Ivan Sen’s Black Desert LIMBO underway in Coober Pedy with Simon Baker


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Ivan Sen’s Black Desert LIMBO underway in Coober Pedy with Simon Baker

August 19, 2022

Simon Baker in LIMBO, in Coober Pedy

Production is underway in the iconic underground mining town of Coober Pedy, South Australia, for a new feature film Limbo by australian author Ivan Sen (Mystery Road, Goldstone, Loveland), produced by Bunya Productions (Sweet Country, Mystery Road: Origin, True Colors).

Limbo stars AACTA Award-winning, Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated actor Simon Boulanger (Breath, Blaze, the mentalist, Heights), with Rob Collins (The Drover’s Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson, Firebite)South Australian actor Natasha Wanganeen (Anti-Rabbit Fence, Firebite) and Nicholas Hope (Bad Boy Bubby, Drover’s Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson).

Baker stars as Travis Hurley, a detective who arrives in a small town in outback Australia to investigate the unsolved murder of a 20-year-old Aboriginal girl. Bonding with the victim’s fractured family, Travis unravels a series of hard truths, highlighting the complexities of loss and injustice experienced by First Nations Australians.

Minister of Arts The Hon. Andrea Michaels said: “We are delighted to welcome award-winning Bunya Productions and acclaimed filmmaker Ivan Sen to South Australia in the truly unique setting of Coober Pedy. After other recent productions such as mortal combat and fire bite who also filmed in South Australia’s legendary underground city, Limbo will introduce one of the state’s most iconic locations to a global audience.

“The production has great benefits for South Australia and is expected to inject over $500,000 into the local economy, while employing a specialist South Australian team including costume designer Theo Benton, site manager Scott McCarten, gunsmith Piers Hunt and unit manager Josh Jaeger. .”

CEO of the South Australian Film Corporation Kate Cross said: “The collaborations of Ivan Sen and Bunya Productions have delivered some of Australia’s most distinctive stories on screen, grounded in the location of the story.

“Driven by SAFC’s commitment to developing and diversifying South Australia’s ‘Greenlighter’ talent pool, Bunya has created an opportunity for an emerging First Nations practitioner to gain hands-on experience and feature film credit. on production. We were delighted that the famous actor, singer, songwriter and filmmaker is emerging Elaine Crombie worked on this project as associate producer.

“We are delighted that Elaine’s association with Limbo provided an excellent career development opportunity to learn from experienced producers David Jowsey, Rachel Higgins and Greer Simpkin and director Ivan Sen.

Limbo will be Ivan Sen’s seventh feature film, following the success of his 2022 sci-fi film land of love and the mysteries of the hinterland celebrated gold stone and Mystery Road (now a popular ABC series).

Ivan Sen describes Limbo like a “black desert” or a “neo western”, placing the dark and disturbing thriller against the backdrop of the rugged Australian desert.

Limbo is a quest for truth – an intimate study of intergenerational trauma and its ongoing post-colonial effects on Indigenous Australia,” the senator said.

“The world of Limbo is both nostalgic and authentic, and Simon Baker is such a versatile and disciplined performer, exuding Hurley’s stoicism and vulnerability that is simply electric on screen.

Renowned for writing, directing, editing, managing cinematography and music for his own films, Sen is also a co-producer on Limbo, alongside David Jowsey and Greer Simpkin of Bunya Productions (Origin of the Mystery Road, The Drover’s Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson, High Ground, Sweet Country) and Rachel Higgins (Apprentice, Red Hill).

Limbo is a Bunya Productions film presented by ABC and Screen Queensland in association with Windalong Films and the South Australian Film Corporation. The film will be distributed by Dark Matter Distribution.


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