Blinder - Aussie rules on the big screen
Friday, February 22 2013 @ 12:25 AM CST
Contributed by: Troy Thompson
It's been a while since we have had an Aussie rules movie doing the rounds. On March 7 around Australia the film Blinder will be released. No details are available yet on any international release. The trailer for the movie can be seen below.
The following is from the the Blinder movie website. Legendary actor Jack Thompson reprises his role as a football coach three decades after The Club, in new film Blinder which explores our country's love affair with the greatest sport in the world. Shot around Torquay, Victoria, the story follows an ex-footballer who, embracing the life lessons his coach once taught him, reignites an old flame after a long absence away from his home town.
The film also stars Josh Helman (Jack Reacher, Animal Kingdom, Mad Max: Fury Road), Oliver Ackland (The Slap, Cloudstreet), Rose McIver (The Lovely Bones), Anna Hutchison (Wild Boys, Cabin in the Woods), Zoe Carides (Death In Brunswick), Bob Morley (Home and Away) and Angus Sampson
(Insidious, Mad Max: Fury Road).
There's nothing more tightly-knit than a small town footy club. So when a scandal blows apart the Torquay Tigers, lives are thrown into chaos. After ten years away, one-time Torquay legend Tom Dunn (Ackland) returns to face his demons and pull the club back together. To reunite their team and rebuild their lives Tom and his mates will have to dig deep, face up to past mistakes and rekindle their love of football. After everything is done and dusted, it's not about giving your best, it's about doing your best.
Directed by Richard Gray (Summer Coda, Mine Games), written by Scott Didier and co-written by Richard and Michele Gray, the film is produced by the three as well as AFL greats Glenn Archer, Adrian Gleeson and Sam Kekovich. Producing credits also go to Virginia Kay and US based Chris Lemole and Mike Gillespie.
The original screenplay was written by businessman Scott Didier 14 years ago and has been in development ever since. Didier approached Richard Gray after seeing Summer Coda and sought his help to make the project a reality. Gray began working on the script with Didier in late 2010.
This is the third film for Richard Gray in as many years. And it's not going to stop there; Gray is currently shooting his next film, US made indie thriller The Lookalike. Written by Michele Gray, the film features an impressive line-up of actors including Justin Long, John Corbett, Luis Guzman, Jerry O'Connell, Gina Gershon and Gillian Jacobs.
Blinder will be released by new theatrical sales company The Backlot Studios, recently launched by Tony Ianiro and Mark D'angelo. Together they have over two decades of experience in the theatrical placement of films with Paramount and Roadshow. Big Dog Creative has also joined the team taking care of the marketing and advertising strategy and implementation throughout the entire 2013 campaign.