Prey (2009 film)


Official Australian Poster
Directed by George T. Miller
Produced by Robert Lewis Galinsky
Elizabeth Howatt-Jackman
Written by George T. Miller
Andrew Topp
Starring Natalie Bassingthwaighte
Jesse Johnson
Ben Kermode
Natalie Walker
Christian Clark
Kristin Sargent
Nicholas Bell
Stephen Beck
Jacqueline Steward
Zachary Schaefer
Taylor Johnson
Music by Dale Cornelius
Cinematography Andrew Topp
Distributed by Top Cat Films
Release dates
5 May 2009 (2009-05-05)
Country Australia
Language English
Box office A$744 (Australia)[1]

Prey is a 2009 Australian supernatural horror film directed by George T. Miller,[2] written by Miller and starring former Neighbours actress and Rogue Traders lead singer Natalie Bassingthwaighte,[3] and American Jesse Johnson.[4] It grossed $744 at the box office.[1]

Plot summary

In April 1987, two North Americans disappeared in the West Australian desert on a 4WD holiday. They were never seen alive again. Their abandoned vehicles and unused supplies were found in sand dunes near an Aboriginal sacred site less than an hour away from the closest town. Two years later, in May 1989, the two men were both found dead of natural causes, on the same day, 1,000 miles apart back in North America.

Twenty years after the original incident, 3 couples who set out on a surfing trip are lured into the same desert area, by a strange local whose master needs fresh victims to consume. Preconceived assumptions about friendship, undiscovered sexual liaisons, and false leadership come apart as the three couples realize that the vacation is over.



The outback had to be re-created in a Melbourne warehouse to save filming costs.[7] In addition to a perforated eardrum which caused filming dates to be rescheduled, lead star Natalie Bassingthwaighte injured her ankle twice during filming, causing hassles regarding the physicality of her role.[8] There was friction between the producers and director George T. Miller due to last minute script changes by Miller.[9] Also, investor issues plagued the shoot and at one point the line-producers were hinting they were ready to walk. Bassingthwaighte was used in a lesbian shower that raised great controversy, but that will make it to the final release.[4][10][11] However, the media's spin on the scene was very misguided and the actual scene in the movie contains lesbian interaction but no nudity.[12]


The film premiered on 5 May 2009 in Sydney and Melbourne,[13] but he was released in a theatrical release on 9 May 2009 in Australia.[14]

DVD release

The film is scheduled to have a U.S. DVD release on 13 July 2010 from Xenon Pictures under the new title "The Outback."[15]

See also


  1. 1 2 "Australian Films at the Australian Box Office" Film Victoria accessed 15 November 2012
  2., Business Day, 6 February 2008, Profile of George T. Miller. Retrieved 10 December 2008
  3., Secure Sentinel, "Natalie Bassingthwaighte reaches the pinnacle of her art". Retrieved 10 December 2008
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 by Mike Catalano,, 2 October 2008, "Prey for shower". Retrieved 10 December 2008
  5. Prey at
  6., Natalie Bassingthwaighte website. Retrieved 10 December 2008
  7. The Latest Trailer for Prey
  8. Prey That You Make It
  9. "The Outback" at Xenon
  10., Daily Telegraph, 1 October 2008, "Natalie Bassingthwaighte comes clean on lesbian shower scene". Retrieved 10 December 2008
  11. by Mr. Disgusting,, 1 October 2008, "'Prey's' Controversial Lesbian Shower Scene Remains Intact". Retrieved 10 December 2008
  12. New 'Prey' Trailer Adds to the Controversy
  13. Prey at Mediasearch
  14. Official Australian One-Sheet for Prey
  15. Dorian Gray and The Outback Hitting DVD / The Prowler Hitting Blu-ray!
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