It’s been a long time between drinks for Aussie director Gregor Jordan, and that thirst has finally been quenched as his latest film, an adaptation of Tim Winton’s Dirt Music, starts filming this week on Bardi Jawi country in the Kimberley, Western Australia. Jordan’s last film was the 2010 effort Unthinkable, with his last Australian made film being a good fifteen years ago with Ned Kelly.
Dirt Music is the story of an affair that takes place in the outback between a young woman, Georgie, played by the always great Kelly Macdonald, and an outcast from the local community, Lu, played by Garrett Hedlund. BAFTA Award winning writer Jack Thorne adapts Tim Winton’s novel for the screen.
Joining Kelly Macdonald and Garrett Hedlund is a veritable who’s who of Australian cinema, with David Wenham, Aaron Pedersen, Chris Haywood, George Mason, and Dan Wyllie filling out the cast. Singer-songwriter Julia Stone (one half of award winning duo Angus & Julia Stone) will provide the musical backbone for the film, while also making her acting debut as Sal.
Given the path that Dirt Music has taken to get on the big screen (at one stage it was likely that Russell Crowe and Philip Noyce would join up to make the film), it’s fantastic to see that this great story is finally making its way to the screen. It’s been a great period for West Australian made entertainment, with Tim Winton’s book Breath being made in the South West, and the remake of Rams lensing with Sam Neill and Michael Caton.
Filming will take place in the Kimberley, before moving to Noongar country in Perth and Esperance. Dirt Music is made with the assistance of Screenwest, with the Interim CEO Peter Rowe having this to say about the production:
This is such an exciting time for production in WA and Screenwest is committed to supporting creative storytelling that showcases our beautiful State and the stunning WA locations hand-picked for this film compliment Winton’s novel as a love song to the land and place of his home state. From Esperance’s stunning white beaches in the south to Cape Leveque’s red rocks in our north, WA’s diverse landscapes will be showcased on screen like never before.
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