Russell Crowe flies out of SA after scouting locations for new Gallipoli blockbuster
- Film Writer Penelope Debelle
- September 06, 2013
HOLLYWOOD star Russell Crowe has left Adelaide on a private jet after spending several days scouting for movie locations in South Australia.
Russell is believed to be bringing his new feature film, war drama, The Water Diviner, to SA, and he was spotted checking out Myponga Beach this morning.
The actor, who will be making his directorial debut in the Gallipoli drama, has also been scouting locations in Sellicks Beach and the state’s north, in Burra.
Russell left Adelaide this afternoon with his small production team, bound for Sydney, where his beloved rugby league side, the Rabbitohs, are playing for the NRL minor premiership this evening.
The film centres on an Australian man who travels to Turkey to discover the fate of his two sons who went missing after Gallipoli.
It is more than 30 years since Mel Gibson shot to stardom in Peter Weir’s Gallipoli, which was filmed in South Australia, particularly on Eyre Peninsula where the coastline near Port Lincoln was transformed into the Gallipoli Peninsula.
In April this year Crowe – who recently played Jor-El, Superman’s father, in Man of Steel – was spotted in Port Lincoln and the Mid-North and spent a night in Port Augusta.
SAFC chief executive officer Richard Harris declined to comment yesterday on the Crowe project but said South Australia was the perfect location for Gallipoli-based stories. It is understood there have been discussions with Crowe’s production team.
With the lead-up to national centenary commemorations of the April 1915 Gallipoli landing beginning next year, a number of Gallipoli projects are in the works.
A major ABC television miniseries, Anzac Girls, is currently being filmed at the Adelaide Studios at Glenside and at locations including Myponga on the Fleurieu Peninsula.
The six-part series, produced for the ABC by Screentime, stars Caroline Craig and Georgia Flood and is based on the war diaries of five nurses who were thrown into the worst of the Gallipoli campaign.
“We have Anzac Girls at Adelaide Studios now and we’re optimistic a few more that we know are considering SA, will also land here in the not too distant future” Mr Harris said.
Crowe has not ruled himself out from starring in his Gallipoli project as the father of the missing soldiers, as well as directing.
He said on Twitter he would be “directing myself, unless I don’t cast me or I am unavailable due to prior commitment; the directing one.”
He has recently been scouting locations in Turkey where half of the film will be shot and is reported to have visited Istanbul, Cappadocia and Erdirne.
With a screenplay written by Andrew Knight and Andrew Anastasios, Crowe’s film will be co-produced by Hopscotch Features and his own Fear of God production company.
Hopscotch Films said yesterday there was no date set for production which was still some time away.