“It’s fantastic to be working with Tim Winton again on an iconic Australian story, with such a talented cast of actors, and filming in an extraordinary part of the world,” said Robert Connolly, who was behind the Winton adaptation of The Turning. “The story of Blueback is a beautiful tale of life, love, belonging and with the fragility of our oceans and sea life as an underlying thread, it couldn’t be more timely.”
Blueback is set on the coast of Western Australia, and will shoot in the Great Souther region and Ningaloo Reef in WA. It centres on Abby, a young girl who becomes mesmerised by a beautiful wild groper, and makes it her mission to save the under threat fish from poachers. Ariel Donoghue and Ilsa Fogg will play the younger versions of Abby, while Mia Wasikowska will play her as an adult.
“Blueback will not only be an exquisite postcard for the Great Southern region of Western Australia – taking its stunning coastal landscapes to the world, but it has also generated a significant number of local jobs and investment into the local economy,” said Screenwest CEO, Willie Rowe. “Screenwest is pleased to support the project with the State Government and Lotterywest and can’t wait to see the amazing Australian talent to showcase one of Tim Winton’s cherished novellas on screen.”
A combination of animatronic puppetry, CG and underwater footage will capture Blueback‘s underwater environment.
“We are thrilled to be working on another adaptation of a powerful Tim Winton tale following the extraordinary experience of distributing Breath and look forward to continuing to develop our relationship with Robert Connolly, after the exceptional box office successes of Paper Planes and The Dry,” said Joel Pearlman, CEO of the film’s distributor Roadshow Films.