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Australian Produced Film is a World First

Archived 23 Mar 2015 - Posted: 24 Jan 2015
With a cast and crew of local talent, and the controversial choice to include feathered dinosaurs, the Australian-produced feature film Dinosaur Island is breaking new ground.

The film will be distributed exclusively by Hoyts and will screen nationally from 14 February 2015.

Dinosaur Island came about when director Matt Drummond was living in Vanuatu, where his company, Hive Studios worked on a string of dinosaur documentaries featuring dinosaurs for American cable networks National Geographic, History and Discovery channels. In Vanuatu, Drummond met legendary Hollywood producer, Paul Mason who encouraged him to make his first movie.

As Drummond, who is originally from  explains “My previous experience running a visual effects studio had taught me that every project I do has to be commercially viable, if not, it just wasn't worth doing because the name of the game is sustainability. I did most of the visual effects myself; I have 20 years’ experience in creature effects” (he won an Emmy Award last year for Art Direction and Graphic Design for his work on Big History for the History Channel).

The score for Dinosaur Island was composed by Australian musician, Chris Wright and the title track was recorded by Kate DeArougo (Australian Idol winner).

Dinosaur Island features two Australian acting newcomers Kate Rasmussen (as Kate Thompson) and Darius Williams (as Lucas Winton).

Dinosaur Island garnered international attention from both the scientific and entertainment community with Drummond’s controversial choice to portray some of the dinosaurs as feathered, notably the Tyrannosaurus.

According to Science, “The most recent discovery of fossilized feathers on a newly identified dinosaur far removed from the bird lineage means that feathers likely were more widespread than previously thought in the dinosaur world.” These latest findings add further weight to the feathered versus non-feathered debate and could change the way scientists and film audiences view dinosaurs.

The main feathered dinosaur has been dubbed the “fluffy T-rex.” Noted geophysicist and science journalist, Mika Mckinnon writes that she is, “delighted that the first Dinosaur Island trailer features a fantastically fluffy T-Rex.”

Director Matt Drummond said that the decision to feature the feathered dinosaur was “about character.”

“Having worked with Jack Horner, Luis Chiappe and a range of paleontologists on all sorts of documentaries and exhibits, one thing is irrefutable… none agrees with the other. It’s an ever evolving science and new discoveries trump old theories almost weekly.”

“Hopefully what we have created sparks the imagination and provides some great entertainment.”

Arclight Films acquired the international sales rights to the film at the Cannes Film Festival and it has since been one of their best-selling films. It has been acquired internationally in over 50 countries for both theatrical/DVD/VOD and network commitments. Millennium Films recently acquired the distribution rights for North American release in 2015.

Pinnacle Entertainment has acquired the rights for DVD/Network and VOD platforms in Australia for release on 1 April 2015.

 

This article archived 23 Mar 2015

 
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