May 27, 2013
Crime drama The Mule, starring Hugo Weaving and John Noble, has begun filming.
The film marks the feature debut of music video director Tony Mahony (known for his work with Nick Cave and Paul Kelly) and was written by actor-writers Angus Sampson and Leigh Whannell. Filming will take place in Bangkok and Melbourne.
The Mule follows the exploits of an unlikely drug mule from Sunshine, Victoria, Ray Jenkins, and is said to have a neo-noir tone.
Sampson, who is producing the film alongside Jane Liscombe (Cracker Bag, Beaconsfield) said: “Hugo Weaving is one of the world’s finest actors; every syllable he utters quenches one’s aural thirst and to have the compelling John Noble alongside him is truly humbling. Tony Mahony’s taste and visual design is resonant and remarkable. Leigh and I are thrilled to be collaborating with such esteemed filmmakers both in front of and behind the lens.”
Weaving also recently shot Australian film Healing in Victoria with Don Hany.
Writers: Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell
Director: Tony Mahony
Cast: Hugo Weaving, John Noble
Producers: Angus Sampson, Jane Liscombe
Executive producers: Leigh Whannell, David Griffiths, Michele Bennett
Cinematographer: Stefan Duscio (The Turning, Any Questions for Ben)
Production designer: Paddy Reardon (Chopper, Japanese Story)
Costume designer: Cappi Ireland (Animal Kingdom, The Rover)
Hair and make-up designer: Fiona Rees-Jones (The Rover, 100 Bloody Acres)
Editor: Andy Canny (The Slap, Underground: The Julian Assange Story)
Sound designer: Emma Bortignon (Noise, Balibo)
Distributor (Australia and New Zealand): Hopscotch/eOne Entertainment
Worldwide rights: eOne Entertainment
Finance: Screen Australia, Film Victoria, Hopscotch, Deluxe