AUSTRALIA - October 20


(Wildheart Zizani)Budget: n/a. Backers: Film Finance Corporation Australia, New South Wales Filmand Television Office, Film Victoria, ContentFilm. Int'l sales: ContentInternational. Distrib: Palace Films (Aust/NZ). Drama. A dancer disappearswithout a trace for 12 days, then returns just as mysteriously. Prod: Al Clark.Dir: Ana Kokkinos. Scr: Andrew Bovell, Kokkinos, from the novel by RupertThomson. Main cast: tba. Shooting in Melbourne from Jan 24 to March 18, 2005.
Contact: Al Clark, 61 2 9368 7233

(Candy Productions)Budget: n/a. Backers: Film Finance Corporation Australia, New South Wales Filmand Television Office. Int'l sales: Renaissance Films. Distrib: Dendy Films(Aust/NZ). Drama. Two lovers go on a journey of lust, addiction and selfdestruction. Exec prods: Andrew Mackie, Richard Payten, Angus Finney. Prods:Margaret Fink, Emile Sherman. Dir: Neil Armfield. Script: Luke Davies,Armfield. Line prod: Libby Sharpe. Editor: Dany Cooper. Production design:Robert Cousins. Main cast: Heath Ledger, Geoffrey Rush, Abbie Cornish. Shootingin Sydney from January 24 to March 11. 2005
Contact: Mechele Axford, Sherman Pictures, 61 2 9357 0700.

(Becker Films) Backers:Film Finance Corporation Australia, South Australian Film Corporation. Int'lsales: MBM (German-speaking territories), Aura Entertainment (rest of world).Distrib: Becker (Aust/NZ). Drama. Four orphans go for a holiday by the sea.Friendships are tested and new alliances made when rumours emerge that twoseaside families are looking to adopt. Prod: Richard Becker. Line prod: RockyBester. Dir: Rod Hardy. Scr: Marc Rosenberg from the book by Michael Noonan.Main cast: tba. Shooting in South Australia from late 2004.
Contact: Steve Bickel, Aura Entertainment, 310 278 9991

(Columbia PicturesEntertainment) Budget: n/a. Marvel comics classic. Famous stunt motorcyclistJohnny Blaze seeks justice against villains for the safety of his true love.Prod: Gary Foster. Dir/scr: Mark Steven Johnson. Main cast: tba. Shooting atCentral City Studios in Melbourne from January for five months.
Contact: Fiona Searson, publicist, DDA, 61 2 9907 6950

(April Films) Budget:n/a. Backers: private via the April Babcock & Brown Movie Venture, FilmFinance Corporation Australia. Int'l sales/distrib: April Films. Ghoststory/psychological mystery. A portrait of the frailty of marriage and humanrelationships. Exec prods: Philippa Bateman, Garry Charny. Prod: CatherineJarman. Dir: Ray Lawrence. Scr: Beatrix Christian. DoP: David Williamson. Ed:Karl Sodersten. Production/costume design: Margot Wilson. Main cast: tba.Shooting in Jindabyne, Australia, in the second half of 2005.
Contact: Philippa Bateman, 61 2 9360 5811


(Kennedy Miller)Budget: n/a. Backers: Warner Bros Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures. Animatedmusical. The adventures of a young penguin in Antarctica. Exec prod: BruceBerman. Prods: Doug Mitchell, Bill Miller, George Miller. Dir: George Miller.Scr: George Miller, John Collee, Warren Coleman, Judy Morris. CGI/animation:Animal Logic. Main cast: Robin Williams, Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, ElijahWood, Brittany Murphy, Leslie Neilsen, Anthony La Paglia, Steve Irwin, Savion Glover.In production at Animal Logic at Fox Studios Australia, Sydney, in 2004/2005.
Contact: Erin Jamieson, Roadshow, 61 3 9829 0666

