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MONSTER PICTURES in association with Signature Entertainment will release the latest Blumhouse Productions horror DASHCAM in Australian Cinemas from this Thursday, June 30.

With a screenplay penned by Rob Savage, Gemma Hurley & Jed Shepherd, the writers of Shudder’s 2020 breakout horror HOST and directed once again by Savage, DASHCAM will do for night drives what JAWS did for beaches back in 1975.

Weary of pandemic life, Annie (Annie Hardy) makes a surprise, unwelcome visit to her old bandmate, Stretch (Amar Chadha-Patel), stealing his car and taking over his food delivery gig while live-streaming outrageous antics for internet fans. But when she accepts an unusual job, driving a sketchy, frail woman to safety, she’s entangled with an evil she could not have imagined. Now, Annie and Stretch find themselves fighting for their lives against a supernatural creature intent on making Annie its new host.

SUNJIVE STUDIOS, Australian horror distribution specialists MONSTER PICTURES and Chris Brown’s PICTURES IN PARADISE have partnered in the $12 million production fund for an initial slate of three elevated horror films aimed at the international market. The slate is financed by HEAD GEAR FILMSAMCOMRI PRODUCTIONS and SUNJIVE STUDIOS and distributed globally by 101 FILMS INTERNATIONAL.

The first film in the outfit’s slate is Daniel J. Phillips’ second feature DIABOLIC, which will commence principal photography in South Australia in late 2022 and is currently ramping up pre-production.

Co- written by Daniel J. Phillips and Mike Harding, DIABOLIC is the story of a woman suffering from a debilitating chronic disease who is desperate to find treatment. As a last resort, she takes part in a fundamentalist religious ritual and is faced with the force of a mysterious, evil witch.

Daniel J. Phillips said of the film “Diabolic is a character driven thrill ride with terrifying sequences and an ending that will leave audiences’ adrenal glands withered and empty. This will entice horror fans the world over, and also connect with a broader audience that will relate with the rich, complex characters and universal themes that make Diabolic truly unique.”

Pictures in Paradise’s Chris Brown commented “Our partnership with Sunjive Studios, Monster Pictures and Headgear is the perfect synergy to produce a unique pipeline of elevated genre films over the next 3 years. We look forward to creating a powerhouse of horror….”

Silvio Salom said “Sunjive Studios is pleased to be filming and post-producing DIABOLIC in its studios in Adelaide, South Australia. We’re excited in partnering with Headgear and 101 films in this new business model for sustainably producing elevated genre pictures in South Australia for international audiences.”

Phil Hunt adds “This will be my 51st Australian film since I launched Bankside in 2007, and I can’t think of a more brilliant team to be making it with.”

Andy Lyon, CEO of Amcomri Productions and 101 Films International said “We are excited to add Sunjive Studios, Pictures in Paradise and Monster Pictures to our list of production partners as we continue to scale up our international slate” Lyon adds “We have completed numerous projects with Head Gear over the past few years who are a pleasure to work with, and the combination of their finance, the Australian team, and the global distribution capabilities across Amcomri Entertainment’s companies, makes this is an exciting first step in a potentially huge partnership with and beyond these three movies.”

Director of Monster Pictures, Grant Hardie added: “we set up the slate to focus on high quality, high concept, character-driven films that would entertain audiences around the world. DIABOLIC ticks every one of these boxes and I couldn’t be happier to announce this as the lead project”.

DIABOLIC will be produced in association with Mark Patterson from Go Patterson Films with Silvio Salom and Andrew Mann for Sunjive Studios, Phil Hunt and Compton Ross for Head Gear Films, Andy Lyon for 101 Films International, Ari Harrison for Umbrella Entertainment, Grant Hardie for Monster Pictures and Chris Brown for Pictures in Paradise. 

Sunjive Studios is providing equity investment, with Head Gear Films providing production financing. 101 Films International has been appointed as international sales agent with 101 Films and Phil Hunt’s Yet Another Distribution Company as the North America and the UK distributor. 

Sunjive Studios is an Australian independent film and television production and financing company with operations in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. 

The second and third films in the slate are also in pre-production and will be announced in late 2022 and will begin shooting in 2023.

Monster Pictures is pleased to reveal that it’s onboard to distribute THE WALRUS & THE OYSTER, the sophomore feature from award-winning filmmaker Kurt Martin (MOON ROCK FOR MONDAY), in Australia & New Zealand.

THE WALRUS & THE OYSTER follows a single mother who, after the death of her only son discovers a creature living in her house. The creature encourages her to form a relationship with a young boy in her neighbourhood, one whom shares an uncanny resemblance to her deceased son. The bond between the boy and the grieving mother soon turns unhealthy and spirals out of control.

Lunar Pictures have received the provisional certificate from Screen Australia, giving the production eligibility for the producer offset.

Producer Jim Robison is currently in discussions with several overseas production companies but has yet to confirm an international sales agent, he has said “the key to us moving forward is cast and as this film is set within the US, it opens up a plethora of talent options that we’re presently exploring”.

Monster Pictures Grant Hardie expressed that “the script came alive for me on first read so myself and the Monster Pictures team are excited to be working with Jim and Kurt on the film. They are one of the more dynamic emerging filmmaking teams in Australia today so we’re very confident in their ability to realise the film to it’s full potential“.

This psychological thriller was penned by Martin and optioned by Jim Robison at Lunar Pictures, Martin has said “it’s essentially about how grief and suffering can spiral into insanity. It has an element of surrealism and its very different in genre from my first film, which was essentially a family film. I want to scare and rock audiences to the core and leave with something that really gets under their skin and shows people that left unbridled, we are all capable of absolute horror. I was inspired by books like THE MASTER AND THE MARGARITA, LOLITA and AMERICAN PSYCHO“.

