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Sanctum -- An underwater cave diving team experiences a life-threatening crisis during an expedition to the unexplored and least accessible cave system in the world.
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Sanctum -- Interview: "James Cameron On The 3D Being Less Difficult Than Other Elements Of Production"
Sanctum -- Clip: The Group Plans Their Escape As The Water In The Cave Rises
Sanctum -- Clip: Victoria Tries To Climb Up Through A Waterfall


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  (in credits order)

Richard Roxburgh ... Frank McGuire

Ioan Gruffudd ... Carl Hurley

Rhys Wakefield ... Josh McGuire

Alice Parkinson ... Victoria Elaine

Dan Wyllie ... Crazy George

Christopher Baker ... J.D.
Nicole Downs ... Liz

Allison Cratchley ... Judes
Cramer Cain ... Luko
Andrew Hansen ... Dex

John Garvin ... Jim Sergeant
Sean Dennehy ... Chopper Pilot
Nea Diap ... Kastom Shaman
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Directed by
Alister Grierson 
Writing credits
John Garvin (written by) and
Andrew Wight (written by)

Andrew Wight  story

Produced by
Ben Browning .... executive producer
James Cameron .... executive producer
Leesa Kahn .... associate producer
Ryan Kavanaugh .... executive producer
Michael Maher .... executive producer
Brett Popplewell .... line producer
Peter Rawlinson .... executive producer
Aaron Ryder .... co-producer
Andrew Wight .... producer
Original Music by
David Hirschfelder 
Cinematography by
Jules O'Loughlin (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Mark Warner 
Casting by
Gregory Apps 
Production Design by
Nicholas McCallum 
Art Direction by
Jenny O'Connell 
Makeup Department
Katherine Brown .... special makeup effects artist
Gail Kane .... makeup & hair artist
Wizzy Molineaux .... makeup artist
Production Management
Troy Clarke .... unit manager
Marc van Buuren .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wade Savage .... first assistant director
Jo Suna .... third assistant director
Ian 'Thistle' Thorburn .... second unit director
Joe Popplewell .... trainee assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Dominic Ackland-Snow .... construction manager
Joshua Black .... set finisher
Julian Borbidge .... steelworker
Graeme Callander .... storyboard artist
Gary Cameron .... set designer
Steven Carroll .... set sculptor: Melbourne
Jeremy Ford .... carpenter
Jonathon Hannon .... set dresser
Matthew Hood .... art department accountant
George Kabot .... graphic designer
Sam Lukins .... props
Sam Lukins .... set dresser
Ross Murdoch .... locations foreman
Melinda Neoh .... construction coordinator
David Russell .... storyboard artist
Steven Sallybanks .... head scenic artist
Darrin Smith .... construction leading hand
Steve Taylor .... action props
Dillon Yeats .... key stand-by props
Sound Department
Kami Asgar .... adr supervisor
Steve Burgess .... sound effects editor
Damian Candusso .... sound effects editor
Paul Clark .... production sound recordist
Adam Connelly .... foley assistant
Fabrice Galli .... assistant sound editor
Brendan Geaney .... sound effects editor
Chris Goodes .... adr mixer
James Harvey .... supervising dialogue editor
Dan Johnston .... foley artist
Robert Mackenzie .... sound re-recording mixer
Peter Mills .... sound effects editor
Chris Navarro .... adr mixer
Glenn Newnham .... sound effects editor
Liesl Pieterse .... adr mixer
Paul Pirola .... sound designer
Paul Pirola .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Pirola .... supervising sound editor
John Simpson .... additional foley artist
Mario Vaccaro .... foley artist
Andy Wright .... sound re-recording assistant
Special Effects by
Rob Heggie .... on set supervisor
Alar Hordern .... special effects technician
Jake Ingram .... special effects technician
Ceri Nicholls .... special effects technician
Ali Pearce .... special effects technician
Brian Pearce .... special effects supervisor
Cassie Pearce .... special effects technician
Julian Summers .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Aaron Auty .... lighting technical director: Iloura
