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Perception can be a dangerous thing... Commander Olson, tormented by the demons of his military past, is the sole witness to an apparently motiveless suicide. The resulting insomnia adds to... See full summary »


Michael Fausti


Michael Fausti
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Credited cast:
Mathew Bayliss Mathew Bayliss ... Helms
Claire Helena Dobson Claire Helena Dobson ... Nurse
Francois Dubeaux Francois Dubeaux ... Guard
Michael Fausti ... Olson
Wenke Hanus Wenke Hanus ... Capable Officer
Jared Haste Jared Haste ... Doctor Gottlieb
Susan Hughes Susan Hughes ... First R.A.F. Officer
Louise Nosbod Louise Nosbod ... N.A.F.F.I. Canteen Girl
Nick Rogers Nick Rogers ... Turner


Perception can be a dangerous thing... Commander Olson, tormented by the demons of his military past, is the sole witness to an apparently motiveless suicide. The resulting insomnia adds to the Commander's already increasing sense of paranoia. Olson is forced to accept treatment from a mysterious civilian doctor named Gottlieb. However, Commander Olson is unaware that his treatment is being overseen by a shadowy figure known only as "Helms". Olson's hold on reality is soon to be shattered, resulting in a shocking and violent confrontation. Z.A.F. is the debut film from writer and director Michael Fausti. As a conscious rejection of today's technology obsessed movies, Fausti chose to shoot his film entirely on a consumer camcorder, thereby favouring narrative and character over digital spectacle. This lo-fi horror-noir received its world premier in October 2015 at Mexico's prestigious 'Postmortem International Horror & Bizarre Film Festival'.

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One of the key filming locations used for principal photography was Panshanger Aerodrome in Hertfordshire, UK. The airfield was operational during World War II and the aircraft hangars and other buildings pictured in Z.A.F. date back to this period. As a result of a decision by the local authority in 2014 to build houses on the land, the airfield, which had remained in private use since the late 1950s, was closed and all buildings demolished. Z.A.F. was the last film to be made at the site. See more »


Helms: The days in which wars are won by carpet-bombing and Spitfires are over.
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Dark with a modern twist
30 March 2016 | by smfordeSee all my reviews

Being filmed in black and white with plenty to shadow filled long shots, lends a genuine atmosphere of suspense in the short film Z.A.F. which I was privileged to have a preview screening in early 2016.

It is a brilliantly constructed film where you get to glimpse into the mind of a medical subject who happens to be ex-military.

Although the budget is low key the acting of the main character and supporting actors pulls you deeper into the story as it unfolds.

The set, an old airfield base, also lends to the creepy atmosphere and intensifies the experience to the viewer.

With the different approach to the zombie genre, this short film by Fausti Films is definitely one you'll want to view more than once!

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