The Melbourne-based production company at the helm of the big screen adaptation of Tim Winton’s short-story collection The Turning has chosen Bluff Knoll as one of its six WA filming locations.
ArenaMedia scouted locations around the State during the past two months after ScreenWest invested $175,000 in the project.
The company, with producer Robert Connolly at its head, included the Great Southern in its schedule as Winton’s only prose anthology is partly set in the fictional town of Angelus, based on his former childhood hometown Albany.
Though never named, the Stirling Ranges is the setting Winton imagined when writing Fog, the story of a country policeman who gets disoriented in strange weather while facilitating a search-and-rescue in remote bushland.
The film, set in the 1980s, will be one of 17 12-minute film chapters to comprise part of the finished collaborative project.
Melbourne director Jonathan auf der Heide has been charged with adapting the story into a script and bringing the short film together.
Actors including Cate Blanchett, David Wenham and Hugo Weaving are attached to The Turning’s 16 other films.
“There’s some really big names attached to this film but… we’re all working for the love of the story, so we’re really hoping to get the community involved,” Mr auf der Heide said.
Previously director of the 2009 thriller Van Diemen’s Land, Mr auf der Heide spent a week in the region recently and described the local shooting location as “spectacular”.
“For us, it was really important to have the authenticity of location,” he said.
“It’s one of the few places that I can imagine that you would be lost and caught within a fog.
“When I first read the story, I was really taken with the represen8tation of the character’s mind through location and the surroundings.”
Mr auf der Heide and his team have cast indigenous WA actor Dean Daley-Jones, who wowed in his film debut as the lead in Brendan Fletcher’s Mad Bastards, as the story’s protagonist.
The director is putting the call out for local extras to be involved in the project and also for 1980s-style police vehicles, “big boxy white Fords”.
Anyone interested in getting involved with or helping the project is invited to email Fog WA co-producer Tenille Kennedy at firstname.lastname@example.org.