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British director Jim Loach takes new film to Australia

Jim LoachOranges and Sunshine director Jim Loach is returning to Australia for his next feature.

As yet untitled, the screenplay has been written by Judy Morris (Happy Feet 2; Babe: Pig in the City) and centres on a 12 year-old boy who realises his must escape his dysfunctional but passionate and multigenerational Spanish family.

Shooting will take place from March 3 at the Adelaide Studios, the Barossa Valley and the Flinders Ranges.

Loach, who shot some of his critically acclaimed Oranges and Sunshine in Australia in 2010, said of the new project: “As soon as I read Judy's script, I knew this was a film I wanted to make. It's just a great story, and with a brilliant cinematic quality built in.

“It has a big, big heart and travels through a terrain that I've always wanted to explore - familial love and loss, and everything else in between. Developing it has been a joy and lots of fun, and I'm looking forward to shooting.”

The feature comes from Met Film in the UK and Southern Light Alliance, which is based at Adelaide Studios. The producers are Stewart le Maréchal and Anna Mohr-Pietsch for Met Film and Timothy White and Anna Vincent for Southern Light Alliance.

The project has backing from the South Australian Film Corporation, whose chair, Judy Potter, said the project will employ over 70 local crew and cast, with an estimated spend of over $4.5m in South Australia on top of the usage of Adelaide Studios.

She added: “This project is an example of how the new SAFC programs are encouraging co-productions between our highly capable local producers and producers from interstate and overseas.”

The film stars Michael Crisafulli, Jessica Marais, Paz Vega, Carmen Maura, Antonio de la Torre, Quim Gutierrez and veteran US actor Edward James Olmos.

For more information on filming in Australia, take a look at our country guide here.



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