Tim Winton adaptation, marking Gregor Jordan’s first film in Australia in 15 years, has attracted an exciting local and international cast.

Following the success of Breath, another Tim Winton novel gets the feature film treatment with Dirt Music going into production this week in Bardi Jawi country in the Kimberley, Western Australia and will continue on Noongar country in Perth and Esperance, Western Australia.

Playing the lead role of Georgie is Scottish actress Kelly MacDonald (Trainspotting, No Country For Old Men, The Bookshop), unhappily living with widower Jim (David Wenham) and falling in love with enigmatic loner Lu, to be played by Mudbound‘s Garrett Hedlund. Australians in the supporting cast include Aaron Pedersen, Chris Haywood, George Mason, Dan Wyllie and in her acting debut, musician Julia Stone.

Director Gregor Jordan hasn’t made a feature film in Australia since 2003’s Ned Kelly, but it’s not for want of trying. After making a splash with his debut Two Hands, Jordan has worked in the US (Buffalo Soldiers, The Informers, Unthinkable), and on Australian and US TV and commercials, but feature film work has been few and far between.

Described as a gritty, sexy drama with a haunting love story at its heart set against the powerful backdrop of Western Australia’s evocative landscape and a film about people whose hopes and dreams are lost, and the redemptive power of love, the 400+ page Dirt Music novel has been adapted by Brit Jack Thorne (Wonder, the upcoming The Aeronauts and The Sandman), and produced by Wildgaze Films’ Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey (An Education, Their Finest), and Aquarius Films’ Angie Fielder (Lion) and Polly Staniford (Berlin Syndrome).

UK’s Film4 developed the project with Wildgaze Films and are financing along with Screen Australia, the West Australian Regional Film Fund, Screenwest and Ingenious Media. Cornerstone Films will handle the international rights and distribution and will commence sales at the upcoming American Film Market. Focus Features acquired the international rights in Australia and New Zealand where Universal Pictures will distribute. Executive producers are Daniel Battsek, Sue Bruce-Smith and Lauren Dark for Film4 and Peter Touche and Stephen Dailey for Ingenious.

Dirt Music is a classic Australian story set in a fictional small West Australian fishing village, and it’s exciting to have a second Tim Winton film adaptation showcasing this beautiful part of Australia to the rest of the world,” commented Head of Content at Screen Australia, Sally Caplan, in a press release. “I’m sure this talented creative team and cast will do a brilliant job at bringing this popular and iconic Australian story to life.”

Eric Bana and Garrett Hedlund pose for a photo while attending The Quail, A Mothersports Gathering organized by The Peninsula Hotels on Saturday (August 25) in Carmel Valley, Calif.

The guys starred in the 2004 movie Troy, which happened to be Garrett‘s very first professional project.

Also in attendance at the event was Westworld actress Angela Sarafyan.

Throughout the day guests enjoyed a Fireside Chat Series featuring InStyle Magazine’s editor-in-chief, Laura Brownand luxury women’s shoe designer, Tamara Mellon discussing the parallels between fashion and the automotive industry.

“It really felt like at some point, I was gonna have to direct a Lucero video,” laughed Jeff Nichols. The 39-year-old Nichols isn’t a music-video maker by trade — he’s better known as the director of feature films like MudLoving, and Midnight Special — but since his brother Ben is the front man of the acclaimed band Lucero, Nichols knew that a collaboration between the two of them would have to happen someday. “It was inevitable!” he said.

Still, it took a while. Lucero released their ninth album, Among the Ghosts,last month, and while listening to it, Nichols found himself beguiled by the haunting song “Long Way Back Home,” which tells the tale of a mysterious criminal. The short film inspired by that song is below, and Vulture is premiering it exclusively.

“It deals with things I’ve been dealing with in my movies for a long time,” said Nichols. “It’s a story about brothers, and it’s about people of a certain socioeconomic class I’m always drawn to.” And, like the director’s other movies, the video for “Long Way Back Home” stars Michael Shannon.

“I’m very fortunate that Mike Shannon returns 99 percent of my phone calls, but I still get nervous asking him!” admitted Nichols. “I hate asking for favors. It’s one thing when you’re making a movie, but this was a unique request.” Fortunately, he said, Shannon was an easy sell: “I asked, ‘Do you want to be in it?’ And he said, ‘Yeah, can I get some free Lucero tickets?’”

Nichols originally planned to make “Long Way Back Home” as a nonlinear montage of Shannon walking around Memphis, but his plans grew gradually more ambitious: After writing a short screenplay for the video, Nichols corralled actors like Garrett Hedlund, Scoot McNairy, and Paul Sparks to take part, too. “It became less of a cool, random project I was gonna do with my brother and Mike Shannon,” said the director, “and it turned into, ‘Oh no, we’re actually producing a short Jeff Nichols film.’”

Ironically, the story that Nichols spun for this collaboration with his brother pivots on a potential fratricide: When Shannon’s character comes back into town, he’s searching for his brothers Hedlund and McNairy, and he may have something malevolent on his mind. “Is this guy gonna kill his little brothers or not? Maybe he kills them, or maybe he loves them,” mused Nichols. “You’re not sure.”

