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Movies > Love and Friendship (2015) > Behind The Scenes
The producer behind AFI-nominated war drama Beneath Hill 60 is exploring the events surrounding the conception of one of Banjo Paterson’s most iconic songs. Waltzing Matilda will be a western-romance featuring Xavier Samuel in the lead role as Banjo Paterson. Morgan O’Neill will direct.
“I saw what Morgan did with The Factory, how he directed John Cusack, and the way he also directed Sam Worthington in Drift and I asked if he would be interested in making Waltzing Matilda as a Western,” says producer Bill Leimbach. “He loved the idea and I know he’ll create a fantastic genre piece.”
Leimbach previously made a documentary on the Banjo Paterson ballad in 1995, entitled Waltzing Matilda: The Song That Shaped a Nation, which explored the origin of the famous prose and the subsequent relationship between Paterson and twin love interests Sarah and Christina Macpherson. The upcoming $10 million feature film will follow this menage a trois love story.
“It was this one little element about this love affair between them that always stuck with me,” says the producer. “Also, Queensland was under military rule and there was a real battle going on. It lends itself to the western genre, so we’re creating an action packed western love story that honours the heritage.”
Paterson’s legendary anthem was inspired by a worker’s strike that turned violent and resulted in the destruction of a woolshed at a station called Dagworth in Winton, which killed dozens of sheep. The owners of the homestead, the Macphersons, together with the police, went after a German man named Samuel Hoffmeister. Instead of facing capture, Hoffmeister took his own life at the Combo Waterhole.
Bob Macpherson is said to have told the story to Paterson when they went riding together in Dagworth and passed the waterhole. The song derived from Macpherson’s sister Christina, who replayed a tune she’d heard by a military band at the Warrnambool races on her zither. Paterson put the words to the tune, inspired by the story he’d heard and called it ‘Waltzing Matilda’.
“We didn’t want to do a biopic because that’s very predictable and not very exciting – we want it to be a story based on those events,” says Leimbach. “There’s so much unknown. We know he went up there, we know the song was first sung at his hotel and that those women were around, but we obviously don’t know what went on behind closed doors. We’re taking a big leap, but I think it’s going to be exciting and we’re proud of what we’ve got.”
True to the location of the events, filming will take place in Winton, Western Queensland, the same rural town that also served memorable locales and action sequences for John Hillcoat’s western The Proposition and more recently Ivan Sen’s crime drama Mystery Road.
“That’s where the song was born so we’re honouring that, but we’re also looking at a couple of homesteads in Townsville, which is where we made Beneath Hill 60. It all depends on the regional support we obtain.”
Production on Waltzing Matilda is anticipated to commence later this year.
Hi guys, I’ve upload the first still from ‘Frankenstein’, which will have its world premiere in April at The Brussels International Fantasy Film Festival, among a new synopsis.
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This latest adaptation of Mary Shelley’s immortal classic is set in present day Los Angeles and is told entirely from the perspective of the Monster, who’s called Adam. After he is artificially created with a revolutionary 3D printer by Elizabeth and Victor Frankenstein, a husband-and-wife team of eccentric scientists, Adam is left for dead by his creators. He is confronted with nothing but aggression and violence from the world around him. This perfect creation-turned disfigured monster must come to grips with the horrific nature of humanity.
Bernard Rose, the director of Paperhouse (Golden Raven BIFFF 1990) and Candyman (BIFFF 1993) returns to Brussels with a truly original version of the famous horror tale that is an existential roller coaster that is both emotional and terrifying. While older versions of Frankenstein have focused on reanimating the dead, this movie explores creating life from nothing, just as Mary Shelley originally imagined. Bernard Rose’s Frankenstein can count on a terrific cast, led by Xavier Samuel (Adore, Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Fury) as Adam and with Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix Trilogy) and Danny Huston (American Horror Story: Coven, Big Eyes) as Elizabeth and Victor Frankenstein, and Tony Todd (Candyman) as their assistant Eddie. Special effects are courtesy of Randy Westgate (X-Men Origins: Wolverine).
Hello guys, thanks to brittrobertsonnews I’ve upload a new pic of Xavier on the set of “Cook” with Britt Robertson and Susan McMartin.
Movies > Cook (2015) > Behind the Scenes
I’ve added four pictures from an ‘Australian in Film’ drinks reception at the LA films school last year.
Appearances > 2014> ‘Australians in Film’ gathering in LA – November 6
Hello guys, Xavier was photographed today arriving/outside on set for the filming of ‘Love and Friendship’ in Dublin. Xavier’s character is Reginald.
Candids > 2015 > Filming ‘Love and Friendship’ in Dublin – February 13
Delanda: So, um, 3 years… It’s been a long journey, thank you so much to everyone who’s been here since day one and to the new ones. We’re over 125k visits and I never imagined this, thank you again, you rock. Expect a new look on the site soon. Well this is it, thank you for your support to us and Xavier :)
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It’s finally here! Check out Xavier’s interview + stunning photoshoot for Hero Magazine 12: Darkness Falls.
Xavier Samuel is refreshingly easy with his words, given his one to watch status amongst Hollywood’s finest young actors, each of his answers seems a step closer to letting his inner dialogue fully slip. Hailing from Australia you might say there’s some truth in the laid-back stereotype, but career-wise he seems to have done everything to avoid this. Despite his made for Tinseltown looks there’s been no quick succession of samey heartthrob roles, avoiding typecasting in favour of the “unchartered territory” he finds most thrilling. And flipping the biggest Aussie in Hollywood stereotype on its head, whilst Samuel didn’t begin his career on the small screen, it could well be somewhere he’s headed. Just not for a small town soap opera.
Vincent Levy: Hi Xavier, how’s your week been?
Xavier Samuel: Pretty good, it’s nice to be back in LA.
VL: Are you managing to have any kind of summer holiday?
XS: Not really, I’m kind of always working away. I haven’t seen a winter in a while though, as I usually go back to Australia towards the end of each year, and it’s summer there.
Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny will reunite with their “Last Days of Disco” director Whit Stillmanfor period drama “Love and Friendship,” based on Stillman’s adaptation of the Jane Austen novella “Lady Susan.”
Protagonist will launch international sales at the Berlin Film Festival.
In the film set in the 1790s, Beckinsale will portray the widow Lady Susan Vernon, who has come to the estate of her in-laws to wait out the rumors about her dalliances that are circulating through polite society. She decides to secure a husband for herself and her rather reluctant debutante daughter.
The cast includes Xavier Samuel as the object of Lady Susan’s affections, and Stephen Fry, who’ll play the long-suffering husband to Lady Susan’s friend and confidante portrayed by Sevigny. Filming begins in Ireland this month.
The film is being produced by Stillman, Katie Holly and Lauranne Bourrachot, and co-produced by Raymond van der Kaaij. Production companies are Westerly Films in association with Blinder Films, Chic Films, Revolver Films, Irish Film Board, Arte and the Netherlands Film Fund.
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