Action/drama about the lives of eight high school friends in a costal town which are suddenly and violently upended by a war that no-one saw coming  Cut off from their families and friends, these extraordinary teenagers must somehow learn to escape, survive and fight back

Prod companies  Omnilab, Ambience Entertainment

Backers  Omnilab Media, Screen Australia

Budget  n/a

Executive producers  Christopher Mapp, Matthew Street, David Whealy

Producers  Andrew Mason, Michael Boughen

Line producer  Anne Bruning

Intl sales  tba

Aust/NZ distribution  Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC)

Director  Stuart Beattie

Screenplay  Stuart Beattie, based on the novel by John Marsden

DOP  Ben Nott

Production design  Robert Web

Cast  Deniz Akdeniz, Ashleigh Cummings, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Lincoln Lewis, Chris Pang, Andy Ryan, Caitlin Stasey, Phoebe Tonkin

Locations  Hunter region of New South Wales and Sydney

Shoot dates  September 28-November 27, 2009

Contact  Fiona Nix, publicist, + 61 2 99116650, fiona@nixco com au