Occupation: Rainfall hits the climax of a cinematic crusade

In the search for filmmakers addicted to genre, the Australian screen sector has its fingers crossed for Occupation: Rainfall. We are about to find out if we get what we need.

It is not fair to say that Luke Sparke is just a space opera dweeb, though he does love his Star Wars memorabilia. In fact he has much wider tastes as a writer/director, all of which are focused on mainstream entertainment.  

Now he is launching Occupation: Rainfall, one of the very few indy Australian indy features with a full swag of sci-fi special effects and blockbuster quantities of fire and fury. He spent his childhood surrounded by military kit, costumes and schedules because his parents own Queensland company SparkeFilms which specialises in costume and prop hire. He has a touch of nationalism in his own makeup; as he said in our interview, ‘I want to push the benchmark of what independent films can do in this country, and also make sure that kids growing up in next generation can have an experience of a sci -fi movie, but with accents and locations they find familiar.’

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.