It’s been a long time since Antony J. Bowman’s surprise 1999 hit Paperback Hero, which rocketed Hugh Jackman to international stardom. The same thing can’t be said of Bowman, who, apart from a couple of short films, has only made US indie Blackmail (2017) since then, at least when it comes to movies.
But now he returns with Arrivederci, starring Jeanie Drynan (Soft Fruit, Muriel’s mum in Muriel’s Wedding, a mainstay of local TV) and Isabella Rossellini.
In the film Drynan plays farmer’s wife Izzy Davies, who loses her husband and refuses to move into a retirement home. Instead, she heads off to Greece and meets an Italian opera diva played by Rossellini.
“Arrivederci is an emotional and visually stunning story that deals with the universal themes of love, loss and the rediscovery of one’s life – at any age! Its worldwide appeal is grounded in the universality of its story, its themes, its exotic locales and the international appeal of its actors,” states the press release.
The film will be produced by Michael Robertson and Neal Kingston through their Thrills & Spills banner, with Rick Selvage as Executive Producer. Pre-Production will commence shortly, aiming at production in Australia in early 2021 and Greece in the Spring.