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Black Water -- Three tourists navigating the treacherous swamps of Northern Australia are forced to fight for their lives after a hungry crocodile capsizes their boat and stalks them from the murky depths in this natural horror thriller.
Black Water -- A terrifying tale of survival in the mangrove swamps of Northern Australia
Black Water -- Inspired by frightening true events, three friends must fight for their lives against a man-eating crocodile when they become trapped in a remote Australian mangrove swamp.

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Writers:
Andrew Traucki (written by)
David Nerlich (written by)
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Release Date:
22 February 2008 (Ireland) See more »
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A terrifying tale of survival in the mangrove swamps of Northern Australia Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Directed by
David Nerlich 
Andrew Traucki 
 
Writing credits
Andrew Traucki (written by) &
David Nerlich (written by)

Produced by
Paul Cowan .... co-producer
Michelle Harrison .... executive producer
Germaine McCormack-Kos .... executive producer
David Nerlich .... producer
Paul Ranford .... line producer
Michael Robertson .... producer
Gary Rogers .... executive producer
Andrew Traucki .... producer
Chris Wheeldon .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Rafael May 
 
Cinematography by
John Biggins 
 
Film Editing by
Rodrigo Balart 
 
Production Design by
Aaron Crothers 
 
Costume Design by
Justine Seymour 
 
Makeup Department
Catherine Biggs .... hair stylist
Paul Katte .... special makeup effects
Nick Nicolaou .... special makeup effects
Sheldon Wade .... makeup designer
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ian Astridge .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Sam Johnson .... art department assistant
Simon Way .... stand-by props
 
Sound Department
Shanti Burn .... boom operator
David Glasser .... sound recordist
Andrew Neil .... sound designer
Michael Thompson .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael Thompson .... sound supervisor
Mario Vaccaro .... foley artist
 
Special Effects by
Lloyd Finnemore .... special effects consultant
 
Visual Effects by
Dan Ashton .... film recording technician
Nick Booth .... film recording supervisor
Peter Jeffs .... compositor
David Nerlich .... visual effects creator
Stephen Roucher .... film recording technician
Andrew Traucki .... visual effects producer
Pete Williams .... film recording manager
 
Stunts
Harry Dakanalis .... stunt coordinator
Anthony Molinari .... stunt double
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Simeon Bryan .... camera operator
Steven Schofield .... gaffer
 
Editorial Department
Sophie Dick .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
James Edward Barker .... composer: additional music (UK trailer segment)
 
Transportation Department
Virgil Bienemy .... driver
 
Other crew
Mike Cowap .... project manager: Australian Film Commission
Ingrid Kleinig .... assistant safety
 

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Also Known As:
"Predator" - Philippines (English title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for terror/violence and language
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90 min
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One of two Australian crocodile movies made and released in 2007. The other picture was Rogue (2007).See more »
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Crew or equipment visible: Later in the film, when there are two characters sitting in a tree, you can clearly see a crew member's arm in the bottom right of the picture.See more »
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29 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
Keeping your distance., 17 February 2008
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

As a kid I loved the song "Never smile at a crocodile", and if I found myself in this state of affairs, which is actually inspired by true events. Smiling would be the last thing on my mind. From the opening set-up, I've never been so entrenched, caught up and finally exhausted like I was when watching this limited budget Independent Australian horror film, about three people in Northern Territory trapped in a mangrove swamp with a very conniving crocodile waiting in the water below them. What really brought the film alive, was how realistic it managed to be in transporting the fear and uncertainty of the characters' situation to the audience. Semi-documentary camera-work with a disquietingly eerie backdrop and authentic performances effectively take you out of your comfort zone. What we get is a patient survival tale than just a bloody, all-out creature feature onslaught. Think of "Open Water (2003)", where its budget and time restraint made sure it would stay low-key, but this minimal barrier enhanced the experience.

The slow-grinding story might be black and white, but it never seemed to become disposable, or succumb to formulaic patterns. Well not largely, and the connection between the characters were emotionally engaging even with a bare, straight-forward script. Although you can say "less is more", with the actions and expressions illuminating the lingering thoughts plaguing their minds. The ordeal is utterly terrifying, because the threat is very alive and never seems to loosen up. This is what drives the film's chaotic adrenaline, and in which it lasts (even when its kept buried) through to the very end.

Writers / Directors Andrew Traucki and David Nerlich's economical guidance alienates and smartly strings along the viewer with its taut pacing and harrowing psychological traits. In certain patches the notch goes up, with pressure induced suspense and startling images. The way the night sequence is executed is immensely chilling and pulsating. The menacing crocodile manipulative toys with its fresh-meat in a distressingly suspenseful approach. Sure some moments felt unlikely, but never does it get in the way or distract. Sound FX is the key, and at times the lack of any just eats away at you. Rafeal May's musical score is unassuming and doesn't really enter the mixture much, but when it does it builds an organic sounding quality. The cinematography of John Biggins is beautifully devised, and rapidly aggressive when the mood changes. It was always on the move and claustrophobic, but none of this jerky movements. The editing was sharply handled, and the effects were professionally catered by superbly combing live crocodile footage.

Something like this production would also have to rely on its cast to sell to the story in a believable manner and they do it. Diana Glenn, Andy Rodoreda and especially Maeve Dermody are persuasively good. A lot of the responsibility falls on Dermody, and she strongly delivers with an inspired turn. Now this item might cop some comparisons with another killer crocodile film "Rogue (2007)", but the two couldn't be any different in what they want to be and how they end up. If I had to pick though, I'm leaning more towards this outing for its sheer involvement to snap at you.

A remarkable effort on all fronts, with everyone involved showing potential to really look out for.

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