Created as part of the 2023 Spark Film Initiative


Synpsis: After another argument with her long-suffering dad, 15-year-old Xanthe storms out of the house and stumbles upon a rusted-out old robot in the bush. Balancing humour, drama and heartbreak, Rust proves that making new friends isn’t always easy – even when you have an instruction manual.

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7pm, Friday 22nd of September



Philip Tarl Denson, Director, Writer

Philip Tarl Denson is an award-winning screenwriter and producer from Darwin, Australia. Philip has a number of feature film and television projects in development in Australia and in the USA, including his feature film SINGULARITY with Ridley Scott's company and a feature animation with UNIVERSAL. In 2019, Phil was selected as one of 22 creators by Ron Howard's Imagine Impact program where he developed his original TV series, ANOMALY. As a producer, Phil has produced the animated online series MINING BOOM (garnering over 6 million views online and winning Best Animation at the LA Film Awards), stage plays, short films and a short documentary for the ABC.

Will Tinapple, Producer

Will Tinapple is a NT film and media maker, artist, performer and educator. He has successfully produced content and consulted across screen, health, arts, education and natural resource management for more than twenty years. Creating experiential artwork in moving image and theatre, Will has designed and created projections for over 15 immersive theatre and dance productions. Currently also a Screen Media lecturer at CDU, Will has a belief in lifelong learning and is passionately committed to realizing the ongoing improvements to society that film, arts, media and education can offer and in exploring the role of evocative, meaningful and unique stories and processes.