Studiocanal sees bright prospects for Grant Sputore’s ‘I Am Mother’

Hilary Swank in ‘I Am Mother.’

Executives at Studiocanal are so confident that Grant Sputore’s I Am Mother will get a meaningful Us release they plan to launch the sci-fi thriller in Australia after the Us.

Adelaide Film Festival audiences will see a work-in-progress of Sputore’s debut feature, which stars Hilary Swank, newcomer Clara Rugaard, a former Disney Channel star in Denmark, and Rose Byrne, on October 12.

Rugaard plays a lonely teenager who is raised by ‘Mother,’ a kindly robot designed to repopulate the Earth following the extinction of mankind. That bond is threatened when a blood-drenched woman played by Swank turns up, calling into question everything the girl had been told about the outside world.

Byrne will voice the robot, which was designed by Kiwi special effects house Weta Workshop. Sputore described the collaboration with the Weta team led by founder Richard Taylor as a “dream.”

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