Martin’s debut feature, MOON ROCK FOR MONDAY, has been met with 7 wins and over 24 nominations to date at various Australian and international film festivals and critic awards, including the Fipresci Award at the Schlingel Film Festival in Germany. 

Umbrella Entertainment in association with Monster Fest Presents are pleased to announce Special Event Screenings of BEYOND THE WASTELAND, launching with the World Premiere on February 5th. 

BEYOND THE WASTELAND is a new Australian documentary that examines the culture rooted in MAD MAX (1979) and MAD MAX 2: THE ROAD WARRIOR (1981), both of which became instant international cult films during the 1980s, examining the influence that they have had on contemporary culture by featuring the fans that live and breathe all that is MAD MAX. 

Director/Producer Eddie Beyrouthy and Producer Phil Lambert of The Picture Lot travel the world in search of the ultimate MAD MAX fans and explore the level of obsession these true believers have, from costumes to cars to entire lifestyles.

BEYOND THE WASTELAND will have its World Premiere on Saturday 5th February at Village Cinemas Coburg Drive-In in Melbourne, Victoria.

Following the Premiere, BEYOND THE WASTELAND will travel around Australia in a series of special fan-based event screenings that will feature Q&As with Cast & Crew from both the documentary and the original films, along with MAD MAX-inspired vehicles and  cosplayers. 

 Coburg Village Drive-In [World Premiere]
w/ Q&A by Eddie Beyrouthy (Director/Producer)
& Phil Lambert (Producer)
Village Cinemas Morwell
w/ Q&A by Eddie Beyrouthy (Director/Producer)
TicketsFRIDAY 11TH FEB 8.30PM
Mainline Drive-In Adelaide
w/ Q&A by Eddie Beyrouthy (Director/Producer)
Silver City Cinema Broken Hill
TicketsFRIDAY 18TH FEB 8.30PM
VIC: Lido Cinemas Rooftop Hawthorn
w/ Q&A by Eddie Beyrouthy (Director/Producer)
& Phil Lambert (Producer)
VIC: Showbiz Cinemas Drive-In Ballarat
w/ Q&A by Eddie Beyrouthy (Director/Producer)
TicketsSUNDAY 20TH FEB 8:30PM
VIC: Classic Cinemas Elsternwick
w/ Q&A by Eddie Beyrouthy (Director/Producer)
& Phil Lambert (Producer)
ACT: NFSA – National Film & Sound Archive of Australia
w/ Q&A by Eddie Beyrouthy (Director/Producer)
NSW: Event Skyline Drive-In Blacktown Sydney
w/ Q&A by Eddie Beyrouthy (Director/Producer),
Roger ‘Fifi’ Ward (Actor, MAD MAX) and
Paul ‘Cundalini’ Johnstone (Actor, MAD MAX)

QLD: Event Cinemas Loganholme
w/ Q&A by Eddie Beyrouthy (Director/Producer)

Monster Pictures in association with Umbrella Entertainment will release the critically acclaimed New Zealand thriller COMING HOME IN THE DARK to Blu-ray & DVD in Australia on November 3.

Following its World Premiere at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in the US earlier this year, COMING HOME IN THE DARK has blazed the international film festival circuit to widespread critical acclaim with an aggregated score of 92% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Based on a short story written by award-winning New Zealand author Owen Marshall, COMING HOME IN THE DARK follows a man who is forced to confront a secret from his past when a pair of ruthless drifters take his family on a nightmare road-trip.

Adapted for the screen by James Ashcroft and his long-time collaborator, writer Eli Kent (Millie Lies Low). As both director and executive producer, the film is James Ashcroft’s feature film directorial debut and he is now tapped to co-write and direct Hollywood blockbuster DEVOLUTION for Legendary Pictures, based off the novel by Max Brooks (World War Z).    

COMING HOME IN THE DARK stars Daniel Gillies (The Vampire Diaries), Erik Thomson (The Luminaries), Miriama McDowell (Head High) and Matthias Luafutu (Ghost in the Shell).

Umbrella Entertainment in association with Monster Pictures will release the most ambitious sci-fi film ever produced in Australia, OCCUPATION RAINFALL, to home entertainment on June 16.

Following a major theatrical release earlier this year that saw OCCUPATION RAINFALL play in over 200 cinemas across Australia, Luke Sparke’s highly anticipated follow-up to the 2018 feature OCCUPATION is finally headed home to Blu-ray, DVD & Digital.

A film of such epic scale as OCCUPATION RAINFALL is deserving of the deluxe treatment on home entertainment and Umbrella Entertainment & Monster Pictures answer the call with a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray. Loaded with Special Features, ranging from multiple Audio Commentary tracks to Deleted Scenes to Featurettes that take you behind-the-scenes of the film and much more, this is without a doubt the definitive release of OCCUPATION RAINFALL.

Blu-ray Special Features

• 2 x Audio Commentary Tracks
–with writer/director Luke Sparke
-with writer/director Luke Sparke, producers Carly Imrie & Carmel Imrie, actor Zac Garred and VFX Supervisor Alex Becconsall
• 8 x Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by writer/director Luke Sparke
-Montage/ Wessex & Amelia
-Alien Spy in the Base
-Wessex & Amelia Reunite
-Haye’s Room
-Wessex & Amelia
-To the Lost
-Matt Talks to Alison
-Matt Hears Baby Alison
• Behind-the-Scenes (Featurette)
• Making The Music – Attack on Sydney (Featurette)
• Red Carpet Premiere (Featurette)
• TV Spots
-15 Second Spot
-30 Second Spot
• Theatrical Trailer
• Reversible Sleeve Artwork

Blu-ray Specifications

• Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 (16×9)
• Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1