Official Stills by Rupert Reid

Behind the Scenes photos by Alexandra Olguin

During baking hot Sydney summers, Sam works as a traffic warden on abuilding site. He comes home each night to his own company. His suburbanblonde-brick home is a sanctuary and also a prison. The routines of daily lifeset on repeat until one day, Sam’s quiet life is interrupted by a drone flyingover the back fence.

Prone to the Drone is a melancholy comedy about loneliness and connection,as seen through the eyes of a man who has made a life to protect himself from the chaos and accidents of the outside world.


Director: Daisy Montalvo

Writer & Lead Performer: Shawn Spina

Producers: Miranda Aguilar, Vanessa Hyde

A Screenability Film Fund Film

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Technical Specifications:
Duration: 11:40 minutes

Formats available: DCP, H264 HD 1080p, ProRes HD 1080p

Prone to the Drone (2019)

Photo by Alexandra Olguin

I started working with Shawn Spina on Prone to the Drone when it was just a funny anecdote about a drone flying into his backyard. Slowly the idea grew into the short film it is today: a melancholy comedy about mental health, masculinity, isolation, and finding absurdity and humor in the darkest moments. 

Prone the Drone was my first film credit as a Producer. I gave him feedback writing the script through the CuriousWorks writer’s group, I assisted in sending through the Screenability 2019 grant, and produced the short film with mentorship from Vanessa Hyde. 

Prone to the Drone premiered at the 2019 Sydney Film Festival, and toured with the Travelling Film Festival across regional NSW. It has been selected by the Dumbo Film Festival, Canberra Mental Health Film Festival, Wide Angle Film Festival, and was awarded an Award of Commendation by Canada Shorts.  It was also screened at MCA’s 2019 Art is for Everyone Weekend, the 2019 Arts Activated Conference,  as well as the 2019 Hume Housing AGM

In 2020, Prone to the Drone was part of ABC iView’s International Day of People with Disability digital collection

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