Roadshow Films has acquired all Australian and New Zealand rights to the unfinished homegrown drama One Perfect Day, about a young musical prodigy torn from the pursuit of his classical music career after his sister dies from a drug overdose at a dance party.
One Perfect Day is a rare example of an Australian film without funding from taxpayers but with a budget big enough to afford decent attachments. It is the directorial debut of Paul Currie whose original idea was the basis of Chip Richards' script. Dan Spielman, who is best known for his work in the theatre, is in the lead role. He stars alongside Kerry Armstrong, who won last year's best actress AFI Award for her role in Lantana, Leeanna Walsman (Star Wars: Attack Of The Clones, Looking For Alibrandi) and Nathan Phillips (Australian Rules).
The film's music is attracting much interest, culminating with Universal this week signing for the soundtrack rights. Legendary German DJ Paul Van Dyk composed the film's theme song, which is part of an original score by David Hobson and Josh Abrahams that blends classical and dance music.
The film involved tens of thousands of people in five dance parties staged for the film during this year's seven-week Melbourne shoot. Van Dyk appears as himself at one of them.
Currie and long-time advertising agency executive Phil Gregory produced One Perfect Day after successfully collaborating on a documentary. The film was executive produced by Charles Morton, whose business interests include a chain of pubs.
It is the first feature from Lightstream Films, set up by the trio two years ago. Lightstream has two other films in development. The producers are now looking for an international sales agent.
"One Perfect Day has emerged as one of the most hotly contested titles available for acquisition in many years," said Roadshow managing director Joel Pearlman. "We are delighted to be working with Paul Currie, Phil Gregory and Charles Morton on this outstanding project and look forward to bringing One Perfect Day to cinemas in 2003."