Travis Bain

Travis Bain

Sapphire Pictures
Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Camera Operator, Cinematographer, Editor and Sound Designer

Cairns, Australia

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About Travis

Travis Bain is a filmmaker and novelist based in Cairns, Australia. Born in Port Macquarie, New South Wales, in 1973, Travis fell in love with cinema at an early age, when his parents took him to see his first movie, Star Wars, at age four. The VHS boom of the early '80s fuelled his obsession with all types of cinema, ranging from Kubrick and Lean to exploitation schlock.

In 1998 Travis moved to Brisbane to study film & television production, learning all aspects of camera operation, lighting, sound and editing. While still a student, Travis won awards for his short films and TV commercials.

In 2002, inspired by Robert Rodriguez’s $7,000 breakthrough feature El Mariachi, Travis began production on his own self-funded debut feature, Scratched. Scratched screened at the Brisbane Powerhouse in 2005 as one of the four finalists in the inaugural Australia/New Zealand digiSPAA Digital Feature Film Initiative, and also screened later that year at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival.

Travis's latest project is the horror/adventure feature Throwback. As of 2016, Throwback has screened at a dozen international film festivals, won numerous awards and been released on DVD and Blu-ray in Australia, the UK, New Zealand, the US, Germany and Canada, with other territories to follow. Travis is currently in pre-production on two new features: the crime thriller Landfall and the sci-fi/horror film Starspawn, inspired by the works of horror author H.P. Lovecraft.


  • Landfall

    Landfall Thriller A young couple in tropical Australia is trapped in their beach house by three desperate fugitives carrying a mysterious box containing unknown contents, and they must rely on their wits and cunning to survive as a severe tropical cyclone looms.

  • Starspawn

    Starspawn Sci-fi Thriller Horror TV current affairs journalist Jo Danforth travels to the Outback with her camera crew to interview a group of survivalists who are preparing for some kind of apocalypse, only to uncover evidence that ancient aliens who once ruled the planet are planning to return to reclaim what was once theirs ...

  • Throwback

    Throwback Action Independent Mystery Thriller Horror Adventure Two pest exterminators scouring the Australian bush for lost gold come across a legend of a different kind: a savage superprimate known as a Yowie, and a deadly battle for survival ensues.


  • Parrot Ice Tours

    Parrot Ice Tours (2014)
    Film (Short, Comedy and Family) Writer Two kids - Manu and Morgan - accidentally break a window playing basketball and come up with an ingenious plan to raise the money to pay for the repairs.

  • Throwback

    Throwback (2014)
    Film (Action, Adventure and Horror) Writer Two modern-day treasure hunters go searching for the lost gold of a legendary 1800s outlaw in the remote jungles of Far North Queensland, Australia. But instead of riches, they find a different kind of legend: a ferocious Australian monster known as a Yowie, Australia's answer to Bigfoot, and a savage battle for survival ensues. Thrown into the mix is a park ranger named Rhiannon and a burnt-out ex-homicide detective named McNab. Travis Bain's second feature is a fast-paced, suspenseful adventure/horror movie that pays tribute to B monster movies of yesteryear, ranging from 'Creature from the Black Lagoon' to 'The Legend of Boggy Creek' to John Carpenter's masterpiece 'The Thing', with a healthy dose of 'Treasure of the Sierra Madre' thrown in as well. Written by Anonymous

  • Scratched

    Scratched (2005)
    Film (Drama) Director Townsville. Tropical North Queensland. Australia. Present day. University student Patrick has just won a million dollars on a "scratchie" ticket given to him for his birthday. The problem is, it's Saturday, and he can't collect his winning cheque until Monday, so he decides to hide it somewhere inside the house he shares with five other university students: anal retentive "house mother" Jones, obnoxious security guard Lorenzo, laid-back surfer Blake, computer nerd Donald, and meek nursing student Tamsin. Patrick goes out on the town to celebrate his big win, but he drinks far too much alcohol and inadvertently insults a violent thug. Patrick cops a severe thrashing which lands him in Townsville General Hospital in a vegetative state. Back at the share house, Patrick's five housemates discuss Patrick's predicament and his hidden million-dollar scratchie. Figuring that Patrick probably won't live long enough to enjoy the spoils of his newfound fortune, the housemates decide to find his ... Written by Travis Bain


  • Audience Choice Award, Understory Film Festival (Little Nippers)

  • Runner-Up Best Film, Understory Film Festival (Little Nippers)

  • Best Foreign Film, Famous Monsters Film Festival (Throwback)

  • Best Feature, Tri-Cities International Film Festival (Throwback)

  • Best Film, Understory Film Festival (Parrot Ice Tours)

  • Audience Choice Award, Understory Film Festival (Parrot Ice Tours)

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