The teaser trailer for the sci-fi action flick OCCUPATION is here ahead of its release in Australian and US cinemas, in the second quarter of 2018.
With writer / director Luke Sparke at the helm, Occupation boasts an impressive ensemble cast that includes Home & Away favourite, Dan Ewing, legendary Star Wars and Once Were Warriors actor Temuera Morrison, Battlestar Galactica’s Stephany Jacobsen, and Australian screen darling Jacqueline McKenzie.
Occupation was produced by Carly and Carmel Imrie who worked with Sparke and Ewing on the 2016 creature feature Red Billabong, which marked SparkeFilms’ first foray into the action genre.
The storyline follows a group of small-town residents forced to band together to survive a devastating intergalactic ground invasion. As they fight for survival, the residents realise they need to stay a step ahead of their attackers and work together to strike back
Sparke said filming a massive action epic, jam-packed with invasion scenes, stunts and special effects, in just 6 weeks was a huge challenge.
“We had hundreds of extras, big set pieces, explosions at least once a week and 13 highly regarded ensemble cast members that would sometimes all be in the one scene, so we had to work smart and hard to bring it all together on time and budget,” said Sparke.
Occupation was shot over six weeks in Queensland and New South Wales from the Gold Coast to Bonogin at the back of Mudgeeraba, to Murwillumbah and Helensvale. It was independently financed and filmed with a $3m budget, and will be distributed in Australia by Pinnacle Films.
The cast is rounded out by familiar faces Aaron Jeffery (Wentworth, McLeod’s Daughters), Rhiannon Fish (The 100), Bruce Spence (Mad Max 2), Charles Terrier (Neighbours), Felix Williamson (The Great Gatsby, Underbelly), Charles Mesure (Desperate Housewives), Zachary Garred (General Hospital), Izzy Stevens (Puberty Blues), Trystan Go (The Family Law) and Aussie screen stalwart, Roy Billing.