October 21, 2013
…which is just one of six projects that Screen Australia has invested in.
Screen Australia today announced a $5.4 million investment in six feature films, triggering over $32 million in production expenditure. The list includes projects from such established and locally loved filmmakers as Gillian Armstrong (Little Women) and Paul Cox (Innocence), as well as rising talents in Mark Grentell and Kim Farrant.
The list is headed by Farrant’s feature film debut (having previously dabbled in shorts, docos and TV), Strangerland, a crime drama boasting three of Australia’s most bankable A-list stars in Nicole Kidman, Guy Pearce and Hugo Weaving. The film will focus on the breakdown of a couple’s relationship after their two teenage children go missing in the Australian desert, forcing them to slowly resign themselves to the inevitable.
Fellow newbie Grentell will direct a tonally polar opposite film in Backyard Ashes, a lighthearted comedy about a soul-deep cricket rivalry that reaches boiling point between Aussie Dougie and Pom Edward. Meanwhile, Paul Cox will helm Force of Destiny, a tear-jerking love story that ensues when artist Robert finds out he has liver cancer and not long to live.
Gillian Armstrong boasts the only documentary of the group in Women He’s Undressed, a celebratory reflection on the colourful life of Orry-Kelly, a costume designer who worked intimately with some of the industry’s most iconic starlets, including Marilyn Monroe and Ava Gardner.
Rounding out the list is Last Cab to Darwin, an epic road movie that follows terminally-ill Rex from Broken Hill to Darwin, determined to die on his own terms, and Maya the Bee Movie, an animated children’s film directed by Alexs Stadermann.