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Wolf Creek (2005)

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Coming Out at 16 September 2005 in theaters

Horror, Thriller

Wolf Creek is horror thriller film written, co-produced, and directed by Greg McLean and starring John Jarratt, Nathan Phillips, Cassandra Magrath, and Kestie Morassi. Its plot concerns three backpackers who find themselves taken captive and subsequently hunted by Mick Taylor, a deranged psychopathic xenophobic killer, in the Australian outback. The film was ambiguously marketed as being “based on true events”, while its plot bore elements reminiscent of the real-life murders of backpackers by Ivan Milat in the 1990s and Bradley Murdoch in 2001, both of which McLean used as inspiration for the screenplay.

Produced on a $1.1 million budget, filming of Wolf Creek took place in South Australia; the film was shot almost exclusively on high-definition video. It had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2005. It was given a theatrical release in Ireland and the United Kingdom in September 2005, followed by a general Australian release in November, apart from the Northern Territory, out of respect for the pending trial surrounding the murder of Peter Falconio.

In Broome, Western Australia, 1999, two British tourists, Liz Hunter and Kristy Earl, are backpacking across the country with Ben Mitchell, an Australian friend from Sydney. Ben buys a dilapidated Ford XD Falcon for their road journey from Broome to Cairns, Queensland via the Great Northern Highway.

After stopping at Halls Creek for the night, the trio makes another stop at Wolf Creek National Park. Hours later, the group discovers that their watches have stopped and the car will not start. After dark, a rural man named Mick Taylor comes across them and offers to tow them to his camp to repair the car. The group goes with him to an abandoned mining site several hours south of Wolf Creek. Mick regales them with tall stories of his past while making a show of fixing their car. He then gives the tourists water which causes them to fall unconscious.

Director: Greg McLean

Writer: Greg McLean

Stars: Nathan Phillips, Cassandra Magrath, Kestie Morassi, John Jarratt

Cast:

John JarrattMick Taylor
Cassandra MagrathLiz Hunter
Kestie MorassiKristy Earl
Nathan PhillipsBen Mitchell
Gordon PooleOld Man
Guy O’DonnellCar Salesman
Phil StevensonMechanic
Geoff RevellPetrol Attendant
Andy McPheeBazza
Aaron SternsBazza’s Mate
Michael MoodyBazza’s Old Mate
Andrew ReimerFlashback Dad
Vicki ReimerFlashback Mum
Isabella ReimerFlashback Girl
David RockIrish Backpacker
Jenny StarvallSwedish Backpacker
Guy PetersenSwedish Backpacker
Paul CurranPool Party People
Christian McMillanPool Party People
Sean GannonPool Party People
Aaron J. MarchPool Party People
Eddie WhitePool Party People
Geoffrey YuPool Party People
Amy SchapelPool Party People
Teresa PalmerPool Party People
Bow VaynePool Party People
Renee ChomelPool Party People
Noni DunstonePool Party People
John Henry DuncanPool Party People
Chloe GardnerPool Party People
Greg SaraPool Party People
Renee LunaPool Party People
Michael SoangPool Party People
Niesha de JongPool Party People
Leesa MillhousePool Party People
Alex De RosaPool Party People
Darren HumphreysDetective
Peter AlchinPolice Officer
Rory WalkerRoadhouse Guy
Jon BlaikieRoadhouse Guy
Greg McLeanOld Man’s Body / Police Officer
Jacob Francis WorrallPoliceman no. 2

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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