Clay Epstein's Film Mode Entertainment announces the AFM World Premiere of OCCUPATION: RAINFALL, the sequel to the highly successful OCCUPATION, which was distributed in NORTH AMERICA by Saban Films, Altitude in UK, Gaga in Japan, Ascot Elite in Germany, Falcon Films in Middle East, Smile in Scandinavia, Flins Y Piniculas in Spain, Aries in India, FOX TV for Pan Asian Television, Scene & Sound in Korea, and Metropolitan in France.
Daniel Gillies, star of the hit CW show THE ORIGINALS and Vampire Diaries joins the cast ofOCCUPATION: RAINFALL and brings with him a major worldwide following and built-in, exponentially growing fan base. The production, written and directed by LUKE SPARKE(RED BILLABONG)showcases a tremendous ensemble of actors as well as extraordinary postproduction and mind-blowing visual effects by many world-renowned VFX houses, whose credits include Star Wars, Blade Runner and more. Hot on the heels of breaking box office records around the world, Crazy Rich Asians star, Ken Jeong headed to Australia to shoot a starring role in Occupation: Rainfall in early October, in locations across Australia including the Hunter Valley and the Gold Coast. Jeong joins the stars from the first film, OCCUPATION, Temuera Morrison (Occupation, Aquaman), Dan Ewing, as well as Stephany Jacobsen (Revenge, Battlestar Galactica), Aaron Jeffery (X-men Origin: Wolverine), Zac Garred, Charles Mesure (Desperate Housewives), and Trystan Go. Several new names will also join the fold, including stars Lawrence Makoare (The Lord of the Rings, Marco Polo), Vince Colosimo (Body of Lies, Underbelly) and Tamala Shelton (Cleverman) and Lisa McCune (Blue Heelers, Sea Patrol).
Director Luke Sparke returns to helm the sequel with Monster Pictures on board as distributors across Australia and New Zealand. Luke Sparke says: "We're building a whole new world with Occupation: Rainfall. What excites me going into this is to jump into the action a few years into an Alien occupation - what's that world look like? And how can we make it different from past films in the same genre? We've gathered a worldclass crew and are adding some fantastic actors to the Occupation family. It's massive!" Clay Epstein of Film Mode Entertainment, who sold the first film into the international market says - "We are extremely excited about the follow up to what has already proven to be a huge success all over the world. This is a testament not only to Luke's talent as a filmmaker but also to audiences' hunger for entertaining and well-produced films. With even bigger F/X and more at stake on the screen, Occupation: Rainfall is going to conquer the marketplace." Occupation: Rainfall picks up two years into the intergalactic invasion of earth, survivors in Sydney fight back in a desperate ground war. As causalities mount by the day, THE RESISTANCE and their unexpected allies, uncover a plot that could see the war come to a decisive end. With the Alien invaders hell-bent on making earth their new home, the race is on to save mankind. The film will be will be produced by mother and daughter duo Carly & Carmel Imrie (Occupation, Red Billabong). Joining them is American co-executive producer Todd Williams (The Nun, Alex and Me). Grant Hardie of Monster Pictures says: "We see massive growth potential for the franchise, the Occupation team did an amazing job with the first film so we naturally wanted to be on-board for the sequel. Working together we hope to deliver the biggest Science fiction blockbuster Australian audiences have ever seen."
Film Mode continues to rack up impressive sales across the board, as evident with this and other new titles, and the reputation of the Film Mode Entertainment team. The company continues to operate as a home for the elevated genre films and has been helping to pave the way for filmmakers of all kinds in this rapidly changing marketplace, where competition is at a peak. The company further strives to present a variety of commercially viable products that remain true to their key-messaging, continuously filling the hole in the marketplace for films that "raise the genre-bar" and that audiences are yearning to see more of, as proven by recent box-office records, media attention, award shows and major film festivals. Film Mode Entertainment is representing worldwide rights on OCCUPATION: RAINFALL outside of Australia and New Zealand.