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Best-selling book The Children to be filmed

17 Jul 2012
Culture and the Arts Minister John Day with producer Melissa Kelly and writer/director Claire McCarthy from The Children and The Turning

A feature film script based on the best-selling novel The Children has been selected to receive $750,000 in production funding through a special State Government initiative for emerging filmmakers.

Culture and Arts Minister John Day said ScreenWest’s West Coast Visions initiative provided significant funding towards a well-developed, low-budget feature film.

“West Coast Visions is the biggest fund offered by ScreenWest, with $750,000 of production investment funding available for one project per year,” Mr Day said.

“The Children is an adaptation of Charlotte Wood’s best-selling novel that follows successful TV war correspondent Mandy Connelly as she’s forced to confront her own guilt and post-traumatic stress when she uncovers a dark family secret.

“West Coast Visions is a great initiative that not only increases the level of feature film production in Western Australia but also gives local practitioners more experience - it’s a great achievement for the creative team from Factor 30 and Denaire Motion Pictures to be selected for this project.

“It is highly-competitive with the short-listed teams facing two days of interviews but the West Coast Visions assessment panel agreed The Children was the most competitive nomination.”

Director/producer Claire McCarthy (The Waiting City), producer Melissa Kelly (Blame) and cinematographer/producer Denson Baker (The Waiting City; Oranges and Sunshine; The Black Balloon) aim to begin filming in 2013 subject to further development and full financing.

The team has already pinpointed a number of filming locations in and around the southern-east region of Perth, including transforming a tranche of vacant council land in Armadale into the landscapes of Afghanistan. 

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