Queen of the Bees

A post-apocalyptic scifi short.

Running Time: 16 Min | Science Fiction


  • Official Selection at the New York City Independent Film Festival 2014
  • Official Selection at the Costa Rican International Film Festival 2014
  • Finalist at Made In Melbourne Film Festival 2014


After the Great War of 2025, Earth is in a hopeless state of decay. Ten year old Alex is a pick pocket, hustling tourists to support himself and his sick mother. After years saving for an airfare to the colonised moon of Titan, where Alex hopes to find a cure for his mother’s illness, he winds up on a vendetta with the alluring Queen of the Bees


The Year is 2045 and Earth is in a hopeless state of decay. The effects of corporate greed and corruption have taken their toll on the planet and now, twenty years after the Great War, most of the Earth’s population have fled to the colonized moon of Titan or ‘New Earth’ as it is now referred to. ‘Old Earth’ has become a seedy tourist destination for holidaymak-ers wanting cheap massages and fake Rolex watches.

Ten-year-old Alex is a pickpocket, hustling New Earth tourists to support himself and his sick mother. Having already lost his father to ‘Old Earth Syndrome’, Alex devises a naive plan to save his mother from the same fate. When his plan fails, Alex is condemned to a life on the streets, until the day he meets the alluring Queen of the Bees. She is the daughter of the rebellion and is hell bent on serving her own kind of justice to those responsible for Earth’s downfall. With her and the People’s Army Alex finds new purpose and adventure.


Written and Directed by Joseph Russell
Produced by Anna Russell
Cinematography by Matthew Scott
Starring Saul Pitman, Josh Geary and Jeda Cacioli
Full credits available on IMDB


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