Arctic Blast

Arctic Blast is a 2010 Australian-Canadian disaster film directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith and starring Michael Shanks, Alan Andrews, Alexandra Davies, and Saskia Hampele. Its world premiere took place at the 2010 Canadian Film Festival in Sydney, at the Dendy Opera Quays cinema, on 4 August.

Arctic Blast
Theatrical release poster
Directed byBrian Trenchard-Smith
Produced by
  • Gina Black
  • Stefan Wodoslawsky
Written byJason Bourque
Music byMario Sévigny
CinematographyMarc Windon
Edited byRobert E. Newton
Screen Tasmania
Distributed byIFM/Filmways
Release date
  • 4 August 2010 (2010-08-04)
Running time
92 minutes
  • Australia
  • Canada


The plot is centered on a colossal blast of heavily chilled mesosphere air spreading over the Earth after a solar eclipse, which (combined with the effects of environmental pollution), causes a hole to open in the ozone layer. The catastrophic event threatens to engulf the entire world in ice. As Hobart, Tasmania, is hit by the cold front with temperatures of below −70 °C, causing people to die almost instantaneously, physicist Jack Tate (Michael Shanks) tries to find a solution while protecting his family.



The film was shot in Tasmania and Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The executive producer is Antony I. Ginnane, whose venture IFM/Filmways was responsible for the film release in Australia, New Zealand and Atlanta, Georgia.[1] The other executive producers are Tom Berry and Pierre David.


  1. "Arctic Blast to premiere at Canadian fest". Encore. Archived from the original on 5 March 2011. Retrieved 24 December 2010.
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