Nicholas Rice, a renowned journalist for the Los Angeles Times, returns to his hometown of 'The Dunes’ to investigate the disappearance of the tenant in his childhood home. Whilst there, a mysterious figure from his past re-emerges and threatens his entire existence.
A psychological thriller set in a small fictional beachside town in Australia on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula, The Dunes is a story of how your past will always catch up with you.
"Tim Phillipps is electrifying in his role and gives a chilling performance as William Knight,” - Cinema Australia Online Magazine
Martin Copping Director NCIS, HAWAII FIVE-0, TOM CLANCY'S RAINBOW SIX SIEGE, CALL OF DUTY: INFINITE WARFARE, ZOMBIE HUNTER
Adrian Powers (Exec. Producer) Producer FORBIDDEN GROUND, DIVE CLUB, BROLGA, CHOCOLATE OYSTER, ROMANCE ON THE MENU
Martin Copping Key Cast "Nicholas Rice" NCIS, HAWAII FIVE-0, TOM CLANCY'S RAINBOW SIX SIEGE, CALL OF DUTY: INFINITE WARFARE, ZOMBIE HUNTER
Tim Phillipps Key Cast "William 'Knighty' Knight" ANIMAL KINGDOM, UNDERBELLY, ONCE UPON A TIME, THE SECRET CIRCLE, DMC; DEVIL MAY CRY
Director Biography - Martin Copping
Martin Copping is a multi award winning actor, producer and director for film and television and gaming. Martin is also a social media content creator and the voice and performance capture artist for some of the highest grossing video game franchises in the world. Martin has amassed a following of over 350,000 followers across all social media platforms.
A graduate of Australia’s National Theatre Drama School, Martin Copping recently appeared on American TV screens in the hit television series NCIS for CBS, ’Hand of God’ from Amazon Studios, ‘Hawaii Five-O’ for CBS and Beerfest: Thirst for Victory for CW SEED.
Martin began his career as a child actor performing in dozens of Australian television commercials before finally landing his first series regular role in the BAFTA award winning series ‘Ocean Girl’. Since then Martin has appeared in guest starring roles in numerous series across every major Australian network. Appearances include: ‘Neighbours’, ‘Stingers’, ‘Blue Heelers’, ‘Eugene Sandler PI’, ‘Something in the Air’, ‘Halifax FP’, ‘Rush’, ‘Lowdown’, ‘Mark loves Sharon’, ‘On the Beach’, ‘Good Guys Bad Guys’, ‘The Violent Earth’ and ‘Footballer Wants a Wife’.
On the big screen Martin starred the independent feature film ‘Forbidden Ground’ which was distributed by Lionsgate. He followed this up with the starring role of Hunter in the grind house action comedy ‘Zombie Hunter’ alongside Danny Trejo (Machete, Badass) and more recent starring roles in 'A Lesson in Cruelty', 'The Last Full Measure' and Mistress Hunter.
Martin moved into production in 2005 and after producing numerous short films, he made the transition to features with 2012’s' Victory Blvd'. More recently Martin co-produced 'Cyborg X' starring Danny Trejo and Produced the feature 'A Lesson in Cruelty'. Martin currently has numerous feature film and TV series in pre and post production and recently took time out to collaborate with friends to produce the AACTA selected 'Safety First', a short comedy.
As a producer, his film 'Pineapples' won Best Screenplay and Best Director at The Angry Film Festival in Australia. His most recent Short Safety first was a finalist of the AACTA's social shorts awards and won The Audience Awards for Australians in Films AiFUpload Competition.
As an actor he was nominated for Best Actor at The Studio City International Film Festival and won Best Actor at FilmStock Film Festival in New Mexico.
More recently Martin has broken into the video game market with roles in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and as the incredibly popular character Mozzie in Tom Clancy's 'Rainbow Six: Siege' for Ubisoft.
Substance abuse and the effects that it has on loved ones has been a major theme throughout my life. I’ve lost family and friends to substance abuse. As a result it’s a topic that I’m extremely passionate about spreading awareness and shining a light on. My hope is that through education and creating an environment where some of the shame and stigma of talking about it is removed, all those that abuse touches can start to heal. This film is a cautionary tale about how the effects of one’s abuse can echo down through generations. We can suffer from the decisions and behaviors of our parents and friends, even when we personally don’t abuse. However what unfortunately happens is when chaos and strife hit our lives and the only coping mechanism we know of are the toxic ones, the cycle continues and the likelihood of tragedy increases. I want to take audiences on a wild ride, not down the well trodden path of an addict out of control, but one of a ’survivor’ who has to navigate the wreckage left behind. Audiences will empathize with our protagonist since they also have had to pick up the pieces at some point during their lives. Hopefully they will see that they’re not alone in that. For those who have lived with anger and regret at an addict and the world they left behind, they will see that perhaps they don’t know the full story and that revenge is a hollow pursuit.