French sales house Flach Pyramide International has made its first major investment in Australian filmmaking, taking international rights to writer/ director Kathryn Millard's debut feature Travelling Light

Millard's acclaimed one-hour film Parklands - Cate Blanchett's big screen debut - sufficiently impressed the sales agency, which is known for its interest in auteur directors and arthouse projects.

Pia Miranda and Sacha Horler will star as sisters during the social upheaval of the early 1970s. While they are well known in Australia for Looking For Alibrandi and Praise respectively, they are yet to be discovered internationally.

A third key character, yet to be cast, is a beat poet just arrived from the US.

The Film Finance Corporation yesterday (May 8) approved the last piece of the financing puzzle. Already in place as financiers were the South Australian Film Corporation, the New South Wales Film and Television Office and the Premium Movie Partnership, which is also providing a pay TV presale. Dendy has bought Australian theatrical rights and SBS Independent has free-to-air television rights.

The six-week shoot is due to take place in Adelaide from September.