Bryan Brown is set to headline a new World War I telemovie to be produced in Perth.
The battlefields of Normandy will be revived and re-enacted in Perth thanks to a new made-for-television movie commissioned by the ABC.
Speaking at the conclusion of the 2012 CinefestOZ film festival in Busselton last night Minister for Culture and the Arts John Day announced An Accidental Solider would begin production in Perth next month.
“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,” he said.
The entire telemovie, which Mr Day claims will "transform farmland outside Perth into Normandy, France during 1918", will be directed by acclaimed director Rachel Ward, will be filmed entirely in WA.
An all-star cast will also call Perth home for the duration of filming including Ward’s husband – star of Cocktail and The Thorn Birds Bryan Brown, RocKwiz host Julia Zemiro and Offspring’s Dan Spielman.
An Accidental Solider is based on John Charalambous’s novel Silent Parts and follows the stories of Australian troops in the trenches of western France during World War I.
Kylie Du Fresne, producer of Australia’s most recent box office and critical smash hit The Sapphires will adapt the story for the small screen, while production designer Clayton Jauncey will work with the Western Australian Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority to transform the Midland Railway Workshops into a munitions factory.
According to CinefestOZ organiser, this year’s five-day event has exceeded the expectations of the local film community thanks to more than 10,000 attendees taking in the 29 films which were screened around the region.
More than 30 industry heavyweights including Ward, Brown, David Wenham and Emma Booth made the journey to the South West for the second annual boutique film festival which focuses on promoting Australian and French-made productions.