On the weekend a couple new trailers for two highly anticipated Aussie films came out. The first is the second trailer for Tomorrow, When the War Began. The film, based on John Marsden’s huge selling young-adult book, looks absolutely brilliant. After watching the trailer, I can’t see how any teenager would not be lining up now to go see it. Girls will love it because the female characters look strong (and the guys are not exactly ugly), and the guys will love it because it’s got heaps of action (and the girls are not exactly ugly). Plus what teenager wouldn’t love the whole “us against the enemy” plot?
It really looks impressive – the type of film that Australians have never really made – an action film targeted squarely at the major film going age bracket of the 15-25 year olds. It should do great business here. How well it will do in America is more problematical, mainly because the accents are Australian, and we all know Americans only like listening to their own people talk (and they really only like movies set in America – hell even Avatar had to assume America is still the world power in the future).
I love the trailer for this, and I haven’t even read the books – but I have to say it makes me want to. I think I want this film to make money more than just about any recent Aussie film – I love that it is base don an Aussie novel, and I love that it is showing everyone that we don’t have to just put up with Transformers Part 46 if we want a decent, fun action film.
The second trailer out was for the animated film The Legends of the Guardians. This is another that looks amazing – the animation truly is incredible. A film about owls? Will it sell? I don’t know, but then I didn’t think Happy Feet would do well (and this is made by the same people – Animal Logic), and these owls do have a look about them that I can see doing quite well in the merchandising stakes. Plus the “Lord of the the Rings vibe, certainly won’t hurt.