Aussie Musical Calls Action

Featuring a clutch of musical talent, the feature film ‘Goddess’ has just commenced shooting in Sydney.

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Shooting has just commenced on the Australian musical Goddess at Sydney's Fox Studios. The project's to be directed by Mark Lamprell (co-writer of Babe: Pig in the City and director of My Mother Frank) with actress turned writer, director Judy Morris (co-director of Happy Feet and writer of Fred Schepisi's upcoming Eye of the Storm) here serving as Musical Director. The film's based on a screenplay penned by Lamprell and Joanna Weinberg.

Very much in the spirit of feel-good musicals, Lamprell hopes Goddess will find a global audience. "Goddess is a wonderful fairy tale which I hope will resonate with audiences around the world," the director enthuses.

The story of Goddess follows a young mum, Elspeth Dickens, who shares mischievous twin boys with husband James Dickens, an international whale conservationist. When the mother of two installs a webcam in her kitchen, her household songs are fed live to the world and she becomes a cyber sensation. However, when the internet goddess has to choose between fame and family, she almost loses it all...

Taking on the lead role of Elspeth is English actress Laura Michelle Kelly, who is best known for her performance as Mary Poppins on Broadway. Playing her husband James is international singer/songwriter Ronan Keating who will put his X-factor duties on hold for a while.

Also cast is Magda Szubanski, playing the head of an advertising company in the film.

Producer Richard Keddie (Hawke) has high hopes that the star cast will help create a memorable musical that emulates the classics. "With the beautiful Laura Michelle Kelly, and the incredible Ronan Keating and Magda Szubanski, we hope to turn our brilliant script into as fine a musical as this country has ever seen."

Hopefully it will fare better than the recent Aussie "feel good" musical A Heartbeat Away...

Goddess is scheduled to be released nationally in cinemas in 2012.

Picture caption: Keating, courtesy of Getty Images/Mike Flokis.

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