Porchlight Films.Budget: n/a. Backers: Mullis Capital, Film Finance Corporation Australia, NewSouth Wales Film and TV Office. Int'l sales: Myriad Pictures. Distrib: IconFilm (Aust/NZ). Drama. Tracy clings to the hope of a new life but her brotherand ex-boyfriend threaten to destroy her chance of happiness as they embark onone last criminal venture. Exec prods: Kirk D'Amico, Marion Pilowsky, DeveshChetty, Barrie M Osborne, Robert Mullis. Prods: Vincent Sheehan, Liz Watts,Richard Keddie. Dir: Rowan Woods. Scr: Jacquelin Perske. DoP: Danny Ruhlmann.Ed: John Scott. Production design: Luigi Pittorino. Costume design: MelindaDoring. Main cast: Cate Blanchett, Sam Neill, Hugo Weaving, Martin Henderson,Noni Hazlehurst, Dustin Nguyen. Shooting in Sydney from October 25.
Contact: Maxine Leonard, Myriad Pictures, 310 279 4000

POBBY AND DINGAN [Australian/UK co-production]
(Academy Productions [UK],Sherman Pictures [Australia]) Budget: n/a. Backers: BBC Films, UK FilmCouncil's Premier Fund, South Australian Film Corporation. Int'l sales:Renaissance Films. Distrib: Icon (Aust/NZ), Gaga (Japan), A-Film (Benelux),Cinelibre (Indonesia), Drama. Pobby and Dingan are invisible, live in anAustralian opal town, and are friends with nine-year-old Kellyanne. Theirinexplicable disappearance has a big impact not just on the family but on thewhole town. Exec prods: Angus Finney, Robert Jones, David Thompson, Ben Rice,Finola Dwyer. Prods: Lizie Gower, Nick Morris, Emile Sherman. Assoc prod: KateMyers. Dir: Peter Cattaneo. Scr: Cattaneo, Ben Rice, Phil Trail, based on anovella by Rice. Line prod: Elisa Argenzio. 1st asst dir: Brendan Campbell.DoP: Robert Humphreys. Ed: Jim Clark. Production design: Elizabeth Mary Moore.Costume design: Ruth De La Lande. Casting dir: Nikki Barratt. Main cast: VinceColosimo, Jacqueline McKenzie. Shooting in South Australia from August 19 untilOctober 21, 2004.
Contact: Fiona Searson, DDA, 61 2 9907 6950

THE PROPOSITION [Australian/UK co-production]
Autonomous [UK]/Jackie OProductions in association with Pictures In Paradise for Surefire Films.Budget: n/a. Backers: UK Film Council's Premiere Fund, Film Consortium, PacificFilm and Television Commission, TV1 General Entertainment Partnership. Int'lsales: The Works. Distrib: Columbia TriStar (Aust/NZ), Tartan Films (UK),Lusomundo (Portugal), A Film (Benelux). Period drama. A local law enforcer pitsthree notorious outlaw brothers against each other. Prods: Cat Villiers, ChiaraMenage, Chris Brown, Jackie O'Sullivan. Dir: John Hillcoat. Scr: Nick Cave.Main cast: Guy Pearce, Ray Winstone, John Hurt, David Wenham, Emily Watson.Shooting in Winton, Queensland, from Oct 11.
Contact: Fiona Searson, DDA, 61 2 9907 6950

(Centaur Enterprises).Budget: low. Backers: private. Int'l sales/distrib: tba. Drama. Grittymiddle-aged widower trains a young female boxer for a title fight. They becomelovers just prior to him being incarcerated for a crime he didn't commit. Hisson takes over the boxing training and, just before his father is acquitted andreturns home, the sex. Prods: John Meagher, Margie Wentworth. Dir/scr: JohnMeagher. DoP: John Biggins. Wardrobe: Lynette Matheson. Make-up: Sarah Toner.Main cast: Steve Leeder, Vincent Stone, Brendan Rock, Wilma Kaddissi, SuzieSteen. Shooting in Sydney from September 27.
Contact: John Meagher, 61 2 9999 0656

