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Local filming on An Accidental Soldier begins

06 Sep 2012
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Culture and the Arts Minister John Day has taken a first-hand look behind the scenes of ABC TV’s new telemovie An Accidental Soldier, which commenced filming in Perth this week.

The State Government has supported An Accidental Soldier with funding support under the ABC/ScreenWest Matched Primetime Television Production Fund.

Mr Day met cast and crew of the highly-anticipated wartime love story set in WWI France, which is to be filmed entirely in Western Australia.

“It was a privilege to be invited to watch the scene set in the French Factory Antechamber particularly as the Midland Railway Workshops has been transformed so successfully into the munitions factory,” he said.

“Production designer Clayton Jauncey has done a remarkable job with the set and this project is providing such valuable opportunities for the State’s screen industry.”

The Minister watched a scene with factory workers gossiping about of the arrest of one of the characters by the police; the scene involved actors Marie Bunel and Julia Zemiro.

The telemovie will be produced by Sue Taylor from Taylor Media (The Tree, 3 Acts of Murder) and Goalpost Pictures’ Kylie du Fresne (The Sapphires, Lockie Leonard); and directed by Rachel Ward (The Straits, Rake, My Place, Beautiful Kate).

An Accidental Soldier follows the story of a baker in the ANZAC service corps who, amid the terror and chaos of war, makes an extraordinary decision and is transformed by an unexpected love.

An Accidental Soldier is based on the novel Silent Parts by John Charalambous and follows the wartime story of a member of ANZAC

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