Written By: Ken Hulsey
Sources: MJSimpson.co.uk / Kaijuphile Forums / Avery Guerra
Monster Island News readers may remember that a few months back I reported on a rumored remake of the British giant monster film "Gorgo" that was supposed to be helmed by "Shaun of the Dead" director Edgar Wright. Well as you may have heard Wright publicly squashed those rumors. Well it seems that there was indeed a Gorgo project in the works after all.
"Waiting for Gorgo" is a fifteen minute short film that was written by M.J. Simpson as an homage to the classic 1961 monster film that starred Bill Travers and William Sylvester. This new movie, which is not intended to be a sequel, was directed by Benjamin Craig of Cinemagine, who actually discovered the film on a mailing list.
The film is presently in post-production after shooting a the famed Elstree Studios this past July. Elstree as you probably know, has been the home both the Star Wars and Indiana Jones movie franchises. The production was allowed to use about half of the facilities for the weeks shooting.
Now it should be noted that the actual monster, "Gorgo", does not make a guest appearance in the film. So if giant monster buffs are waiting for Gorgo to rise up out of the Thames, then they will be waiting for awhile longer.
The film actually centers on a secret organization called DMOA that was put in place by the British government to aide the country in defense of attacks by giant monsters and aliens. You need to kinda think of it as a comedy version of "Torchwood", sans the cool Jack and Gwen characters.
Deep in the bowels of the Ministry of Defence lies a secretive government department identified only as the ‘DMOA’. Just what the DMOA does has been lost in the annals of time - all that is known is that it's the last line of defence protecting London from total destruction.
Determined to find out more about this strange department, Alexandra, played by Kelly Eastwood (Death at a Funeral), a young ambitious defence analyst, sets off into the rabbit warrens of Whitehall to see the DMOA for herself. Finding two aged public servants in varying stages of senility, played by Geoffrey Davies (Tales from the Crypt) and Nicholas Amer (Treasure Island), Alexandra is convinced that the DMOA is the result of an unfortunate mistake. However, as the conversation progresses it becomes apparent that the old guys may not be as senile as they seem, and more worryingly, they may indeed be London's last line of defence.