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WME Signs Hot Sundance Director of 'Wish You Were Here' (Exclusive)

Kieran Darcy Smith, who helmed the opening night film, is a founding member of Australia's Blue Tongue Films.

Kieran Darcy Smith Headshot - P 2012
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Kieran Darcy Smith

Kieran Darcy Smith, the director of Sundance Film Festival opening night film Wish You Were Here, has signed with WME.

Kieran hails from Australia and is a founding member of Blue Tongue Films, the production banner also run by Joel Edgerton, Nash Edgerton and David Michod, among several others. Blue Tongue was behind the hit 2010 Aussie movie Animal Kingdom.

Smith’s signing was made in a competitive environment; CAA, which already reps actor Joel Edgerton, and UTA, which reps scribe Michod, were among those chasing Smith.

Wish You Were Here, which was picked up for distribution in North America by E One, stars Edgerton and Teresa Palmer in a thriller following two couples vacationing in Cambodia, but only three members return home.

Smith is working on his follow-up, Memorial Day, being produced by Ted Hope and Angie Fielder. The story is set in 80s Florida and involves bikers and drug dealers.

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