Stars lured to Winton movie
Stars lured to Winton movie

Production is due to begin within six weeks on the adaptation of The Turning, with a stellar line-up of Australian talent set to bring Tim Winton's acclaimed book of short stories to the big screen.

Arts Minister John Day said last night the State Government would invest $175,000 in the project, ensuring six of the 17 short stories would be shot in WA.

Speaking at the launch of Revelation Perth International Film Festival's Get Your Shorts On! program, Mr Day said The Turning was a great chance for local filmmakers to get involved in a national production on a grand scale.

"The six films shot here will require WA directors, producers, directors of photography, an editor, together with several internship opportunities," Mr Day said.

Co-produced by Robert Connolly and Maggie Miles, each story in The Turning will have a different director, with Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett, David Wenham and Mia Wasikowska among those attached to the project.

Perth-based director of 2009's The Waiting City, Claire McCarthy, and producer of the locally shot film Blame, Melissa Kelly, will work together on one of the stories.

WA Academy of Performing Arts graduate Ian Meadows will also direct a chapter.

Connolly said the location for the WA films had yet to be determined.

The remaining stories will be shot around NSW, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia.

The producers have yet to cast for the stories, though Connolly said having talent such as Blanchett and Wenham attached to the project had had a flow-on effect.

"With people like David, Cate and Mia involved already, it's generating a lot of interest from a lot of big-name actors," he said.

Winton said he was delighted to see the project come to life.

The West Australian

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