Magazine article Screen International

Buyers Drink in Russell Crowe's Water Diviner

Magazine article Screen International

Buyers Drink in Russell Crowe's Water Diviner

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EXCLUSIVE: Universal, eOne secure major territories on Crowe's directorial debut.

"I thought I had the best job in the world, but I think I've found a better one," Russell Crowe recently told the producers of his feature directorial debut The Water Diviner, currently half way through shoot in Australia.

Despite having to contend with searing local temperatures, Crowe has developed the directing bug, according to producer Keith Rodger of Crowe's production outfit Fear of God Films.

Crowe's approach, allied to Andrew Knight and Andrew Anastasios' well-received script, have been paying off in the market as well as on set, with a number of deals locking in recent months.

UPI cut a number of deals with David Garrett's Mister Smith, including for France, Germany, Scandinavia, Switzerland, Austria and Benelux, as well as securing a joint deal for Universal with eOne for Australian and New Zealand rights.

eOne themselves have secured UK, Spain and Canada while Mars Entertainment has snapped up Turkish rights.

In The Water Diviner, Crowe plays an Australian farmer who travels to Istanbul four years after the first world war to discover the fate of his sons, reported missing in the battle of Gallipoli. …

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