WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY:
John Marsden (novel)
Andrew Mason, Michael Boughen
Christopher Mapp, Matthew Street & David Whealy
Tomorrow, When The War Began follows the journey of eight high school friends in a coastal country town whose lives are suddenly and violently upended by an invasion that no one saw coming. Cut off from their families and their friends, these eight extraordinary teenagers must learn to escape, survive and fight back against a hostile military force.
Planning a break from helping her parents on their country farm, 17-year-old Ellie Linton (Caitlin Stasey) wants one last adventure before the school holidays end – a camping trip to a legendary rockpool eden rumoured to be located in the dense bush that the locals have ominously dubbed ‘Hell’.
With her parents agreeing to lend the family Land Rover, Ellie gathers her school mates for the trip: best friend Corrie Mackenzie (Rachel Hurd-Wood) and her amorous, sporty boyfriend Kevin Holmes (Lincoln Lewis), shy beauty Fiona Maxwell (Phoebe Tonkin), larrikin troublemaker Homer Yannos (Deniz Akdeniz), straight-laced, religious Robyn Mathers (Ashleigh Cummings) and Lee (Chris Pang), whose parents run the local Thai restaurant.
Upon reaching their destination, the group discover ‘Hell’ is anything but: the lush idyllic spot turns out to be a hidden paradise, complete with a stream and waterfall – the perfect location for friendships to be forged and romances to blossom. During their weeklong stay, the outside world becomes a distant memory – that is until several squads of low-flying jets make an unexpected appearance in the night sky.
Returning to their hometown of Wirrawee, the seven teenagers soon discover something is seriously amiss: power to the houses has been cut, pets and livestock have been left dead or dying and, most alamingly of all, everyone’s families have vanished.
With a growing sense of unseen danger, the friends split up to look for any clue to what is really happening. Ellie, Corrie and Kevin make a shocking discovery: the local showground has been turned into a prison camp and the entire population of Wirrawee are being held and captive by a foreign military force.
When the hostile armed forces become alerted to the presence of the teenagers, Ellie and her friends – along with a new recruit (Chris Lang, played by Andy Ryan) – must band together to escape, outwit and strike back against the mysterious enemy that has seized control of their town and imprisoned their friends and loved ones.
MUSIC COMPOSED BY:
Reinhold Heil and Johnny Klimek – Soundtrack
AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND RELEASE DATE:
September 2nd 2010
INTERNATIONAL RELEASE DATES:
Slovenia – February 10th 2011
Russia – February 23rd 2011
Malaysia – March 3rd 2011
Spain – March 4th 2011
Denmark – March 31th 2011
Portugal – March 31th 2011
Finland – April 1st
Sweden – April 8th
Norway – April 8th
UK – April 8th
Kuwait – May 12th
Italy – November 4th
Inside Film (IF) Awards:
Best Feature Film
Best Actress (Caitlin Stasey)
Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards:
Best Adapted Screenplay
Australian Screen Sound Guild (ASSG) Awards:
Feature Film Soundtrack of the Year
Best Achievement in Sound for Film Sound Recording
Best Action Sequence (Lee’s rescue)
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