27 October 2013 2:00 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Us screenwriter Ellen Fontana knew almost instantly when she first met Emma Booth two weeks ago that the actress is an inspired choice to play one of the main protagonists in the film Shallows.

Booth will play the fiercely independent Queenie in the drama based on the Tim Winton novel which looks at successive generations of a whaling family in Albany, Western Australia, starting in the 1830s.

Queenie gets caught up in the Greenpeace movement which arrived in town in the 1970s, sparking protests which led to the closure of the whaling station.

Fontana is adapting the screenplay, her second involvement with Winton after co-writing with him Cloudstreet,. the miniseries directed by Matt Saville.

.Emma has so many of the qualities, everything I had intuited about Queenie,. Ellen told If on the line from her home in Los Angeles. .She hides nothing; she is a completely authentic person. She.s »

- Don Groves

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