Back Row: Damian Walshe-Howling, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ryan Kwanten and Aaron Glenane; In the front row Sana'a Shaik, Finn Little, Seth Larney and Leeanna Walsman (Photo credit Matt Byrne).
Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ryan Kwanten, Deborah Mailman, Aaron Glenane, Damian Walshe-Howling, Leeanna Walsman and Finn Little are starring in the film Seth Larney 2067.
Now filming at Adelaide Studios, the science fiction thriller is set in a depleted, deprived world of oxygen – the result of climate change – that forces humanity to seek the future for salvation.
Shout out! Studios pre-purchased the North American rights to the film produced by Arcadia's Lisa Shaunessy and Kate Croser of Kojo Entertainment.
Smit-McPhee plays Ethan Whyte, an arrogant, selfish underground tunnel worker who embarks on a journey through time that tests his faith in humanity.
Kwanten is Jude Mathers, a tunnel mouse and protector of Ethan who believes that only humans can control their own destiny.
Glenane is Richard Whyte, Ethan's father and one of the greatest scientific minds of his time who is working on solving the oxygen crisis.
Mailman is Regina Jackson, a corporate powerhouse who is Richard's benefactor and believes there is a future for mankind, but at what cost? The cast also includes newcomer Sana's Shaik and Nowhere Boys Matt Testro
A VFX supervisor became scriptwriter, Larney made his directorial debut in Malaysia's success Tombiruo (who was nominated for best Asian film at the AACTA Awards) after working on such films as Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Superman Returns and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Explaining the rationale for the Shout deal! Studios, the production and distribution arm of Shout! Factory, Shaunessy tells IF: "Shout loved the film from the beginning and among several great US offerings in the film, they made the offer more attractive, showing a true passion for the material, message and the great talent involved."
Jordan Fields, shout! VP of acquisitions of Studios, said: "2067 uses climate change as a starting point for a time travel story of elitism, hope, sacrifice, and possibility. We are thrilled to see Seth Larney and his excellent cast realize this thrilling thriller. "
Investors include Screen Australia, South Australian Film Corporation and Create NSW. Umbrella Entertainment will distribute at ANZ. Executive Producers are Michael Rymer, Alexandra Burke of Arcadia, Craig McMahon of Elevate Production Finance, James Boyce and Claire Evans of Grumpy Original, Jeff Harrison and Ari Harrison of Umbrella, Josh Pomeranz of Spectrum Films and Adam Scott, Will Gammon of Cumulux FX and Bryce Menzies of MDW Law and Clement Dunn.
Kew Media Distribution, which is dealing with international rights, has launched the project at the American Film Market. Jonathan Ford, executive vice president of sales and distribution: "This is a history of high science fiction that is very character driven. This is where having actors of this caliber and gravitas pays great dividends. We believe that the film has a great potential for escape. "