SF Channel commissions first Australian feature film Arrowhead

Arrowhead press shotAustralian science-fiction channel SF has commissioned a feature film, Arrowhead, to be made by US-based production company Gorilla Pictures.

The film will be fully-funded by SF and was written and will be directed by Jesse O’Brien, who will also produce alongside Eric Machiela, Eric Johnson and Gabe Berghuis.

Arrowhead is an expansion of a short film which was released last year. The feature film is planned for release in 2014 and will be filmed in rural South Australia. Production starts this month.

The synopsis of the film, according to a release from SF, owned by TV1, is: “Arrowhead is a tale of survival set amongst the distant stars.

“Kye is a prisoner of war caught between two armies that he doesn’t believe in. When offered an opportunity for freedom, Kye sets out on one last rescue mission, only to become stranded on a desert moon when his ship – the Arrowhead – crash lands. Kye has to learn to survive when we discovers a new lifeform that will challenge his very body and soul.”

O’Brien said “My original goal, like any other independent filmmaker, was to somehow get a film made and then just hope somebody would want to pick it up. But the faith that SF has put into the project has given the movie a guaranteed audience. That’s something no first-time director would ever begin to ask for.”

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