And if this eight-minute short feels a little bit like a trailer for a feature-length story, Nichols said that’s by design.

“I would be thrilled if the boards fill up with, ‘Wow, I want to see this as a movie,’” said Nichols. “That would be great because, oddly, I really want to know what happens after the last scene! We talked a lot about it on set, and it was kind of hilarious to hear everybody’s conclusion of what happens three seconds after it cuts to black. But I would 100 percent make that movie.”

The 2018 CMT Awards are airing tonight and we have the scoop about everything you need to know before the show stars!

The fan-voted show is set to air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, June 6 at 8 p.m. ET.

Little Big Town is hosting (and the members of the group are also set to perform this evening!)

Just Jared will be live blogging the entire show, so stick with us all evening as we bring you the best coverage of the red carpet and telecast on the web.

Carrie Underwood
Jason Aldean
Backstreet Boys
Kelly Clarkson
Florida Georgia Line
Blake Shelton
Sam Hunt
Luke Bryan with Darius Rucker
Jason Aldean and Charles Kelley
Dierks Bentley with Brothers Osborne
Kelsea Ballerini
Sam Hunt
Chris Stapleton
Little Big Town

Lauren Alaina
Backstreet Boys
Leon Bridges
Luke Combs
Rascal Flatts
Cody Alan
Katie Cook
Kaitlin Doubleday
Lennon and Maisy Stella
iHeartRadio’s Bobby Bones
NHRA drag racer Courtney Force
Garrett Hedlund
Hoda Kotb
Johnny Knoxville
Joel McHale
Chrissy Metz
NHL star P.K. Subban
Olympian Lindsey Vonn

Charlie Hunnam and Oscar Isaac just wrapped filming on their new movie Triple Frontier!

The co-stars were spotted working on the flick on a beach on Tuesday afternoon (May 22) in Oahu, Hawaii.

They were also joined by their cast mates Garrett Hedlund and Pedro Pascal.

The group was seen while filming a car chase segment, which they eventually escaped by hopping on a boat.

At the end of the final scene, the cast and crew were reportedly heard cheering and congratulating each other.

Garrett Hedlund walks along the beach after going for a swim on Tuesday (May 22) in Oahu, Hawaii.

The 33-year-old actor went shirtless while on a break from filming his upcoming movie Triple Frontier.

Garrett was joined by his body double, stunt man Ben Smith-Petersen, for the afternoon in the sun before he had to shoot one of the final scenes for the movie. It was reportedly the last day of filming and the crew celebrated after finishing the last shot!

Charlie Hunnam and Garrett Hedlund stripped off their shirts for their workout!

Charlie, 38, and Garrett, 33, were seen on a jog around Honolulu, Hawaii earlier this week while training for their movie Triple Frontier.

If you missed it, be sure to check out the photos of Charlie and his partner Morgana McNelis having a fun day at the beach.

The film, which also stars Ben AffleckOscar Isaac, and more, will be released on Netflix next year.

Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust And Bone), Garrett Hedlund (Mudbound) and Scoot McNairy (Argo) are lining up for The Sound Of Philadelphia, Jérémie Guez’s crime story set in the violent world of the Philadelphia mob.

Protagonist Pictures has boarded international sales ahead of Cannes. Endeavor Content is representing North America.

French writer-director Guez is plotting the project hot off the heels of his debut feature as a director, the thriller A Bluebird In My Heart, premiering at this year’s SXSW festival in Texas. He is most known as a crime novelist and screenwriter of films including Ares and Carnivores.

Producers are Christine Vachon and David Hinojosa from US outfit Killer Films and Julien Madon and Aimée Buidine from French outfit Cheyenne Films. The project is a France-Belgium-US co-production and will shoot on location in Philadelphia in August 2018.

In the film, eight-year-old Peter Flood helplessly watches on as his baby sister is killed by his neighbour’s reckless driving. Peter’s father, tormented by his daughter’s death, pays a high price when he seeks revenge – the results of which leave lasting generational wounds that cannot be healed. Twenty years later, an adult Peter (Schoenaerts) still wrestles with the guilt he feels over his sister’s death. As he tries to distance himself from the family business, his cousin, Michael (Hedlund), with whom he was raised, grows ever more powerful in the criminal hierarchy. Bonded by blood, neither cousin can outrun the logic of violence as they’re dragged further into a chilling cycle of betrayal and retribution.

“We leapt at the chance to work with the teams at Killer Films and Cheyenne on this super smart and stylish mob thriller. Jérémie Guez is an incredible talent and with such an amazing ensemble of actors in place, we can’t wait to discuss The Sound Of Philadelphia with buyers in Cannes,” commented Protagonist CEO Dave Bishop.

Protagonist’s Cannes slate also features Hope Dickson Leach’s The Cradle starring Jack O’Connell and Lily Collins.

Triple Frontier is released on Netflix!March 13, 2019
20 days to go.
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