Leading Adelaide-basedpost-production and TV production company, Kojo Group, is moving into featurefilm production and has boarded writer/director Murali K. Thalluri's debutfeature .
"Our optimistic goal is tomake a couple of films per year," Kojo founding partner Kent Smith told
Elise isbeing supported by the South Australian Film Corporation and is likely to gointo production in 2006 with James Bogle (InThe Winter Dark) directing. The low-budget picture is based on GeorgiaBlain's novel Closed For Winter abouta woman who remains troubled by the disappearance of her sister 20 yearsearlier.
The film opens with a deadstudent at a local school then rewinds six hours and introduces six characterseach with a reason to commit suicide. The cast includes Gary Sweet (
"It is such a strong projectand he has done an amazing job as a young director and with a young cast," saidSmith. He is now producing alongside Thalluri and Nick Matthews, supervisingthe completion of the project by February with Kojo Pictures' cash andfacilities. A further 10 days of shooting has just wrapped.
Thalluri is only 20 years ofage, has lost friends through suicide and once tried to commit suicide himself.It is this personal experience that makes the script so insightful, says Smith."But it is a film about growing up, not about suicide."
Kojo Group, established in1983, is involved in TV commercials, non-drama television and event production.