(Safety Movie ProjectPty Ltd) Budget: n/a. Backers: UK and Australian investors. Int'lsales/distrib: tba. Psychological thriller. Several contestants in aSurvival-style reality show return to the island for a weekend reuniontelevision show and get more than they bargained for when they start todisappear one by one. Exec prods: Don Spencer, Bruce Morrison. Prod: DavidDouglas. Co-prod: Kelvin Crumplin. Line prod: Harry Yates. Dir: Douglas,Crumplin. Scr: Douglas. Script ed: Jill James. DoP: Mark Bliss. Ed: DavidStiven. Production design: Ian Allan. Costume design: Robyn Smith.Hair/make-up: Sue Kelly-Tait. Main cast: Jessica Napier, Karen Pang, TasmaWalton, Teo Gebert, Henry Nixon, Peter Rasmussen, Ben Tari. Shooting in Sydneyand environs from September 20 until October 29.
Contact: Harry Yates, 61 416 144 699


(Baby BanksiaProductions) Budget: low. Backers: private. Int'l sales/distrib: tba. Drama.Five separate but intertwined stories examine infidelity and secrecy. Thecharacters of different ages, social groups and gender preferences go abouthaving affairs in different ways and judge infidelity with different rules.Prod: Don Linke. Dir/scr: Kate Gorman. DoP: Greg Parish. Ed: Sarah Low.Production design: Rolland Pike. Costume design: Vicki Car, Charmaine Gorman.Hair/make-up: Peta Hastings. Production manager: Malakai Milner. Main cast:Amanda Douge, Alex Papps, Annie Jones, Brett Swain, Sally Mcdonald. Shooting inMelbourne from August 5 to 27.
Contact: Don Linke, 61 3 8379 2018.

(Extra Extra FilmProductions) Budget: n/a. Backers: Macquarie Nine Film and Television Fund,Film Victoria. Int'l sales: Nine Films and Television. Distrib: Hoyts(Aust/NZ). Romantic comedy. A normal Joe Bloggs sees movie stars living thehigh life and says 'why not me''. Exec prods: Jennie Hughes, PosieGraeme-Evans. Prods: Bruno Charlesworth, Steve Luby, Mark Ruse. Dir: KevinCarlin. Scr: Jimeoin McKeown. DoP: Mark Wareham. Ed: Angie Higgins. Proddesign: Ben Morieson. Cost design: Kitty Stuckey. Hair/make-up: Kirsten Veysey.Music supervisor Norman Parkhill. Main cast: Jimeoin, Rhys Muldoon, KristyHinze, Katherine Slattery, Helen Dallimore, Bob Franklin. Shooting at CentralCity Studios in Melbourne from March 5 to April 23.
Contact: Kerrie Theobald, publicist (61 3) 9509 0229.

(HAA Films). Budget:n/a. Backers: Film Finance Corporation Australia, The Movie Network, FilmVictoria, The Australian Children's Television Foundation, New South Wales Filmand Television Office. Int'l sales: Universal Pictures (Aust, NZ and UKrights), Arclight (rest of world). Distrib: Hoyts (Aust/NZ), Universal (UK).Coming-of-age drama. The trials and tribulations of being a teenager and peerrivalry, but also the value of true friendship. Exec prod: John Brousek.Co-exec prods: Gary Hamilton, Victor Syrmis. Prods: John Brousek, ElizabethHowatt-Jackman. Line prod: Sue Wild. Dir: Geoff Bennett. Scr: ChristineMadafferi from the book by Robin Klein. DoP: Steve Newman. Ed: Suresh Ayar.Production design: Ralph Moser. Cost design: Paul Warren. Hair/make-up:Christine Miller. Music: Cezary Skubiszewski. Main cast: Delta Goodrem, SaskiaBurmeister. Shooting in Melbourne from April 5 to May 21.
Contact: Fiona Nix, publicist, 61 2 9380 4933

(Hibiscus Film) Budget:n/a. Backers: Film Finance Corporation Australia, Adelaide Film Festival, SouthAustralian Film Corporation, Film Victoria, SBS Independent. Int'l sales:Fortissimo. Distrib: Footprint (Aust/NZ). Drama (live action with some animatedsequences). Over a fiercely hot weekend, four people grapple with life-changingnews, wondering whether their fate is deserved or earned, and how happinessmight be possible. Prod: Bridget Ikin. Assoc prods: Barbara Masel, VickiSugars. Dir/scr: Sarah Watt. DOP: Ray Argall. Production design: RitaZanchetta. Cost design: Edie Kurzer. Sound recordist: Toivo Lember. Ed: DeniseHaratzis. Sound design: Ashley Klose Main. Main cast: William McInnes, JustineClark, Anthony Hayes, Andrew Gilbert, Lisa Flanagan, Daniela Farinacci, SachaHorler. Shooting in Adelaide from March 15 to April 30, 2004.
Contact: Wouter Barendrecht, Fortissimo, (852) 2311 8081

