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WA film to use the force of Ewan McGregor

16 Oct 2012

International star Ewan McGregor has agreed to play a role in the highly anticipated crime thriller Son of a Gun, expected to be shot in Western Australia in early 2013.

The State Government, through ScreenWest and Lotterywest, is supporting Son of a Gun with funding support under the ScreenWest Drama Production Investment Fund.

Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said there was a lot of buzz among the WA film and television industry.

“The drama industry in WA is booming with Tim Winton’s The Turning, An Accidental Soldier and These Final Hours all filming in 2012,” Mr Day said.

“This latest news that the star of Star Wars, Trainspotting and Moulin Rouge, Ewan McGregor, will star in a locally-made film further shows the WA film industry is making its international mark following the success of Red Dog and the anticipation surrounding Drift, starring Sam Worthington.

“The high-profile nature of the project and its commercial potential mean the WA screen industry will continue to grow.”

The Minister said Son of a Gun was a heist thriller, written and directed by talented WA expat Julius Avery, and was the story of a young man’s apprenticeship to public enemy No. 1, played by McGregor. 

Son of a Gun comes on the heels of the award-winning filmmaker’s short film Jerrycan, which won the Jury Prize at Cannes and the Australian Film Institute award for Best Short Film,” he said.

First-time feature director Avery, a graduate of the Claremont Art School and Victorian College of the Arts, will team up with one of Australia’s most experienced producer’s Timothy White (Oscar and Lucinda, Two Hands, Ned Kelly, The Boys are Back and Sleeping Beauty).

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