Located in one of Australia’s harshest environments the Breakaways Reserve in South Australia is the perfect backdrop for alien and post-apocalyptic landscapes popular with Hollywood movie makers. It is the stark otherworldly beauty of this desolate landscape that landed it the role of the empty desert ‘Planet number two of the M-344/G system’ in Vin Diesel’s ‘Pitch Black’ – first film in the Chronicles of Riddick series. While devoid of predatory monsters that decimated the characters of Pitch Black, the area has its fare share of challenging conditions, such as ground temperatures of up to 65 degrees Celsius in summer.
It is thought that the landscape of the Breakaways formed through the evaporation of an ancient inland sea, triggered by continental shift that warmed the climate. The formations of the Plateau would have been a chain of islands rising out of the ancient sea.
The space ship itself – “Hunter-Gratzner” that brought the Pitch Black characters to the evil planet now unassumingly sits in front of one of the opal stores in the nearby town of Coober Pedy.