Sanc­tum tops ti­tles

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

Gri­er­son, the di­rec­tor of ground-break­ing Aus­tralian film Sanc­tum, leads the lineup for the first Gold Coast In­die Film TV Net­work meet of 2013. One of the high­est­gross­ing Aus­tralian films of all time, Sanc­tum was pro­duced by James Cameron and in­spired by the neardeath ex­pe­ri­ence of co-pro­ducer An­drew Wight, who was trapped in a cave col­lapse un­der the Nullar­bor Plain. The ac­tion thriller, star­ring Richard Roxburgh, Ioan Gruf­fudd and Rhys Wake­field, was filmed at Warner Road­show Stu­dios in 2010 us­ing the Cameron-Pace 3D fu­sion cam­era sys­tem and the largest un­der­wa­ter set ever built in Aus­tralia. Gri­er­son was also cowriter and di­rec­tor of the fea­ture film Kokoda. In­dus­try bi­ble re­ports he is at­tached as di­rec­tor to Mary Mother of Christ, cur­rently in pre-pro­duc­tion to film in Malta. The film, which peers into Mary’s life at the ages of 8, 15, 19 and 27, casts Ben Kings­ley as King Herod, with Ju­lia Or­mond as Elizabeth, Peter O’Toole as Symeon with Odeya Rush as Mary. Writer and pro­ducer Mack Lin­don will show the trailer for his re­cently com­pleted film Rise of the Un­der­dog at the In­die Film TV Net­work meet, while mu­sic duo Chick ’n’ Stu will per­form live.

The Gold Coast In­die Film and Tele­vi­sion Net­work plays The Base­ment, at The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast, on Wed­nes­day. Doors open 6.30pm for a 7.30pm start. Tick­ets are $15. Phone 5588 4000 to book.

Film­maker Alis­ter Gri­er­son.

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