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Sam Roggeveen


9 August 2010 15:20

About a year ago I gave my impressions of the popular Australian 'young adult' novel, Tomorrow, When the War Began, about a group of teenagers camping in the bush when Australia is invaded by a foreign force. I noted at the time that there was a film in the works, and it premiered yesterday.

I can't find any early reviews yet, but from the trailer, it's clear that the film is pitched pretty squarely at the teen market. But it aint Storm Boy — this is a high budget affair that is no doubt aimed as much at foreign audiences as Australian.

The open question is whether Asian audiences will be lining up for tickets. As this exchange on the ABC's Q&A program shows, author John Marsden is reluctant to say who the invader in his story is. But the film-makers could never be that vague, and from the trailer we can at least deduce that Australia has not been invaded by NATO or New Zealand.

Chinese netizens have been bemused to find China cast as the villain in the remake of Red Dawn (which is set in the US but has a very similar premise to Tomorrow, When the War Began). Bemusement may turn to annoyance if both films depict China as the invader, but FWIW, the trailer for 'Tomorrow' shows two types of fighter jets (F-16 and Mirage 2000) that China does not operate.

Tomorrow, When the War Began opens in Australian theatres on 2 September.