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Sydney secures Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford film

The adaptation of Mary Mapes’ memoir, Truth, starring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford, is set to film in Sydney, Australia.

            Robert Redford                                                         

Mapes (Blanchett) was the producer on American current affairs show 60 Minutes when, in 2004, veteran news anchor Dan Rather (Redford) reported that George W Bush had received special treatment while serving in the Air National Guard during the Vietnam War to avoid being drafted.

The scandal, which soon became known as Rathergate, made headlines around the world and resulted in the firing of Mapes.

The film marks the directorial feature debut of James Vanderbilt (The Amazing Spider-Man) and is set to shoot in Sydney for eight weeks, with much of the post-production also taking place in the city.

New South Wales arts minister Troy Grant was reported as saying the film would spend over AUS$11m and create over 200 local jobs.

He said in a statement: "This international production, starring Sydney's own Cate Blanchett, and one of Hollywood's most iconic stars, Robert Redford, shows yet again that NSW is at the top of the list of preferred international production destinations."

The news bolsters a burgeoning number of titles heading to film in Australia: shooting has just got underway on The Dressmaker starring Kate Winslet (first reported on KFTV a year ago) and it was recently confirmed that Pirates of the Caribbean 5 is also set to film after Disney reached a deal with the federal government.

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