday, March 3

9.30 Pm
US Navy Heritage Center
$10 in advance HERE or at the door

World Premiere

Screens with  The Small Assassin 2o11/16mins/USA/directed by Chris Charles

In Tom Conyers’ taut, suspenseful, atmospheric debut feature film, a plague of vampirism has swept across the world. A small but discordant group of survivors hole up in a country mansion. They soon discover that a vampire shares the house with them. So begins an uneasy alliance, which soon threatens to fall apart.

Director’s Statement: “I wanted to make a horror film that was different, that harked back to unique, one-off horror films like ‘Carnival of Souls’ (original version), ‘The Hunger’ and ‘Martin’. Favoring atmosphere and suspense over gore, I also looked to filmmakers like Hitchcock. I also wanted to explore themes that aren’t usually the preserve of horror films. One was the nature of marriage and commitment, a topical issue at the moment. Another theme is whether surviving is always winning.”

Tom Conyers has made half a dozen short films, including ‘Shining the Ball’ and ‘Window Shopper’, and is the author of the novel, ‘Morse Code for Cats’ (Laguna Press, December 2008). The Caretaker is his first feature film.  He obtained a Bachelor of Arts at Melbourne University, majoring in English Literature and Philosophy. In 1999, he completed an Advanced Certificate in Media at Footscray TAFE, followed up with a Graduate Diploma in Film and Television at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2000.

Producer Mark White is a graduate of the Royal New Zealand School of Dance. With ‘Limbs Dance Company’ he toured the world. With his own company, ‘Full of Piranhas’ he continued to tour extensively, even giving a number of Command Performances for various members of the British royal family. While touring Australia in the early nineties in the acting role of Wes in ‘Ladies Night’, Mark decided to settle in Sydney, where he continued to perform or produce shows for the commercial or club scenes. He is perhaps best know as the choreographer of the film ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’ (1994).


Anna Kate Burgess (Annie), a trained dancer, has appeared in many musical productions, including ‘Sweet Charity’, ’42nd Street’ and Mel Brooks’ ‘The Producers’ as well as ‘Macbeth’ and ‘Rigoletto’ for Opera Australia. Film work includes ‘Love’s Brother’ and the role of Tanya in the latest feature from Working Dog Films.

Clint Dowdell (Guy) has created many shows with the installation performance company Red Cabbage. He appeared in two of Tom Conyers’ short films, ‘Window Shopper’ (2002) and ‘Shining The Ball’ (2005). ‘The Caretaker’ is his first feature film role.

Colin MacPherson (Lester) has worked extensively in Australian theatre for the past thirty years as an actor or director. He has also appeared in many TV shows including ‘City Homicide’, ‘The Hollowmen’, and ‘Neighbours’.  Feature film credits include a role in the upcoming feature film, ‘John Doe.’

Lee Mason (Ron) will be recognisable to many Australians through the ‘WorkSafe’ ads. He has worked for many notable theatres such as La Mama, Chapel Off Chapel and The Malthouse as well as having roles in TV shows.  Film credits include the lead role of Marty Browning in the critically acclaimed ‘The Independent’ (2007).

Mark White (Dr Ford Grainger) See producer bio.