The film is set in a hospital and was actually filmed at La Trobe University medical lab in Sydney, Australia for authenticity. In Fractured, Alice (played by Rachel Hicks) is injured in a cruel hit-and-run and seeks help in a hospital. This eerie medical center is frightening and familiar; incorporating dialogue from Alfred Hitchcock’s famous thriller Psycho. Simon is one of the hospital caretakers who attends to Alice. She soon discovers that Simon is not as nice as he first seemed. When Alice attempts to make a phone call, he draws her attention elsewhere an insists that she take necessary medication. Although the medication alleviates her pain, it also leads to Alice’s inability to escape Simon, resulting in her demise as Simon chops her up and disposes of the body in trash bags.
Chernysh is a fan of thrillers which made Fractured and his role as Simon a good excuse to revisit some of his favorite films in the genre. Caleb states, “There are so many great films of this type, both past and present. I watched the ones I consider to be great in order to put myself in the mood and mindset of these types of characters. Inception, se7en, the Others, Mulholland Drive, amongst many others. I love to piece bits of information together and become my own detective and see if I’m right. Simon was based on Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, which is also one of my favorites. Simon had dual personalities, just like Norman Bates.”
Jayne-Louise O’Connell (Director/Producer of Fractured) feels validated that Caleb was chosen to play Simon from amongst the many actors vying for the part stating, “I had a vision for the character of Simon and when Caleb auditioned he embodied the part so well. We had table reads where Caleb was not only well liked by his co-stars, but they were astounded by his creative output. I ended up writing more lines for him. During the shoot Caleb was the consummate professional. He hit his marks, knew his angles, and delivered the character with nuances. He kept the energy up even after the shoot went well overtime.” Recalling the experience, Caleb states, “I got to do table reads with Rhianne Evelyn-Ross (Sally) and Rachel Hicks (Alice), but my only on -screen interaction was with Rachel. It was mainly a dialogue driven piece between our characters. It was fantastic working with Rachel. It was a great learning curve for both of us and we helped each other with character understanding.”