Heath Davis announced himself with Broke, starring a career-best Steve Le Marquand as a broken down former footy player coping with a gambling addiction. Now, Davis has cast perennial local character actor Alan Dukes in the lead role of a cantankerous high school English teacher who only wants to be a celebrated author, and must survive various dalliances, sleazy publishers, a desperate literary agent, his own ego, and book week, of course. Couldn’t be much different to Broke, this looks like an absolute hoot.
The supporting cast looks the business too, with some of this country’s best performers making a contribution: Susan Prior, Rhys Muldoon, Toby Schmitz, Airlie Dodds, Rose Riley, Nicholas Hope, Tiriel Mora, Jolene Anderson, Pippa Grandison, Maya Stange and Steve Le Marquand, of course.
After premiering to sold out screenings at the Melbourne International Film Festival earlier this year, the Blue Mountains-shot Book Week will travel to the Byron Bay Film Festival and the Noosa International Film Festival, with a limited release scheduled from October 25, 2018.