Western Australia for Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls
Western Australia for Culture & Arts Minister John Day
WA Government Commits $1.5 Million Towards Production Of Surf Film ‘Drift’
Victor P Taffa
The State Government today announced $1.5 Million in funding to support ‘Drift’, a feature film set in the 1970’s at the advent of the modern surf industry in Western Australia.
Principal Photography on the film, which stars Sam Worthington (international star of blockbusters ‘Avatar’ and ‘Clash of the Titans’) and Myles Pollard (‘McLeod’s Daughters’, ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’), will start in the South-West this year.
The State Government has allocated $1 Million of Royalties for Regions funding and investment funding of up to $500,000 through ScreenWest’s Production Attraction Fund towards the project.
Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said the film would provide an economic and promotional boost to the South-West.
“‘Drift’ is a unique opportunity to put the international spotlight on Margaret River and the South-West Region.” Mr. Grylls said.
“Sam Worthington, one of the world’s highest profile actors at the moment is on board and the storyline showcases the region’s stunning coastline so we expect the publicity for the project will be strong both locally and internationally.”
“I am proud that Royalties for Regions through the efforts of the South West Development Commission helped secure this film for WA.” Mr. Grylls said.
Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the film would also be a boost to the State’s growing screen industry.
“The high-profile nature of the project and its commercial potential mean that the WA screen industry’s reputation and skills will continue to grow.” Mr. Day said.
“The Crew will consist of many West Australians, and on-set learning opportunities will be provided to emerging WA Filmmakers.” Mr. Day said.
The film also has local support from the shires of Augusta-Margaret River; and Busselton and the Augusta-Margaret River Tourism Association.
‘Drift’ is produced by WA ex-pats Tim Duffy and Myles Pollard of World Wide Mind Films, and Michele Bennett, with a screenplay by Morgan O’Neill, and will be directed by Morgan O’Neill and Ben Nott. The executive producer is Joan Peters.
‘Drift’ is set in 1972 and tells the story of the Fisher brothers as they start a new life in a remote Australian coastal town where they come up against suspicious locals, killer waves and ruthless bikers as they struggle to kick-start a new business based on surfing, their greatest passion.
Screen Australia will also provide funding for ‘Drift’ and has also announced it will help fund another WA Production called ‘Satellite Boy’. ScreenWest is currently assessing this project for Production Funding.