An interview with lovely photos from The Water Diviner set at The Advertiser
The Oscar-winning actor told The Advertiser today he was enjoying his time in the Mid-North, where he has spent the past week directing The Water Diviner .
“I love South Australia. I’ve been coming here for quite a few years now,” he said.
“The people are great, the locations amazing and filming is going really well.”
Crowe said it was the moving narrative that attracted him to the film, in which he plays a father who loses his three sons in the World War One battle of Gallipoli.
“The Water Diviner is about the aftermath of war, it follows the story of a guy called Joshua Connor who has three robust, loving sons and as was expected of them at the time, they all join up (to fight),” Crowe said.
“Three of them are shot on the same day in Gallipoli. It sets off a series of other negative events in his life, he ends up going to Turkey to try and retrieve the bodies of his three sons.
“It’s intrinsically and iconically Australian, it’s a wonderful story from that perspective.”
Crowe said he was managing to juggle his acting and directing duties well.
“I’ve had lots of roles come my way in terms of people wanting me to direct, probably for 10 or 15 years but not as challenging as this one,” he said.
“It’s a natural thing for me (to choose this project), in terms of the narrative. In all my choices, there’s a common denominator with my films, there’s always a good story behind them.”
Crowe said he planned to be in SA for five weeks.
“Then we’re shooting in Turkey, in Istanbul, then down to the southern coast of Turkey,” he said.
“The narrative is actually set in north-western Victoria, but around here you find a lot of similar colours and closer infrastructure.”
Update – another Burra article at Border Chronicle which calls the visit and the spending by Crowe and crew a “godsend” for the local economy. Excerpt:
Royal Exchange Hotel owner Jim Crawford said Crowe came to Burra scouting for a location in September and November and chose his hotel for as the crew’s watering hole.
“There would have been 100 to 120 people through at any one time,” he said.
“It’s been fantastic for business and at this time of year, believe me, it’s a godsend.”
“If you didn’t know who he was you would put him as just one of the others, he is a good fella, he really is.”
Crowe and the crew are due to leave Burra at the weekend.
Adelaide Now has a report with several photos. Excerpt:
Terry Bevan said he had seen Crowe several times since he first visited the town scouting for film locations in September.
“He’s a terrific guy, very down to Earth and understanding,” he said.
“He’s just what I’d call a good bloke.”
Mr Bevan, who works as a sports writer for the Northern Argus newspaper, said he had attended Saturday night’s party at The Royal Exchange Hotel and smoked a Cuban cigar with a Turkish actor.
On September 4, Crowe tweeted “World’s End, South Australia. Usually orange, brown and red. Having a chat with Terry. “Best season 4 15 yrs” accompanied by a photo of the then-green landscape.
“I couldn’t believe he tweeted a conversation with me,” Mr Bevan said.
It is believed Crowe is staying in a private residence.
While World’s End has been the spot where much of the filming has occurred, including scenes on Saturday with Crowe riding a horse and Australian actress Jacqueline McKenzie, the Unicorn Brewery Cellars was another Burra location rumoured to be scheduled for filming.