The State Government has invested in the production of An Accidental Soldier, a new ABC TV telemovie to be filmed entirely in Western Australia.
Culture and the Arts Minister John Day made the announcement at the 2012 CinefestOZ film festival, which is dedicated to screening Australian and French productions.
“CinefestOZ continues to embrace and celebrate WA films and filmmakers and it’s timely that many of the cast and crew featured in the French and Australian films screened here will play an integral role in An Accidental Soldier,” Mr Day said.
“The Government, through ScreenWest, will support this production - with funding support under the ABC/ScreenWest Matched Primetime Television Production Fund - which will transform farmland outside Perth into Normandy, France during 1918.
“It boasts a star-studded cast including Bryan Brown, French-born Julia Zemiro (RocKwiz), French actress Marie Bunel (War of the Buttons; The Chorus), and Dan Spielman (Offspring).
“This project will provide an invaluable opportunity for WA’s established and emerging practitioners, as an outstanding cast and crew has been assembled.
“Production begins filming next month.”
The telemovie will be produced by Sue Taylor from Taylor Media (The Tree; 3 Acts of Murder) and Goalpost Pictures’ Kylie du Fresne (The Sapphires; Lockie Leonard) and directed by Rachel Ward (The Straits; Rake; My Place; Beautiful Kate).
Production designer Clayton Jauncey, who re-created the trenches of the Western Front for Beneath Hill 60, will be responsible for transforming farmland at Carmel into Normandy and work with the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority to transform the Midland Railway Workshops into a munitions factory.