A week after his film Felony launched into Australian cinemas, Screen Australia has revealed that it is investing production funding in director Matt Saville’s third feature.
Comedy A Month of Sundays will be the next film from the production arm of distributor Madman.
Madman executive Nick Batzias is producing with Kirsty Stark, who worked with the company on the series Wastelander Panda.
While Felony was not written by Saville – lead actor Joel Edgerton was the writer – he will direct A Month of Sundays from his own script, which draws on personal experience: his father was a real estate agent and so is this film’s lead character, to be played by Anthony LaPaglia.
Screen Australia also confirmed that it is supporting Looking For Grace, in which Radha Mitchell and Richard Roxburgh play the on-screen mother and father of newcomer Odessa Young.
The fourth film director Sue Brooks (Japanese Story) is now in its second week of production in Western Australia. It is her first as writer.
“Japanese Story is not only one of our most successful local releases ever, it’s a beloved favourite of our team and family,” said Benjamin Zeccola, chief executive of Palace Films, which will handle the film locally.
“The story has genuine heart and soul, and we have confidence the ‘Grace’ team will deliver another iconic Australian film that appeals to the quality cinema audience that Palace has successfully mobilised in the past.”
Screen Australia has also confirmed that it put completion funding into the documentary Electric Boogaloo: The Wild Untold Story of Cannon Films, which had its world premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival last month and screens at Toronto this week, and the zombie movie Wyrmwood, which has already secured interest from some prestigious festivals.