Iron Sky defies Oz angry skies
By Patrick Frater
Film Business Asia | February 6, 2011
Production of Iron Sky, a sci-fi comedy film about Nazis from the dark side of the moon, finished on Friday (4 Feb) in Queensland, despite the flooding and tropical storm and earlier weather problems in Germany.
The first promo reel of the Finnish-German-Australian co-production will be shown next week at the European Film Market in Berlin.
The Euros6.8 million/A$9 million film is produced by New Holland Pictures and Blind Spot Pictures, with production by Tero Kaukomaa and Mark and Cathy Overett. The film was directed by Timo Vuorensola and scripted by sci-fi specialist Johanna Sinisalo and Michael Kalesniko.
“In Germany the last shooting day had to be transferred to Australia because of a sudden massive snow storm,” said Vuorensola. “In Australia some of the outdoor location shoots had to be moved into studio because of the flooding. A day and a half after the first location was shot in downtown Brisbane, the whole area was under water. In the last week of the shoot cyclone Yasi hit the northern part of the state, but didn’t cause disruptions to filming.”
The local Australian and New Zealand cast includes Peta Sergeant (Satisfaction), Christopher Kirby (The Matrix Reloaded & Revolutions) and Stephanie Paul (Separation City). The German cast includes Julia Dietze (1½ Ritter), Goetz Otto (Schindler’s List, Downfall), Udo Kier (Dogville, Dancer in the Dark) and Tilo Prueckner (The Neverending Story, Die Faelscher).