Cate Blanchett to Direct Australian TV Drama 'Stateless'

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The project is the Oscar-winning actress' second foray into directing after a segment in 'The Turning.'

Cate Blanchett is making her first foray into high-end TV to direct Australian psychological drama Stateless.

Stateless is based on the true story of Cornelia Rau, a German Australian woman who in 2004 escaped a frightening cult only to be trapped in a labyrinth of psychiatric and legal systems, landing her in Australia’s notorious Baxter Immigration Detention Center.

NBCUniversal’s Australian shingle Matchbox Pictures is producing. Blanchett will direct from a screenplay written by Elise McCredie.

National agency Screen Australia is providing development funding for the project. It is unclear whether Blanchett will also star.

Blanchett previously directed one part of Robert Connolly’s omnibus feature The Turning. She will next be seen in lesbian drama Carol (co-starring with Rooney Mara), which had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.

Blanchett’s Stateless is one of 23 film and TV projects that Screen Australia announced will receive development funding totaling $472,000 (AUS$640,000). Other projects being funded include works from Bryan Brown and Rachel Ward, Richard Roxburgh and Stephan Elliott.

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