GenreDrama, Sci-Fi, Thriller ScreenplayTim R. Lea WriterTim R. Lea LanguageEnglish
Release date6 November 2014 (2014-11-06) (30 Dies Festival) CastDianna La Grassa (Elizabeth), Stephanie May (Claudia), Matt James (Sam), Michela Carattini (Michelle), Byron Sakha (Oliver), John Michael Burdon (Anthony) ProducersNicholas Andrew Halls, Ravi Kambhoj, Zayed Al-Otaiba
TaglineEither one dies...all they all do.
54 days 2014 movie review
54 Days is an Australian science fiction thriller film written and directed by Tim R. Lea, and produced by Nicholas A. Halls and Ravi Kambhoj. The film is the feature length remake of a short film of the same name and plot, cast and crew, which was made in 2013 for the Western Digital Project Sci Fi competition in Sydney, Australia. The world premiere of 54 Days was held on 6 November 2014 at 30 Dies festival in Andorra. The Australian premiere was on 16 November at the Sci-Fi festival in Sydney, and was released on video on demand the same day.
54 Days is set in a post-apocalyptic world, where five people are trapped in a nuclear shelter after a biological/nuclear attack.
John Michael Burdon as Anthony
Gregory J Wilken as Dirk
Dianna LaGrassa as Elisabeth
Michela Carattini as Michelle
Michael Drysdale as Nick
The short length version of 54 Days was made for the 28-day "WD Project Sci Fi" competition, in October 2013. The filmmakers had to write, film and produce a film of maximum 10 minutes within 28 days, being given only a core theme. Tim R. Lea's team was given the post-apocalyptic theme. The film got into the finals and was nominated for best script and best editing awards.
After receiving positive feedback for the short length version of 54 Days, the production team decided to remake the story, this time as a feature-length film. To finance the project, a crowdfunding campaign was launched on February 2014. The goal was set to $54,000 with a time limit of 54 days. The campaign was successful and raised $54,127.
Most of the filming was done during the Easter break of 2014 in Oxford Falls, New South Wales. Everything was shot in four locations (namely a rooftop penthouse, an apartments fire escape, a carpark and a Church Complex studio).