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We are gradually moving closer toward seeing The Water Diviner – a war drama that is the highly anticipated narrative feature directorial debut of Academy Award winner, Russell Crowe. Having been packaged for sale at this year’s Cannes Film Festival by Wme Global, The Weinstein Company have apparently offered $4 million and a wide release for the film, on the basis of 12 minutes of footage presented by Crowe himself.
The film, written by Andrew Knight (Rake) with first timer Andrew Anastasios, follows a grieving father who travels to Turkey in search of his three sons – all missing in action after the devastating Battle Of Gallipoli in World War I. The battle, which took place between April 1915 and January 1916, followed attempts by Allied Forces to secure the Dardanelles – a strait that constituted a sea route to the Russian Empire. It was the first campaign of World War I to cause major casualties »
- Sarah Myles
Russell Crowe debuted 12 minutes of his directorial bow, “The Water Diviner,” a movie he also stars in, to a packed room of international buyers on Thursday night at the Majestic Hotel here in Cannes.
In an exclusive interview with Variety before the event, Crowe said he had been seriously considering his role behind the camera for more than a decade as he starred in big studio films like “American Gangster” and “Robin Hood.” It was a job that the Academy Award-winning actor found to be a good fit.
“The thing is, the whole process for me is very easy,” said Crowe. “I find it a little strange to talk about it because people want to hear how difficult it was. But it was not.”
Crowe believes one reason he made a seamless transition from acting to directing is that “I speak this language. I’ve worked with some of the great cinematic artists — Ridley Scott, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Glendyn Ivin is a huge fan of Peter Weir.s Gallipoli but he has resisted the temptation to revisit Weir.s seminal 1981 movie since he was hired to direct the Nine Network miniseries Gallipoli. .I love that film; it.s one of the reasons I became a filmmaker,. Ivin told If on Monday during a recce for the eight-hour production which starts shooting in and near Melbourne on March 17. .But I have avoided watching it again because we are doing a very different story..
In keeping with this fresh take on the saga of the young Aussies who fought in the legendary WW1 campaign, Ivin said he and his DoP Germain McMicking will shoot the film in a style which is far from a traditional drama.
- Don Groves
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