David Booth .... visual effects supervisor
Paul Buckley .... lead 3D matte artist: Iloura
Genevieve Camilleri .... digital artist: Iloura
Eoin Cannon .... digital artist: Iloura
Laura Dubsky .... digital compositor: Iloura
Chris Dwyer .... data manager: Iloura
Alan Fairlie .... lead compositor: Iloura
Jonathan Freisler .... effects artist: Iloura
Jason Gilholme .... lead matchmover: Iloura
Avi Goodman .... 3D matte artist: Iloura
Shane Hall .... animator: Iloura
Mark Hawthorne .... visual effects editor
Dominic Hellier .... compositor: Iloura
Samuel Jensen .... lead 3D matte artist: Iloura
Tom Kenneally .... match mover: Iloura
Alan S.L. Lam .... visual effects artist: Iloura
Ineke Majoor .... visual effects producer: Iloura
Glenn Melenhorst .... digital environment supervisor: Iloura
Keith Meure .... digital artist
Jay C. Miller .... visual effects artist: Iloura
Matt Omond .... digital compositor: Iloura
Matthew Pascuzzi .... digital compositor: Iloura
Jason Pomerantz .... production supervisor (IMAX Version)
Paul Pytlik .... digital artist: IMAX version
James Robison .... technical director: Iloura
Simon Rosenthal .... visual effects executive producer: Iloura
Simon Ross .... effects animator: Iloura
Josh Simmonds .... lighting technical director: Iloura
Georgia Smith .... visual effects coordinator: Iloura
Evann Tjokrosetio .... digital artist
Nicholas Tripodi .... lead animator: Iloura (as Nick Tripodi)
Jordan Walsh .... lighting technical director: Iloura
Peter Webb .... visual effects supervisor (Iloura)
Tom Wild .... visual effects production manager: Iloura
Drew Wood-Davies .... lighting technical director: Iloura
Andrew Allen .... dive supervisor
Chris Anderson .... stunt coordinator
Dave Apperley .... dive double: Frank (as David Apperly)
Dave Apperley .... safety diver (as David Apperly)
Jimmy Baines .... stunt assistant
Dave Brownrigg .... safety diver: Dunk Island Additional Crew
Rhye Copeman .... stunt double: Frank
Stephen Daddow .... stunt double: Local Trader 1
Stephen Daddow .... stunt double: Motorbike Rider 1
Steve Daddow .... stunt double: Luko
Josh Elkington .... stunt double: Local Trader 2 (as Josh Elkinton)
Jared Faulkner .... safety diver
Kyle Gardiner .... stunt double: Josh
Jacqueline Geelan .... stunt double: Victoria
Ken Greenbury .... dive double: Carl
Ken Greenbury .... safety diver
Barry Holland .... dive double: Josh
Barry Holland .... safety diver
Troy Hunter .... stunt double: Truck Driver 2
Brendan Jakins .... head stunt rigger
Nathan Lawson .... stunt double: Carl
Bernard Ledger .... rigger: 3rd Unit Additional Crew (as Bernie Ledger)
Che McGuinness .... dive double: Crazy George
Che McGuinness .... safety diver
Agnes Milowka .... dive double: Judes
Agnes Milowka .... dive double: Victoria
Tomoki Miyamoto .... fire stunt assistant
Mark Nissan .... safety diver: Dunk Island Additional Crew
Andy Owen .... safety diver
Gulliver Page .... stunt double: Crazy George
Mick Rowen .... stunt assistant
Philip Shirley .... safety diver
Marco Sinigaglia .... stunt department assistant
Yasca Sinigaglia .... assistant stunt coordinator
Carla Thexton .... safety diver
John Walton .... stunt assistant
Malachi Waters .... stunt double: Truck Driver 1
Wilfred Woodrow .... stunt double: Seaplane Deckhand
Lee Adamson .... stunt rigger (uncredited)
Joel Amos Byrnes .... stunt double: Christopher Baker (uncredited)
Tomoki Miyamoto .... stunt rigging assistant (uncredited)
Craig Morgan .... stunt rigging assistant (uncredited)
Andy Owen .... stunts (uncredited)
Neil Stoddart .... stunt assistant/climbing instructor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jasin Boland .... still photographer
Peter Bushby .... gaffer
Simon Christidis .... cinematographer: underwater
Chuck Comisky .... 3D supervisor
Tim Cousins .... libra aerials
Rebecca Crowe .... second assistant camera
Sam Davies .... electrician
Tristan Davies .... assistant camera
Scott Dolan .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Greg Gilbert .... camera operator
