War film starts shooting
Bryan Brown with wife Rachel Ward. Picture: Becky Felstead/The West Australian.

A new telemovie about a war-time love story set in France started shooting in Perth this week.

An Accidental Soldier, commissioned by the ABC will use WA as a backdrop to a gripping tale of a young Australian man who deserts from Normandy in World War I and is taken in by a French woman living behind the lines.

It features French-born actor Julia Zemiro, Australians Dan Spielman and Bryan Brown and French actor Marie Bunel. Rachel Ward, Brown's wife, will direct.

Parts of An Accidental Soldier will also be filmed in Moora, New Norcia and the ABC studios in Perth.

The story is based on the novel Silent Parts by John Charalambous.

It is produced by Sue Taylor from Taylor Media and Goalpost Pictures' Kylie du Fresne, who made hit features such as The Sapphires and Lockie Leonard.

The film, which was developed and financed by the government to the tune of $643,000 through ABC Television and ScreenWest, is expected to wrap in early October and will screen on the ABC next year.

The West Australian

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