(Cine-Godelle[France]). Budget: Euros 1m. Backers: Monique Godelle, Catherine Powell, DavidBlack. Int'l sales/distrib: tba. Psychological thriller. A married couple andtheir son move to a small shack at a strange lakeside town. Things start to getvery strange for the husband as he re-acquaints himself with the odd-balltownspeople from his long forgotten youth. Exec prods: Monique Godelle, AlexFrayne. Prod/dir/ed: Alex Frayne. Script/DoP: Nick Matthews. Sound design: TomHeuzenroeder. Production design: Robert Webb. Costume design/hair/make-up:Heather Wallace. Cast: Mark Constable, Victoria Hill, William Traeger. Shootingin South Australia from March 6 to July 23 (excluding May).
Contact Alex Frayne, 61 414 455 920.

(Springer Films)Budget: n/a. Backers: private investors, Film Victoria's Regional Victoria FilmLocation Attraction Fund. Int'l sales/distrib: tba. A love story with bite.Falsely believing she is his missing wife, a delusional man rescues a youngwoman from killing herself only to hold her captive at his remote property. Anunusual relationship develops as the young woman plays along. When the man'sreal wife returns, the young woman isn't ready to leave. Prods: MelissaBeauford, Kieran Galvin. Dir/script: Kieran Galvin. DoP: Tom Gleeson. Editor:Mark Atkin. Production design: Jessamy Llewellyn. Cast: Nadia Townsend, BernardCurry. Shooting in Melbourne and Healesville from August 9 to September 6.
Contact: Melissa Beauford, 0414 977 929

BrainBOW Films. Budget:low. Backers: private. Int'l sales/distrib: tba. Action. Four hit men, threeslackers, two hackers and a man called Fink: Three stories, one outcome ... 3The Hard Way. Exec prod: Byron Brimstone, John Bowring. Prods: Peter Taylor,Chris Murray. Dir/scr: Tim Boyle. Executive consultant: Jim Frazier. DoP: CazDickson. Ed: David Kelly. Production design: Viola Rok. Costume design: CathLindsey. Hair/make-up: Alison McGirr. Main cast: Sam Worthington, SteveBastoni, Brett Stiller, Johnny Boxer, Jason Crewes, Selwyn, Brian Cobb, JohnSchwartz, David Wheeler. Shooting in Sydney from April 7 to June 19.
Contact: Peter Taylor, 61 418 641 395

(Arenafilm) Budget:n/a. Backers: Film Finance Corporation Australia, PMP/Showtime, private equity.Int'l sales: Becker Films International. Distrib: Dendy/Footprint (Aust/NZ),Fandango (Italy). Comedy drama. An honest decent man unfairly finds himself, atage 38, with a wife and child and three dollars. Prod: John Maynard. Dir:Robert Connolly. Scr: Connolly, Elliot Perlman, from a book by Perlman. DoP:Tristan Milani. Prod design: Luigi Pittorini. Ed: Nick Meyers. Music: AlanJohn. Main cast: David Wenham, Frances O'Connor, Sarah Wynter. Shooting inMelbourne from March 8 to May 1.
Contact: John Maynard, Arenafilm, 61 2 9319 7011 or mail@

(GMF Pty Ltd). Budget:low. Backers: Film Finance Corporation Australia, South Australian FilmCorporation, private investors. Int'l sales: Arclight. Distrib:Arclight/Mushroom (Aust/NZ). Horror/thriller. Nighmarish events take over agroup of young people in the remote and inhospitable Australian outback. Execprods: Martin Fabinyi, Gary Hamilton, Matt Hearn, Simon Hewitt. Prods: DavidLightfoot, Greg McLean. Dir/scr: Greg McLean. DoP: Will Gibson. Ed: JasonBallantine. Production design: Rob Webb. Costume design: Nicola Dunn. Makeup:Jen Lamphee. Music: Franc Tetaz. Main cast: John Jarratt, Nathan Phillips,Kestie Morassi, Cassandra Mcgrath. Shooting in outback South Australia from May17 to June 25, 2004.
Contact: Gary Hamilton, Arclight, 61 2 9955 8825