Greg Gilbert .... steadicam operator
Billy Harmer .... electrician
Richard Harris .... underwater camera operator: second unit
Dale Hunter .... digital imaging engineer
Luke Jeffery .... convergence puller: underwater scenes
Luke Jeffery .... second assistant camera
Adam Kuiper .... key grip
James Lander .... generator operator
Steven Magrath .... second assistant camera
Jack Moffatt .... electrician
Ricky Schamburg .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Philip A.T. Smith .... convergence puller: "a" camera
Justin Sykes .... best boy grip
David Thomson .... key rigging grip
Ian 'Thistle' Thorburn .... additional cinematographer
Ian 'Thistle' Thorburn .... b camera operator
John Turner .... hd engineer
David Allen West .... 3d system technician
Fiona Wight .... stereographer
Casting Department
Bud Hopes .... extras casting
Jade Tam .... extras casting
Lauren Bass .... casting associate (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael Davies .... costume supervisor
Amy Mitchell .... costume standby
Kate Smiley .... costume buyer
Joanne Thompson .... set costumer
Editorial Department
George Awburn .... on-line editor
Anthea Charalambous .... post-production coordinator
Ben Joss .... first assistant editor
Brett Manson .... digital colorist
Brett Manson .... digital intermediate colorist
Rachel McKellar-Harding .... digital intermediate producer
Laurie Meade .... digital intermediate on-line editor
Laurie Meade .... on-line editor
Nic Smith .... digital intermediate technical director
Music Department
Craig Beckett .... music editor
Ricky Edwards .... orchestrator
Jason Fernandez .... music editor
Robin Gray .... score mixer
James K. Lee .... orchestrator
Emily Rogers Swanson .... music editor
Other crew
Hillary Bibicoff .... production counsel
Jason Blackwell .... dive instructor: water unit
Ted Cahn .... assistant to: James Cameron
James Cameron .... presenter
Anthea Charalambous .... assistant to producer
Genevieve Clay-Smith .... director's attachment (as Genevieve Clay)
Danny Dade .... boat skipper: Dunk Island Additional Crew
John Dalla-Zaunna .... dive advisor: Mount Gambier/Naracoorte Additional Crew
Kaleb Day .... on-set nurse/medic
Jessica Drake .... dialect coach
Vanessa Edwards .... payroll accountant
John Garvin .... dive coordinator
Jaspar Goodman .... production runner
Rick Grundy .... diver: Mount Gambier/Naracoorte Additional Crew
Judy Hallin .... production coordinator
Richard Harris .... dive doctor
Lou Henry .... first assistant accountant (as Louise Henry)
Daniel Herther .... executive assistant: mr. kavanaugh
Peter Horne .... cave coordinator: Mount Gambier/Naracoorte Additional Crew (as Peter 'Puddles' Horne)
Peter Horne .... diver: Mount Gambier/Naracoorte Additional Crew (as Peter 'Puddles' Horne)
Rachel Knowles .... head of post production
Thomas Loftus .... senior vice president of business and legal affairs
Andrew Macdonald .... epk: director
Troy MacKinder .... dialect coach
Ryan Makepeace .... production runner
Anthony Marriott .... second assistant accountant
Scott Menzies .... helicopter pilot
Antoinette O'Neill .... script supervisor
Rick Pagotto .... unit assistant
Mikki Pallas .... assistant to ioan gruffudd
Grant Pearce .... dive advisor: Mount Gambier/Naracoorte Additional Crew
Eva Quiroz .... vice president of operations
Nathalia Rayfield .... production secretary
Marlaine Reiner .... assistant: mr. kavanaugh
Sean Rigby .... safety supervisor
Liz Rogers .... diver: Mount Gambier/Naracoorte Additional Crew
David Rudduck .... it technical support
Stephen Rutter .... travel manager
Jason Shearer .... boat skipper: Dunk Island Additional Crew
Amit Shekhar .... digital media: India
Steve Spinaze .... helicopter pilot: Dunk Island Additional Crew
Micha Temple .... diver
Andrew Wight .... diver: Mount Gambier/Naracoorte Additional Crew
Andrew Wight .... helicopter pilot
Matthew Wollaston .... armorer
Ross Ambrose .... special thanks
Chris Lacey .... special thanks
Wes Skiles .... dedicated to the memory of (as Wesley C. Skiles)
Philip Toomer .... special thanks

