This week we present to you April Phillips' short The Last Man On Earth. The film highlights the value of people with disabilities and stars Duncan Armstrong (pictured), a Wellington actor with Down Syndrome, Shane Bartle and Greer Phillips. Completed in 2019 the film is set in the aftermath of a global pandemic where a handful of survivors learn what makes a human being worthy of survival. TLMOE was nominated for Best SciFi short at the Independent Shorts Awards in Los Angeles in 2020.
And Phillips herself recently won a prestigious Outstanding Achievement Humanitarian Award from The Best Shorts Competition, California, which honours filmmakers who raise awareness of a range of social, political, environmental and health issues, combined with excellence in filmmaking craft.
Phillips joins the ranks of high-profile winners of this important award such as Oscar, Emmy and BAFTA winner Vanessa Redgrave for Eyes of St John, and Linda Mills and Chelsea Clinton for their barrier-breaking documentary Of Many.