05 Apr 2011
The State Government today announced $1.5million in funding to support ‘Drift’, a feature film set in the 1970s at the advent of the modern surf industry in Western Australia.
Principal photography on the film, which stars Sam Worthington (international star of blockbusters ‘Avatar’ and ‘Clash of the Titans’) and Myles Pollard (‘McLeod’s Daughters’, ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’), will start in the South-West this year.
The State Government has allocated $1million of Royalties for Regions funding and investment funding of up to $500,000 through ScreenWest’s Production Attraction Fund towards the project.
Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls saidthe film would provide an economic and promotional boost to the South-West.
Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the film would also be a boost to the State’s growing screen industry.
“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,” Mr Day said.
Screen Australia will also provide funding for ‘Drift’ and has also announced it will help fund another WA production called ‘Satellite Boy’. ScreenWest is currently assessing this project for production funding.
Read the Ministers' statement.