Tomorrow, When the War Began

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German title Tomorrow, When the War Began
Original title Tomorrow, When the War Began
Country of production Australia
original language English
Publishing year 2010
length 100 minutes
Age rating FSK 16
Director Stuart Beattie
script Stuart Beattie
production Andrew Mason ,
Michael Boughen
music Johnny Klimek ,
Reinhold Heil
camera Ben Nott
cut Marcus D'Arcy

Tomorrow, When the War Began is an Australian dystopian drama from the year 2010 by Stuart Beattie . It is based on the novel of the same name by John Marsden , which was published in Germany under the title Morgen war Krieg .


At the beginning of the film, Ellie tells the following story in a video diary: Ellie and her best friend Corrie decide to go camping with some friends over a long weekend at the end of the vacation. Together with Corrie's friend Kevin, Ellie's neighbor Homer, classmate Lee and acquaintances Fi and Robyn, they drive to the Australian outback and set up a camp in a basin surrounded by high rocks called "Hell", in which they set up several Want to stay for days. One night they see larger military aircraft formations overhead, but initially think nothing of it.

When the young people come home at the end of the weekend, they find all the houses abandoned. Little by little, they find out that unspecified foreign invaders have occupied large parts of Australia and rounded up the local residents in an internment camp . The nearby port serves as a bridgehead for the invasion. When the friends are discovered and pursued by foreign soldiers during an exploration, Ellie kills three of them. Back at Corrie's house, the group discovers that Lee and Robyn have not returned and are probably still in town. While the group is discussing how to proceed, they are discovered by an enemy helicopter. Homer shoots the helicopter, whereupon Corrie's home is destroyed by fighter jets. However, the group escapes at the last moment. Ellie and Homer sneak back into town that night to find Lee and Robyn. They find the two, Lee sustained a gunshot wound. The four manage to escape the city, and the reunited group decides to hide in the wilderness. As a hiding place, they choose the location of their camping trip, “Hell”. On the way they take in classmate Chris, who experienced the time of the invasion in a marijuana intoxication.

After some time in the wilderness, the group decides to stay underground and take up the guerrilla war against the invaders by blowing up the town's bridge, which is the only connection between the port and the inland. To this end, they hijack a tanker truck, which after a few skirmishes with soldiers they finally explode under the bridge, whereupon it collapses. Corrie is shot during the action. Kevin takes her to an enemy-occupied hospital while the others continue to fight the invaders underground. The film ends again with Ellie's video diary.


Production was announced in September 2009. Filming began in Hunter Valley on September 28, 2009 and ended on November 6, 2009 in Raymond Terrace, New South Wales . Other locations were Maitland , the Blue Mountains and the Luskintyre Bridge.


The first trailer was released on March 31, 2010. The film opened on September 2, 2010 in Australia and New Zealand . The film was first shown in US cinemas on February 24, 2011. In Germany, the film was released directly on DVD on May 27, 2011.


The German synchronization took place at Film- & Fernseh-Synchron in Berlin. Book : Oliver Schwiegershausen.

role actor German speakers
Ellie Linton Caitlin Stasey Luise Helm
Corrie Mackenzie Rachel Hurd-Wood Anne Helm
Kevin Holmes Lincoln Lewis Leonhard Mahlich
Homer Yannos Deniz Akdeniz Tim Knauer
Fiona Maxwell Phoebe Tonkin Luisa Wietzorek
Lee Takkam Chris Pang Jan Makino
Robyn Mathers Ashleigh Cummings Victoria Frenz
Chris Lang Andy Ryan Tommy Morgenstern
Dr. Clements Colin Friels Erich Rauker
Mr. Linton Don Halbert Bernd Vollbrecht


“Well-dosed action, time for characters and their development. The latter is not entirely without clichés, but the mix should especially please the heroes' peers. The two planned sequels will probably answer open questions. Conclusion: youth-compatible novel adaptation. "

“In contrast to Die Rote Flut , which is not by chance used as a comparison, the creators refrain from defining the invaders in more detail or ascribing them to a specific nation. That may be politically correct, but it hardly promotes the participation of the viewer and gives realistic war scenes a rather abstract touch. "


Prizes and awards

  • 2010: Kodak Inside Film Awards (Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Score, Best Actress)
  • 2010: Australian Screen Sound Guild Sound Awards (Best Soundtrack, Best Sound Recording)
  • 2010: 52nd Australian Film Institute Award (Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Sound Recording)


Originally, the film should be followed by two more parts. In November 2012, according to a trailer, the second part Tomorrow, When The War Began 2 (working title: Tomorrow 2, later in the trailer Tomorrow's Here ) should have come out. The script writing took longer than planned. In the end, the necessary budget was missing. Investors and producers also feared too low audience numbers after the first part had not achieved the desired success. The plans for a further sequel were therefore abandoned. In 2015, a six-part mini-series independent of the film was announced instead, which was produced with a new cast for ABC . The series bears the same title as the film and was broadcast on Australian broadcaster ABC3 from April to May 2016, with viewership falling sharply right up to the last episode.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Certificate of Release to Tomorrow, When the War Began . Voluntary self-regulation of the film industry , April 2011 (PDF; test number: 127 032 V).
  2. bp: Film adaptation of the novel "Tomorrow: When the War Began" . September 21, 2009. Retrieved August 6, 2012.
  3. Julieanne Strachan: Hunter the perfect spot to film John Marsden favorite . The Newcastle Herald .. October 28, 2009. Retrieved August 6, 2012.
  4. Carsten Tudisch: Splendid: Two DVD innovations in May 2011 . February 8, 2011. Retrieved August 6, 2012.
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  9. Michael Bodey: Geoffrey Rush earns nod for British period drama The King's Speech ( en ) The Australian. November 3, 2010. Retrieved August 1, 2012.
  10. 2010 SAMSUNG MOBILE AFI AWARDS CEREMONY ( en ) AFI. 2010. Retrieved August 1, 2012.
  11. ^ Tomorrow, When The War Began 2 (2012): Cities Fight for Production. Retrieved June 4, 2020 .
  12. Mediaweek: Tomorrow, When The War Began movie to be turned into a TV series. Retrieved May 14, 2015, June 4, 2020 (Australian English).
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