Jolene Anderson in ‘The Dust Walker’ (Photo credit: Court McAllister).
Jolene Anderson, Stef Dawson, Richard Davies and Cassandra Macgrath head the cast of The Dust Walker, writer-director Sandra Sciberras’ futuristic sci-fi thriller which is now shooting in Western Australia.
Set in 2040, the plot follows the residents of an isolated town who are turned into soulless beings after an alien spaceship crashes in the desert, unleashing a lethal virus. The action unfolds over 24 hours.
Anderson, who stars in Blumhouse’s upcoming horror movie Prey, plays Joanna, the local police sergeant who fights to protect her family.
Davies (That’s Not Me, Offspring) plays her partner Luke, with Dawson (The Hunger Games, Cleverman) as Joanna’s younger sister Samantha and Macgrath as a character named Angela.
The producers are Grace Luminato and Megan Wynn. It is Luminato’s second collaboration with Sciberras following The Green Door, a thriller starring Macgrath, Dan O’Connor and Don Bridges, the saga of a girl who has a battle of faith against God after being orphaned in a fatal car accident.
SC Films International began pre-sales at the Cannes Film Market and deals are in negotiation, Wynn tells IF. “The script is tense and offers a fresh twist on the sci-fi genre,” said SC Films CEO Simon Crowe.
Momo/KW Films will handle Australian distribution. The DOP is David Le May (The Gateway) and Cherish Marrington is the production designer, both WA-based talent. The privately-financed film is shooting in Cue in the State’s mid-West.