Writer and Director: Stuart Beattie
Starring: Caitlin Stasey, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Lincoln Lewis, Deniz Akdeniz, Phoebe Tonkin, Chris Pang, Ashleigh Cummings and Andy Ryan.
A movie based on John Marsden’s inspiring novel of the same name tells the story a group of high school teenagers (Ellie, Homer, Lee, Kevin, Corrie, Robyn and Fiona) who discover their hometown of Wirrawee deserted on their return from a bush camping trip. Their pets are dead or dying and the telephone lines have been cut the kids assume the country has been invaded by a foreign power. The kids take action against the invaders and what follows is a riveting adventure that reminded me of the ABC Minors and the Saturday morning pot boilers of the 60s. Lord of the Flies meets the Survivors in this coming of age movie.