A low budget science fiction horror film shot in
Queensland has come out of nowhere and announced it will make its international debut at the Cannes Film Festival on May 17.
The film, The Dark Lurking, was shot over the 15 months between December 2006 and March 2008, on a budget of $1.5m. First-time director Greg Connors also wrote the script.
The film is set in 2017 and tells the story of outpost 30, a secret international research facility one mile beneath a remote part of the Earth’s surface. Something goes wrong and a team of survivors are forced to battle alien hordes through the thirteen levels of terror to the surface.
Connors told Inside Film the film has locked in two market screenings at Cannes. He said the filmmakers were hoping that strong international sales would push Australian distributors to pick up the film.
"We are trying to make a film that makes money, not some avant garde film that only 200 people will see. We think that if we sell well overseas then we will get a modest theatrical release over here. Hopscotch has already contacted us to express interest, which we were surprised by," he said.
Filmwerx is producing, while creature effects are being handled by Sharp FX, best known for their work in Sony Pictures’ Ghost Rider. Small US sales agent Multivisionnaire Pictures has already picked up the film for its slate.