Australian producer Lynda House has unveiled a slate of new projects including a comedy-drama to be directed by Gillian Armstrong and a $7.5m (A$12m) futuristic fairy-tale The Broken Hill, which has a pack of wild dogs as one of the cast members.
Gillian Armstrong, who credits include Little Women and Oscar And Lucinda, is attached to direct scriptwriter Helen Hodgman's adaptation of Emily Ballon's novel Waiting For Matindi. The novel is set in the Sydney seaside suburb of Bronte.
Meanwhile Roger Scholes is attached to direct The Broken Hill from his own script. Beyond is handling international sales on the film and some financing is expected to come from German film fund MBP. The film is Scholes first since his debut The Tale Of Ruby Rose, made nearly 15 years ago
House is also developing family film Andre, which reunites the River Street partnership of writer Philip Ryall and director Tony Mahood. She is also producing writer-director Wain Fimeri's long awaited feature debut Red Monday, which is set in Melbourne from World War II through to the turn of the century. Fimeri recently recreated World War I in one-hour documentary Pozieres which Australia's Nine Network plans to screen on Anzac Day.