The Western Australian economy might be hurting, but that hasn’t slowed down film production in the state, with today’s announcement of the top-tier local cast for the upcoming feature film, Rams, adapting the Icelandic hit of the same name from 2015. The Jeremy Sims (Last Cab to Darwin, Wayne) directed film commenced its shoot on Monday, October 1 in Mount Barker and surrounding areas in Western Australia’s Great Southern region.
Screenwest Interim CEO Peter Rowe said, “we are thrilled that Rams is being made here in WA with such incredible global talent. When it was first presented to us we recognised the film’s ambition and vision and knew the story would further resonate when told using the stunning Porongurup mountain range as a backdrop.”
Jeremy Sims added: “I am excited to have the chance to take this elegant and powerful tale and set it in the place that I spent my summers growing up. This is a story about family, connected through land and community, and the relationships at the heart of those communities. Regional WA is a vast and complex place, and the Great Southern has such a unique flavour that audiences deserve to see it on the big screen. It is of course a privilege to work again with Michael Caton, and Sam Neill is one of my favourite actors and a legend of world cinema. I can’t wait to bring them together and see what happens.”
Rams is produced by WBMC’s Janelle Landers and Aidan O’Bryan, written by Jules Duncan, and will be distributed by Roadshow Films.