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  • Roderick MacKay: writer, director, producer
  • Michael Searle: producer
  • Justin McArdle: executive producer

FACTORY293 is being produced by Meaning Maker, in association with Digital Media Arts (DMA+)

F293 needs you!WHAT IS FACTORY293?

FACTORY293 is an ambitious short film production that will bring soviet-era, snow swept Russia to sun-drenched Perth, Western Australia, with cutting edge CGI and special effects.

GENRE drama, thriller, war

DURATION under 20minutes

TAGLINE No shelter from the cold, bitter truth.



When a blizzard cuts the power at Russian munitions FACTORY293, Comrade Grigor directs two of his female machinists out to investigate.


In a remote part of the dark and despondent world of Stalin’s war-torn Union of the Soviet Socialist Republic, Comrade Grigor, Manager of munitions FACTORY293, faces the realities of his existence. Despite the infatuation of his female factory workforce, he is drawn to increasingly melancholic thoughts – Stalin, his leader, has abandoned him. With a howling blizzard outside, the power is suddenly cut, rudely interrupting Grigor’s intent to take decisive action. In a flurry to restore the power before the inspectors arrive, Grigor directs two of his female machinists into the raging blizzard to investigate.

FACTORY293 Visual Effects Tests from Roderick MacKay on Vimeo.



“From day one, FACTORY293 has been designed to challenge us and build an entirely new skills base within the WA screen industry.”

“By bringing 1940’s snow-swept Russia to life in sunny Perth (complete with a fierce blizzard), FACTORY293 will demonstrate the local industry’s ability to tackle stories set in any time of place – completely outside of Australia.”

If we can develop a skills base that will us to broaden the types of stories we can tell, then we can increase our capacity to appeal to a more diverse range of audiences all around the world, and we can keep telling stories!”

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