Show 'Occupation' in Cairns

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'Occupation' (2018) looks to be one of the greatest movies ever made. 

See the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsC15OBrBk0&t

Directed by Luke Sparke and starring Temuera Morrison (Jango Fett!), this homegrown Aussie sci-fi action flick follows a ragtag group of survivors fighting back against an alien invasion of rural Australia. 

Tomorrow When the War Began, but with aliens.

Seriously, watch the trailer. UFOs bombard a local AFL field. The Australian Defence Force fights spaceships over a Queensland cane field. Jake the Muss versus ET, Down Under.  What more could you want?

I've always been a massive sci-fi movie nerd. I can quote Star Wars verbatim and I've seen Independence Day at least 10 billion times. But being from Cairns instead of New York or Los Angeles, I've never had an opportunity to see my home region get incinerated by laser beams or crushed under a computer-generated robot.

And it's not just me: it's the whole country. Australia's always been seriously underrepresented in this genre of film. Most Aussie films are depressing arthouse pieces about drug addicts in Sydney. If we even get a look in for a mainstream action blockbuster, it's a two-second shot of Sydney Harbour before it cuts to somewhere else (usually Tokyo).

But Occupation is different. The whole movie is filmed and set in rural Australia. Sugarcane fields, green mountains, forests, small towns with Telstra phonebooths and Hilux utes. It's perfect for Queensland audiences, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see their beloved hometowns become the setting of an explosive CGI-fueled Hollywood-level action film. 

But, for some reason, Event Cinemas (the only cinema provider in Cairns) is only giving the film a release at limited locations, such as Chermside in Brisbane. 

It looks like moviegoers in North Queensland (ie, the people that actually live around the canefields and jungles in which the movie occurs) will be denied to see this masterpeice on the big screen, as it was meant to be seen. 

We can change this, however, if we demonstrate that there's a sufficient audience for the film here in north Queensland (or at least Cairns, where I'm from. I'm so keen to see this movie, ay). 

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