‘It walks among us’
The Dustwalker is a 2019 Australian science fiction horror feature film about an insidious bug that infects the residents of a small isolated town.
Written, co-produced and directed by Sandra Sciberras, the movie stars Jolene Anderson, Stef Dawson, Talina Naviede and Harry Greenwood.
An alien spacecraft crash-lands in an isolated town in the middle of the harsh desert. It’s protected content is damaged, releasing an insidious parasite that attacks the brain of all creatures including humans, making them disorientated, unnaturally strong, and violent if that’s where the subconscious takes them.
Sergeant Joanne Sharp, long time local cop desperately yearns for the city after being dragged back to the small township with the birth of her nephew. Determined to take her feisty younger sister Samantha and eight-year-old son Simon to the city, wakes to find the township without communication. Arriving at the local police station to her police officer partner Luke Dawson, they venture into the town trying to solve unexpected events, that at first appear simple, but before long, they both realise are harbingers of horror to come.
Those who have been infected by the spread of the virus search out those they love, not sure of what they’re about to do when they find them. Joanne and Luke soon discover this virus makes no sense, is random, and in the tight time frame impossible to control. With the town purposely isolated from the outside world by unknown sources, Joanne struggles to understand why?
Eventually teaming up with the alien, who mysteriously makes appearances throughout as he tries to destroy the remnants of his mistake, Joanne, Luke and the towns’ people all fight to save the township from itself, only to realise the alien is prepared to destroy the virus at no expense – including humans that get in the way...
The Dustwalker was screened at the Cannes film market on May 16th and 18th 2019 and premiered at Monster Fest in Melbourne on October 12th 2019.
Cast and characters:
- Jolene Anderson … Joanne Sharp
- Stef Dawson … Samantha Sharp
- Talina Naviede … Michelle
- Harry Greenwood … Paul
- Ryan Allen … Anthony
- Chloe Brown … Frances
- Nina Deasley … Mother
- Sam Dudley … Marlon
- Ruby Duncan … Ellie
- Cassandra Magrath … Angela
- John Harvie Morris … Frank Cole
- Ben Mortley … Bill
- Lawrence Murphy … Infected man
- Alexandra Nell … Marsha
- Peter Williams … Infected man
Walga Rock, also known as Walgahna Rock and Walganna Rock, north-northeast of Perth Western Australia.
- Three Feet of Film
- Head Gear Films
- Kreo Films FZ
- Metrol Technology
- SunJive Studios
Some image credits: UHM