Over two decades after he launched himself into Hollywood in spectacular fashion as a flamboyant drag queen on an unforgettable road trip across Australia, Guy Pearce is linking up once more with his Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert director and writer Stephan Elliott for a new comedy.
Flammable Children, also set to star Radha Mitchell (Silent Hill, Man on Fire, Finding Neverland, Olympus Has Fallen), is set on the sunny beaches of mid-1970s Australia. Three unique families see their lives turned upside down by the period’s sexual revolution, alongside the body of a 200-ton whale, in a story described as “recreating that era in all of its glorious kitsch, over-the-top fashion, and crazy sexual confusion.”
The film, produced by Al Clark (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Red Hill) and Jamie Hilton (The Waiting City, Backtrack), reunites several of Elliott’s collaborators on Priscilla, including producer Clark, Oscar-nominated production designer Colin Gibson (Mad Max: Fury Road), costume designer Oscar winner Lizzy Gardiner (Mission Impossible 2), BAFTA-nominated score composer Guy Gross (Knowing) and Emmy Award-nominated film editor Sue Blainey (Lost).
“This is the film of the period that defined me. Wonderfully wrong, completely endearing and unintentionally hilarious,” said Elliott.
WestEnd, which also has Panorama title Shepherds and Butchers and Rooney Mara-starring Una in Berlin, is introducing Flammable Children to buyers at the European Film Market.
The film, in pre-production, is shooting in the fall, with additional castmembers set to be announced soon.