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Surfs up as Minister tours Margaret River set of highly-anticipated film Drift

25 Aug 2011

Culture and the Arts Minister John Day today had got a first-hand look at the production on set of the highly-anticipated film Drift.

Mr Day toured the costume, set and props areas of the working production site and was shown early footage, before heading to the beach set.

The Minister said ScreenWest’s production attraction and development funding of up to $525,000 would see about 100 technicians, including local crew and emerging Western Australian filmmakers, gaining invaluable on-set learning opportunities.

“The high-profile nature of the project and its commercial potential mean that the WA screen industry’s reputation and skills will continue to grow,” he said.

Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said the State Government’s $1million in Royalties for Regions funding through the South West Development Commission (SWDC) was a good investment in an exciting project that would bring a raft of economic and promotional benefits to the region.

“Drift is a unique opportunity to put the international spotlight on Margaret River and the South-West region’s stunning coastline,” Mr Grylls said.

“I am pleased that Royalties for Regions through the efforts of the South West Development Commission helped secure this film for WA.”

Set in the 1960s and 1970s, Drift stars WA actor Sam Worthington and is produced by World Wide Mind Films’ award-winning Australian film director/producer, Tim Duffy (Let’s Talk About Sex). Mr Duffy joins another WA ex-pat in co-producer Myles Pollard (McLeod’s Daughters, X-Men Origins: Wolverine), who also stars in the film, and Michele Bennett (Chopper, The Magician) from the east coast.

The screenplay is by Australian actor, writer, producer and director Morgan O'Neill (Sea Patrol, Water Rats, Solo), who also directs the film with Ben Nott and executive producer, WA’s Joan Peters.

Mr Day said the South-West surfing culture was alive and well.

“The beautiful coastline, quiet charm and world-class wines and food to match the world-class surf, makes our south west as quintessentially ‘West Australian’ as the Pilbara is to the WA screen industry’s latest run-away success story - Red Dog,” he said.

The film has local support from the shires of Augusta-Margaret River; and Busselton and the Augusta-Margaret River Tourism Association. Screen Australia is also providing funding for Drift.