- Cast: Richard Roxburgh, Rhys Wakefield, Ioan Gruffudd, Alice Parkinson, Dan Wyllie, Christopher Baker, Nicole Down, Allison Cratchley, Cramer Cain, Andrew Hansen, John Garvin, Sean Dennehy, Nea Diap
- Director: Alister Grierson
- Writers: John Gavin, Andrew Wight
- Producers: Ben Browning, James Cameron, Ryan Kavanaugh, Michael Maher, Peter Rawlinson, Andrew Wight
- Co Producer: Aaron Ryder
- Associate Producer: Leesa Kahn
- Art Direction: Jenny O'Connell
- Casting: Gregory Apps
- D.O.P.: Jules O'Loughlin
- Editor: Mark Warner
- Makeup: Wizzy Molineaux
- Music: David Hirschfelder
- Production Design: Nicholas McCallum
The 3-D action-thriller Sanctum follows a team of underwater cave divers on a treacherous expedition to the largest, most beautiful and least accessible cave system on Earth.
When a tropical storm forces them deep into the caverns, they must fight raging water, deadly terrain and creeping panic as they search for an unknown escape route to the sea. Master diver Frank McGuire has explored the South Pacific's Esa-ala Caves for months.
But when his exit is cut off in a flash flood, Frank's team-including 17-year-old son Josh and financier Carl Hurley are forced to radically alter plans. With dwindling supplies, the crew must navigate an underwater labyrinth to make it out. Soon, they are confronted with the unavoidable question: Can they survive, or will they be trapped forever?
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Filming Locations: Gold Coast, Australia
- MPAA Warning: Language, some violence and disturbing images
- Production Budget: $30 million
- Production Companies: Sanctum Australia, Great Wight Productions/ Osford Films, Relativity Media, Universal Pictures, Wayfare Entertainment
- Production Schedule: 27 November 2009 - January 2010
2010 Guide Analysis: "James Cameron's post-"Avatar" side hobby is serving as executive producer on this $30 million Australian 3D film currently shooting on the Gold Coast. Distribution rights have already been sold around the world, partly due to Cameron's name but also due to the fascinating true story that, if adapted right, could become a solid critical and commercial success.
2005's "The Descent" about people trapped in a vast cave system demonstrated how great atmospheric tension can be generated from a well-filmed spelunking thriller. Add the elements of underwater diving, 3D, and the fact that no silly mutant monsters pop up to ruin the rest of the film's credibility in the last act and you could essentially get something along "Touching the Void" quality lines. That assumes though that the script and direction are up to standard.
In the big chair is Aussie filmmaker Alister Grierson, four years on from his first feature "Kokoda". That film scored so-so reviews for focusing too little on its characters and too much on the gory details of war. It did though earn high praise for its technical skill as what was essentially a low-budget film by students had production values on a level to rival Hollywood studio films. Given the right script, Grierson could definitely make this a memorable experience."