Outback: Here’s what you need to know about the new survival nightmare

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by Matthew Eeles

Outback’s main characters Wade Kelly (Taylor Wiese) and Lisa Sachs (Lauren Lofberg) should know better than to wander off alone into the vast, unpopulated areas of Australia.

Haven’t they seen Wolf Creek, Wake in Fright, Razorback, Evil Angels, Locusts, or any other Australian movie set in this country’s unforgiving Red Centre? It ALWAYS ends in a nightmare.

Outback is a familiar story: The aforementioned couple travel to Australia for the vacation of a lifetime. When things don’t go to plan during a trip to Uluru, their already rocky relationship is pushed to its limits when things start to go wrong and they’re forced to fight for their survival in extreme conditions. We’re sure there are twists and turns along the way, and the new trailer succeeds by getting excited enough to see the full film. It’s also based on a true story which makes it even more intriguing.

Like so many Australian films, Outback is directed by a first-time feature filmmaker. Mike Green is the main man calling action here from a script he co-wrote with Brien Kelly. The two previously worked together on a short film called Mother, starring Maya Strange and the great Eddie Baroo.

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Green’s other short film credits include Fairytruth with Roy Billing and Die for Real which he co-wrote and co-directed with Ryder Grindle who had a small part in Rolf de Heer’s Bad Boy Bubby way back in 1993. Green also gained experience on Snowtown working as an additional unit assistant and as a director’s assistant on James Vanderbilt’s Truth starring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford.

You may recognise Outback’s two male leads, Wiese and Brendan Donoghue, from another 2019 release. Both actors starred in David Field’s The Combination: Redemption. Donoghue also stars in another 2019 film, Slam, which is due out at the end of this month. He has also had roles on television in Rake and High Life and another David Field film, Convict. It turns out Wiese has seen Wolf Creek after all as he starred in the Stan. original TV series back in 2016. Did he not learn anything? Wiese has also appeared in Top End Wedding and the TV mini-series, Anzac Girls.

Outback is Lauren Lofberg’s second feature film role following an appearance in Arpan Thapa’s low-budget horror film, Sunkesari. Lofberg is also known for two comedy web series, Academy and Back in the Game.

Outback can be seen at this year’s MonsterFest on October 12 in Melbourne where it will screen at Cinema Nova in Carlton. You can find out more details about the screening here. Outback will also have a Sydney premiere when it screens at Event Cinemas George Street on November 2. Details here.

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