Great Southern to set the scene for Winton film adaptation

Michael TraillAlbany Advertiser
Tim Winton in Albany.
Camera IconTim Winton in Albany. Credit: Ian Munro/WA News, The West Australian.

The Great Southern looks set to be the filming location for the silver screen adaption of Tim Winton’s, pictured, best-selling book Blueback.

Screen Australia announced on Wednesday the 1998 novel had received funding to be adopted into a feature film.

It is understood coastal locations in the Great Southern — possibly near Bremer Bay — are likely to get the nod for filming.

The family film will be produced by Arenamedia and directed by Robert Connolly as a follow-up to his award-winning box-office hit Paper Planes.

Blueback depicts the tough life of Able Jackson at Longboat Bay, whose boyhood belongs to a “vanishing world”, but is changed by befriending an old groper he meets while diving.

The State Government, through Screenwest and Lotterywest, has also made financial commitments to the feature film’s production.

Minister for Culture and the Arts David Templeman said the film would be a boon for the region.

“I’m delighted an adaptation of Blueback, by iconic WA author Tim Winton, will be filmed in the Great Southern region,” he said.

“WA provides a spectacular backdrop for film and TV, and showcases our unique people, stories and environment to the rest of Australia and the world.

“Over the last two years, WA has seen a high level of film and TV production in the State.

“This activity brings a fantastic boost to the local economy, through job and tourism opportunities in the area.”

Last year, another adaptation of a Tim Winton novel was brought to screen in the Great Southern.

Filmed in Denmark in 2016, Breath was director by Australian actor Simon Baker, known internationally for his lead-role in hit US television series The Mentalist.

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