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Also Known As:
"James Cameron's Sanctum" - USA (complete title)
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Rated R for language, some violence and disturbing images
108 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Germany:16 | Ireland:15A | Japan:G | Malaysia:18 | Netherlands:16 | Philippines:PG-13 (MTRCB) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 (edited version) | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #46519)

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Richard Roxburgh said that despite the on-set security, he feared for his life several times during the shoot.See more »
Continuity: While Josh is hanging on the rock and trying to cross over to the other side he's got a watch on his left arm. However while his stunt-man is jumping to the other side, he's not.See more »
[first lines]
Dex:Josh? Wow, your old man let you come up for air?
Josh:Oh you're kidding, Dex.
Dex:Oh you're gonna be in the shit.
[big hug]
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70 out of 116 people found the following review useful.
Definitely Better than I was Expecting, 4 February 2011
Author: Jason King from Australia

I was expecting this film to be a lot worse but it was supported by my JC - James Cameron as executive producer and it does have some of the best 3D visuals out there. I praise Alister Grierson for using proper 3D cameras and not only that, the ones JC prefers and created. It was a joy to actually watch a proper 3D film and not the hideous post production 3D I have bitched about on numerous occasions. I think the utilizing of JC written everywhere will definitely help this film immensely and to some extent it truly deserves it.

Some of the scenes in this film are poetic artwork and sheer beauty and provide some mouth agape splendor. And the 3D really does immerse you in the environment, there were moments of vertigo and a constant claustrophobia suffered by myself. The only thing I have struggled to do that I have tried is scuba diving - I chewed through the mouthpiece and kept wanting to rip my mask off - not a cool way to dive . If you can see this one in IMAX 3D then do it - would be totally worth it.

The film also has a really worked out plot, the story is great, although it has been done to death before in different settings, it's an escape film like Towering Inferno. In fact think of The Poseidon Adventure minus the boat . If you don't work out who will survive in the first ten minutes then good for you . It is extremely clichéd with some obvious flaws - for example, the one lady who doesn't wear a wetsuit but wears this huge red outdoor storm gear thing nearly dies of hypothermia and shivers the whole time and yet all the guys are wearing wetsuits, although all sleeveless so we can see some flesh and they are always nice and cosily warm. What this film really lacked though was a decent script - some of the lines in this film had me laughing and cringing in equal parts. It really needed someone like Roberto Orci and/or Alex Kurtzman from Star Trek fame to flesh it out and make it justifiably awesome. But the script brings a lot of the film to B grade level.

Then the other thing that let this film down was one actor, Ioan Gruffudd - I could not believe how bad he was in this film. This guys is a lead in Fantastic 4, was in Titanic, King Arthur and numerous other films but in this he plays this over the top, heavily and badly accented American and it was so badly played he brought the film down a few notches - there were scenes I was hoping he would die so he would be gone from the film. It was shocking.

I will say thank god for the two main leads, Richard Roxburgh and Rhys Wakefield, playing his son. When I first saw the trailer I wasn't too impressed with Roxburgh - he always puts on a silly accent in films and in things like MIssion Impossible 2 he was this hideous bleach headed idiot. But in this film he really pulls it off and I preferred him as a leading man than as a supporting cast member. I found his role very believable and a strength in the film.

Then there was Rhys Wakefield, I found him great in the film and see a strong future for him following that Australian to US market. He is incredibly attractive and has smoother skin that Just Bieber after a buffing. Josh (Wakefield) has a superb relationship with his father in the film, Frank (Roxburgh). It is a love hate, make them tough relationship and it developed nicely and made Josh a man by the end of the film. His good looks were quite distractive in some scenes - as Josh is holding someone dying both Paul, my viewing partner, and myself were going oooh - nice arms. LOL. I am sure this is not what they were after in this scene . He holds the camera well and I look forward to his next role - those Hemsworth boys need to watch out - this guy is coming for all your parts.

I think this film will do OK. It is a guilty pleasure action film that requires limited thinking. It will be a teenager's dream film . I think with the combo of JC, some great direction in a difficult environment by Alister Grierson and the acting of Roxburgh and Wakefield really made this film a pleasure for me. If Gruffudd was never in this film and the script got a work over this could have been a much much better film. It is out this Thursday Feb 3rd in Australia and I recommend a big screen in 3D. Worth 6/10. Suss all my reviews at :)

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