Richard Gray


Furthering the cause of Australian genre filmmakers, Umbrella Entertainment has acquired Australian sci-fi thriller PROJECT EDEN: VOL. 1 for Home Entertainment rights in Australia and New Zealand. Co-directed by Ashlee Jensen and Terrance Young, it premieres in Sydney tonight.

Filmed in the US, Australia and New Zealand PROJECT EDEN: VOL. 1 stars Erick Avari (Stargate, The Mummy, Mr. Deeds), Mike Dopud (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dark Matter), Bruce Bohone (Fargo, Man of Steel), Cliff Simon (Stargate SG-1) and Australians Anna McGahan (Underbelly), two-time Logie Award winner Paul O’Brien (Home & Away) and Mansoor Noor (Cleverman).

Set in the near future in an un-named US state, Project Eden: Vol. I is about a young mother who, aided by an ex-military officer, becomes an unwitting fugitive after she discovers her son’s catatonic state may be at the heart of a global conspiracy.

“We wanted to make a science-fiction film that wasn’t grounded in the typical science fiction world of spaceships and aliens,” says co-director Young. “We wanted to create a story with real characters in a real world, where we could build the story so that by the time we got to the sci-fi element, people were engrossed and immersed in the characters.”

PROJECT EDEN: VOL. 1 is the second film by Australian-based co-directors and co-writers Jensen and Young and their production entity Mad Anth’m Productions. Their first, 500 Miles, was an indie hit on the festival circuit and picked up for DVD and VOD release by Devolver Digital (US) and Eagle Entertainment (Australia). Umbrella is planning the Home Entertainment release for September/October 2017. A theatrical run is yet to be confirmed.