THRILL-A-MINUTE: Duncan Cunningham makes his horror film festival debut at MonsterFest this month.
THRILL-A-MINUTE: Duncan Cunningham makes his horror film festival debut at MonsterFest this month. Sarah Harvey

Ipswich movie too terrifying for YouTube

WHEN North Ipswich filmmaker Duncan Cunningham posted his new movie on YouTube, it took only six months before the site's administrators had it removed.

According to them, the film's violent content was too extreme for public audiences.

"Because of the movie's course language and violent themes, I was actually surprised it was allowed to stay up there for so long," Mr Cunningham said.

"Before it was pulled though, the 94-minute film managed to rack up more than 200,000 views - which was overwhelming.

"I was disappointed when it got taken down, but it was great to see so many people had taken an interest in it."

The action-thriller film, Foresight: Killer Instinct, was filmed in Ipswich by Mr Cunningham and his crew last year, on a budget of about $10,000.

The movie is set in an alternate Ipswich where rampant crime has left police understaffed and a community besieged.

It follows the story of a young psychic as he locks horns with a corrupt detective.

Mr Cunningham said genre fans would be delighted by the film's abundant offerings of blood, guns, drugs, explosions and all-round unrelenting violence.

He said the movie had been his first feature-length film and had been four years in the making.

The 30-year-old's hard work and dedication seems to have paid off though, with the film to make its festival debut this month at MonsterFest 2013.

The annual event, which is held in Melbourne, showcases some of the best cult and horror cinema from across the world.

Mr Cunningham said having his film selected for the festival's program had made him feel quite accomplished.

"To have Foresight: Killer Instinct screened in a film festival and get some recognition is what I have been striving for," he said.

"I've been out promoting this film for so long, now that I have reached this point I feel like I can finally relax a little.

"I'm hoping audiences will enjoy the movie so that it will create some buzz and persuade other festivals to showcase it.

"The ultimate goal is to have a distributor circulate it widely."

MonsterFest will be held from November 21 to December 1 with Foresight: Killer Instinct to be screened on November 23.

To contact Mr Cunningham or his production company, visit


Duncan's movie influences


Cyborg (1989)


Mad Max (1979)


Stone (1974)


Saw (2004)


The Dark Knight (2008)