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Sanctum Details


An intrepid team of explorers gets trapped in a complex underground cave system when a tropical storm makes it impossible to escape the same way they entered in this claustrophobic adventure drama from director Alister Grierson and executive producer James Cameron. Inspired by actual events, Sanctum tells the tale of Frank McGuire (Richard Roxburgh), a master diver intent on being the first to explore the Esa-ala cave system in the South Pacific. Shortly after Frank descends into the caves with a team that includes his teenage son, Josh (Rhys Wakefield), and expedition bankroller Carl Hurley (Ioan Gruffudd), a massive storm collapses the entrance to the system, forcing the adventurers to plunge deeper into the darkness in search of an alternate exit. With supplies quickly dwindling and water levels rapidly rising, Frank and his team surmise that their best hope for survival is to follow an underground river thought to empty into the ocean. But given that few explorers have ever even dared set foot in the Esa-ala system, no one quite knows for sure whether they're racing toward freedom, or another dead end. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:February 4, 2011


Alister Grierson
Andrew Wight
Andrew Wight
Jules O'Loughlin
David Hirschfelder
Composer (Music Score)
Mark Warner
Nicholas McCallum
Production Designer
Aaron Ryder
Leesa Kahn
Associate Producer
Ryan Kavanaugh
Executive Producer
James Cameron
Executive Producer
Paul Pirola
Sound/Sound Designer
Wade Savage
First Assistant Director
Greg Apps
Mark Hawthorne
Visual Effects Editor
Gail Kane
Hair Styles
Gail Kane
Adam Kuiper
Key Grip
Simon Christidis
Underwater Photography
Paul Pirola
Re-Recording Mixer
Judy Hallin
Production Coordinator
Angella McPherson
Second Assistant Director
Marc Van Buuren
Post Production Supervisor
Ineke Majoor
Visual Effects Producer
Brett Popplewell
Line Producer
Damian Candusso
Sound Effects Editor
Glenn Newnham
Sound Effects Editor
Antoinette O'Neill
Script Supervisor
Brian Pearce
Special Effects Supervisor