Occupation: Rainfall (2020)


Introduction

Occupation: Rainfall is a 2020 Australian science fiction action film written and directed by Luke Sparke.

Also known as Occupation: Rainfall Chapter 1 and it is a sequel to the 2018 film Occupation.

Outline

The human resistance in Sydney learns about an alien operation called “Rainfall” related to a location, Pine Gap. No details are known but a team of 3, including one Alien, sets out to learn more. The human resistance in Sydney is attacked and destroyed, along with Sydney itself. Survivors flee to a military mountain base but it too is attacked and destroyed. The recon team arrives at Pine Gap which turns out to be a US intelligence base hosting 2 goofy survivors despite being destroyed on the surface. “Rainfall” is an artificial asteroid of sorts hidden below the base and created by the aliens, with potential high tech capabilities. A hasty plan to destroy the asteroid is made but to no avail, the asteroid falls into the hands of attacking aliens.

Cast

  • Dan Ewing as Matt Simmons.
  • Temuera Morrison as Peter Bartlett.
  • Daniel Gillies as Wing Commander Hayes.
  • Lawrence Makoare as Gary the Alien.
    • Brad McMurray as Gary the Alien (additional suit actor).
  • Mark Coles Smith as Captain Wessex.
  • Jet Tranter as Amelia Chambers.
  • Ben Chisholm as Steve.
  • Jason Isaacs as Steve (voice).
  • Ken Jeong as Bud Miller.

Production

On 17 September 2020, it was announced that Jason Isaacs had joined the cast of Occupation: Rainfall. On the same day, it was announced that the film was in post-production, with visual effects being worked on by artists behind Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017).

Release

The film is set to make its SVOD debut on Netflix in the United States on 09 October 2021.

Sequel

Luke Sparke is working in active development of Rainfall Chapter 2.

Trivia

  • In the scene where we are first introduced to Bud Miller (Ken Jeong) and Steve (Jason Isaacs) at the Rainfall base, a poster can be seen in the background for Luke Sparkes’ previous movie, Red Billabong (2016), which also stared Dan Ewing (Matt).
  • In this film Temuera Morrison (Jake the Muss) does get his wife to ‘cook him some eggs’.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Luke Sparke.
  • Producer(s):
    • Alex Becconsall … co-producer.
    • Shanan Becker … executive producer.
    • Michael E. Beer … executive producer).
    • Bill Bromiley … executive producer (as William V. Bromiley).
    • Clint Buchanan … executive producer.
    • Elphie Coyle … executive producer.
    • Simon Duma … executive producer.
    • Clay Epstein … executive producer.
    • Zac Garred … associate producer (as Zachary Garred).
    • Carly Imrie … executive producer / producer.
    • Carmel Imrie … executive producer / producer.
    • Geoff Imrie … executive producer.
    • Anthony Jephcott … executive producer.
    • Jonathan Saba … executive producer.
    • Ness Saban … executive producer.
    • Luke Sparke … executive producer.
    • Angela Taylor … executive producer.
    • Phillip Thomas … executive producer.
    • Todd Williams … co-executive producer.
    • Tobias Wolters … co-producer.
  • Writer(s):
    • Luke Sparke … (written by).
    • Dale Dye … (additional dialogue) (as Dale Dye USMC).
    • Felix Williamson … (additional dialogue).
  • Music:
    • Frederik Wiedmann.
  • Cinematography:
    • Wade Muller … director of photography.
  • Editor(s):
    • Luke Sparke.
  • Production:
    • Occupation Two Productions.
  • Distributor(s):
    • Shaw Organisation (2021) (Singapore) (theatrical).
    • Flins & Piniculas (2021) (Spain) (all media).
    • Gravel Road Distribution Group (2021) (South Africa) (all media).
    • Metropolitan (2021) (France) (all media).
    • Monster Pictures (2021) (Australia) (all media).
    • Movie Cloud (2021) (Taiwan) (all media).
    • New Select (I) (2021) (Japan) (all media).
    • Noori (2021) (Vietnam) (all media).
    • Saban Films (2021) (USA) (all media).
    • Scene & Sound (2021) (South Korea) (all media).
    • Shaw Organisation (2021) (Singapore) (all media).
    • Signature Films (2021) (UK) (all media).
    • Smile Entertainment (2021) (Denmark) (all media).
    • Smile Entertainment (2021) (Finland) (all media).
    • Smile Entertainment (2021) (Norway) (all media).
    • Smile Entertainment (2021) (Sweden) (all media).
    • Splendid Film (2021) (Germany) (all media).
    • Umbrella Entertainment (2021) (Australia) (Blu-ray) (DVD).
  • Release Date: 30 October 2020 (Monster Fest Travelling Sideshow, Australia).
  • Rating: 15.
  • Running Time: 128 minutes.
  • Country: Australia.
  • Language: English.

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