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Screen Australia to Back the Rover Starring Robert Pattinson

Magazine article Screen International

Screen Australia to Back the Rover Starring Robert Pattinson

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Screen Australia has agreed to invest in four features including The Rover, which will star Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce and be directed by David Michôd who made the much admired Animal Kingdom.

The other films are Felony, the long-awaited follow-up to Noise by Matthew Saville, who has directed some of Australia's best television drama in the five years since his debut; Craig Monahan's Healing and a documentary drama that examines the relationship between the late North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il and film.

Michôd will get a producing credit alongside US-based David Linde of Lava Bear Films and the prolific Sydney-based producer Liz Watts of Porchlight Films. FilmNation has international rights.

The lead character is a man in pursuit of the dangerous criminals who stole his car. Watts has described the film as "a dirty and dangerous near-future western set in the Australian desert".

As with Animal Kingdom, Michôd has written the script, which is based on an idea by he and Joel Edgerton.

Edgerton plays an even bigger role in Felony: he wrote the film; is producing alongside Rosemary Bligh (The Sapphires) of Goalpost Pictures Australia; and will be in the cast.

The thriller is about three male detectives in the aftermath of an accident that leaves a small child in a coma. The Solution is handing sales.

Roadshow is handling local distribution on both these films whereas Pinnacle has the third drama, Healing, a film about an encounter between two men and a wedge tail eagle in a low security prison in the country. One of the locations will be the Healsville Wildlife Sanctuary in Victoria.

Healing will star Hugo Weaving and Don Hany and will be the second producer credit for former distributor and Screen Australia executive Tait Brady after the sci-fi comedy The 25th Reich, which this month scored a spot in the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival.

"After all those years of doing everything but production, it finally got me in the end," he told Screendaily. "I'm enjoying it and am involved in a lot of projects in development".

Screen Australia's latest round of investments will trigger $100m worth of production activity although this encompasses 12 projects in all, including adult and children's television series.

More details of the features are as follows:

AIM HIGH IN CREATION

Unicorn Films Producer Lizzette Atkins

Writer/Director Anna Broinowski

International Sales High Point Media Group

Australian Distributor Antidote Films

Synopsis A revolutionary film about the cinematic genius of Kim Jong-il with a groundbreaking experiment at its heart: the making of a film-within-a-film, based on the rules of his manifesto The Cinema and Directing. …

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