October 31, 2012
It would seem that Australia seems to be really into the idea of bringing talented filmmakers together to make omnibuses. Earlier this year producer John Polson brought together directors Toni Collette, Russell Crowe, Anthony LaPaglia, Alex Proyas, Liev Schreiber and more to helm Sydney Unplugged, a love letter to the country’s capital city, and now a new one in the works with a whopping 17 directors involved. And it’s just found two brand new stars as well.
Hugo Weaving, who just recently graced screens in the Wachowski Starship/Tom Tykwer movie Cloud Atlas, and Rose Byne – both Australian born – have both signed on for parts in The Turning, according to THR. The film will tell an incredible 17 short stories, all of which were written by Aussie writer Tim Winton. Actors including Cate Blanchett, Mia Wasikowska and David Wenham will be making their directorial debuts with the project, and they will be joined by filmmakers such as Benedict Andrews, Jonathan auf der Heide, Tony Ayres, Claire McCarthy and Stephen Page.
In addition to Byrne and Weaving the cast includes Callan Mulvey, Susie Porter and Harrison Gilbertson. The trade doesn’t mention any of the characters that the actors will be playing, but all of the shorts will be set in the Australian coastal town of Angelus and will be about a person experiencing a turning point in their life.
Bryrne has two comedies in the mix next year, including Dan Mazer’s I Give It A Year and Shawn Levy’s The Internship, and Weaving will next be seen in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.