(Blackbox Films) Backers:Creative New Zealand's Screen Innovation Production Fund. Int'l sales: tba.Distrib: Arkles Entertainment (Aust/NZ). Psychological thriller. Lydia hasopened her door to a lost young woman. Before her stay is over, both will wishthe door had remained closed. Prod: Robert Rowe. Dir: Dane Giraud. Script:Giraud, Owen Black. DoP: Paul Tomlins. Ed: Campbell Farquhar. Creativeconsultant: Murray Hutchinson. Cast: Sara Wiseman, Rima Te Wiata. Shooting inHawkes Bay, NZ, from January 10 to February 2, 2005
Contact: Gina Dellabarca, Star Publicity, 64 21 427 553

(Colonial Encounters)Backers: New Zealand Film Commission, Working Title Films. Int'l sales: NZFilm. Distrib: Miramax (Aust/NZ), Working Title (UK). Drama. A fractured Fijianfamily comes together for one day when their matriarch decides to name hersuccessor. Prods: Tim White, Lydia Livingston, Philipa Campbell. Dir/scr: ToaFraser. Main cast: tba. Shooting in early 2005.
Contact: Kathleen Drumm, New Zealand Film, 64 4 382 7685.


(Disney/Walden Media)Budget: n/a. Backers: Walt Disney Studios. Fantasy. Four children in World WarII England, enter the world of Narnia through a magical wardrobe. They discovera charming, peaceful land inhabited by talking beasts, dwarfs, centaurs andgiants, but facing an eternal winter due to the evil White Witch, Jadis. Withthe noble mystical lion Aslan, they fight the curse. Exec prods: Andrew Adamson,Philip Steuer, Perry Moore. Prods: Mark Johnson. Dir: Andrew Adamson. Scr:Andrew Adamson, Anne Peacock, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, from thebook by CS Lewis. DoP: Donald McAlpine. Ed: Sim Evan-Jones, Jim May. Proddesign: Roger Ford. Costume design: Isis Mussenden. Composer: HarryGregson-Williams. VFX super: Dean Wright. VFX: Rhythm & Hues, SonyImageworks. Main cast: Tilda Swinton, James McAvoy, Kiran Shah, Jim Broadbentand James Cosmo, voice actors Ray Winstone, Rupert Everett and Dawn French andchild stars Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, Anna Popplewell, William Moseley.Shooting in Auckland, Queenstown, Oamaru, Christchurch, Bristol and the CzechRepublic from June 28 to January 2005.
Contact: Ernie Malik, unit publicist, 64 27 258 9165.

(Big Primate Pictures).Budget: n/a. Backers: Universal Pictures. Remake of the 1933 classic. Anexpedition explores a remote island with a gigantic ape deity known as Kong.Kong falls in love with a beautiful actress attached to a filmmaking expeditionto a remote island, after she is offered as a sacrifice. After her rescue, Kongis captured and taken to New York. Prods: Jan Blenkin, Carolynne Cunningham,Fran Walsh, Peter Jackson. Dir: Jackson. Asst dir: Cunningham. Second unit dir:Randy Cook. Scr: Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Jackson. DoP: Andrew Lesnie. Ed: JamieSelkirk. Prod design: Grant Major. Art dir/set decorator: Dan Hennah. Costumedesigner: Terry Ryan. Sound: Hammond Peek. Choreographer: Shona McCullagh.Composer: Howard Shore. Unit production manager: Anne Bruning. Casting: LizMullane, Victoria Burrows. Main cast: Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody,Thomas Kretschmann, Colin Hanks, Andy Serkis, Jamie Bell, Evan Parke, LoboChan, Kyle Chandler, John Sumner, Craig Hall. Shooting at Stone Street Studiosin Wellington from September 2004 to March 2005.
Contact: Guy Adan, unit publicist. 64 4 380 5000.

