The battle for Earth begins with rebellion

Out on:Blu-Ray 21st Jan. 2019
DVD 21st Jan. 2019
Download 21st Jan. 2019
VOD 21st Jan. 2019

Fast sell:

War of the Worlds Aussie-style, as small-town residents fight alien invaders in a slam-bang sci-fi epic packed with dazzling effects and bug-eyed beasties.

Key talent:

Temuera Morrison (Aquaman, Star Wars: Battlefront II, Once Were Warriors)

Dan Ewing (Home and Away)

Stephany Jacobsen (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles)

Rhiannon Fish (The 100)

Izzy Stevens (Underbelly)

Jacqueline McKenzie (Deep Blue Sea, Romper Stomper)

Bruce Spence (Mad Max 2+3)


After their small Australian town is annihilated by an airborne attack, a group of civilians evade capture, only to discover they are now among the last remaining survivors of an extraterrestrial invasion engulfing the entire planet.

As humanity falls under world-wide occupation, the small group form a home-grown army to fight back against vastly superior and utterly merciless enemy forces.

We like it because:

Luke Sparke follows up his hugely enjoyable action-horror Red Billabong with a no-nonsense alien invasion epic that mixes Red Dawn into Independence Day for an explosive burst of Ozploitation sci-fi entertainment, that has proved such a big hit in cinemas down under that a sequel is already being filmed.

Sparke has assembled the cream of the crop of Australian acting talent, with Dan Ewing (joined by fellow Home and Away stars Stephany Jacobsen and Rhiannon Fish) swapping the safety of Summer Bay for a small town invaded by aliens; also appearing is Temuera Morrison, from Star Wars: Battlefront II, Once Were Warriors, and soon to be seen in the big budget blockbuster Aquaman, on top form here as an ex-con who leaves jail only to run into a whole heap of trouble; Romper Stomper’s Jacqueline McKenzie, and the legendary Bruce Spence, the gyro pilot from Mad Max 2, almost unrecognisable as the towering alien leader.

Featuring some memorably nasty visitors from another planet, more explosions than you can count, and a band of feisty human fighters you’ll be sure to be rooting for, this is a must for fans of invasion spectaculars like Skyline and Battle: Los Angeles.

Hot Quotes:

“Good-naturedly gruff, unabashedly resourceful and proudly Australian” The Hollywood Reporter

“Occupation is an action-movie throwback, a comfortable old combat boot” Village Voice

“A bloody good time” Film Ink



Altitude Film Entertainment
Release date
21st January, 2019
Digital release
21st January, 2019
Running time


Luke Sparke
  • Temuera Morrison
  • Dan Ewing
  • Stephany Jacobsen
  • Rhiannon Fish
  • Izzy Stevens