(Silverscreen Films[NZ], The Film Consortium [UK]) Budget: n/a. Backers: New Zealand FilmProduction Fund, New Zealand Film Commission, The Film Consortium, The UK FilmCouncil, Endgame, Invicta. Int'l sales: The Works (worldwide except for Japanand Asia), NZ Film (all Asian territories including Japan). Distrib: 20thCentury Fox (UK, Aust, NZ). Period drama. The story of a young woman's conflictwhen caught between two cultures. Exec prods: James Stern, Neil Peplow, GeoffDixon. Prods: Don Reynolds, Chris Auty. Co-prod: Tainui Stephens. Dir: VincentWard. Scr: Ward, Toa Fraser. DoP: Alun Bollinger. Ed: Ewa Lind. Prod design: RickKofoed. Costume design: Barbara Darragh. Hair/make-up: Linda Wall. Script ed:Kely Lyons. Line prod: Trishia Downie. Casting: Diana Rowan (NZ), Celestia Fox(UK). Main cast: Samantha Morton, Kiefer Sutherland, Cliff Curtis, TemueraMorrison. Shooting in the North Island of New Zealand from Oct 4 to November 29
Contact Sue May, publicist, 64 274 739 318.

(Roger Donaldson/GaryHannam Production) Budget: n/a. Backers: OLC/Rights Entertainment, New ZealandFilm Production Fund, New Zealand Film Commission. Int'l sales: OLC/RightsEntertainment (Korea, Taiwan, Japan), New Zealand Film (all remaining rightsexcept North America). Distrib: tba. Drama. After 42 years of perfecting andmodifying his beloved 1920 Indian Scout motorcycle, Burt Munro fulfils hislifelong ambition to race at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. With all oddsagainst him, he sets a new world land speed record. Exec prods: Charles Hannah,Masaharu Inaba. Prods: Roger Donaldson, Gary Hannam. Dir/scr: Donaldson. DoP:David Gribble. Ed: John Gilbert. Production design: Dennis Washington. Specialeffects: Phil Cory. Main cast: Anthony Hopkins. Shooting in Utah and the SouthIsland of New Zealand from September 27, 2004.
Contact: Kathleen Drumm, New Zealand Film, (644) 382 7685.


(MF Films) Budget:NZ$2.5m. Backers: New Zealand Film Commission. Int'l sales: NZ Film. Distribs:tba. Drama. Coming of age story of a boy growing up in a small southern town.Prod: Michele Fantl. Dir: Stewart Main. Scr: Main from Grame Aitken's novel.DOP: Simon Raby. Ed: Peter Roberts. Prod design: Ken Turner. Cost design:Kirsty Cameron. Hair/make-up: Tracey Sharman. Music: Peter Scholes. Main cast:Rima te Wiata, Michael Dorman. Shooting in Central Otago from February 10 toMarch 27, 2004.
Contact: Kathleen Drumm, New Zealand Film, 64 4 382 7685.

(Crimbil Equities [NZ], RocMedia [UK]). Budget: NZ$20m. Backers: New Zealand Film Production Fund, NewZealand Film Commission, Movision, Royal Bank Of Scotland. Roc Media. Int'lsales: Arclight (worldwide), NZ Film (Aust/NZ, South East Asia). Distrib:Nikatsu (Japan), Scanbox (Scandinavia). Futuristic vampire thriller. Anoriginal retelling of the vampire myth. Prods: Tim Sanders, Russel Fischer,Haneet Vaswani, Michael Cowan, Jason Piette. Dir/script: Glenn Standring. DoP:Leon Narbey. Ed: Chris Blunden. Prod design: Phil Ivey. Costume design: KirstyCameron. Composer: Anne Dudley. Cast: Dougray Scott, Saffron Burrows, Stuart Wilson,Scott Wills, Leo Gregory. Shooting in Dunedin and Auckland, New Zealand, fromMay 23 until August 12, 2004.
Contact: Tim Sanders, c/o New Zealand Film Commission, (64 4) 382 7680