AFM 2012: Rose Byrne, Hugo Weaving and Miranda Otto Join 'The Turning'

Rose Byrne Headshot - P 2012
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Rose Byrne Headshot - P 2012

Seventeen Australian directors will helm segments of the omnibus feature based on stories by author Tim Winton.

SANTA MONICA -- Rose Byrne (X-Men: First Class, Bridesmaids), Hugo Weaving (Cloud Atlas, The Matrix) and Lord of the Rings actress Miranda Otto have joined the sprawling cast of Australian omnibus feature The Turning.

The project is a collection of 17 stories spanning 30 years, all based on short stories by Australian writer Tim Winton. Aussie actors Cate Blanchett, Mia Wasikowska and David Wenham will mark their directorial debuts on the project, each helming a separate segment.

Other directors attached to the project include Benedict AndrewsJonathan auf der HeideTony AyresClaire McCarthy and Stephen Page.

Other cast members includes Callan Mulvey, Susie Porter and Harrison Gilbertson.

LevelK is handling international sales and pitching the project to buyers at AFM.

All of the stories in The Turning revolve around turning points in the lives of the people of the Australian coastal town of Angelus. While the segments are separate, there are plot and thematic links between them.

Robert Connolly, whose last work was the Julian Assange biopic Underground, is producing The Turning for Arenamedia Australia with backing from Screen Australia. Footprint Films/Madman Entertainment will bow the film in Australia next year.

The Turning is the second major omnibus feature to be greenlit in Australia this year, after John Polson recently announced he had tapped actors Anthony La Paglia, Toni Colette and Liev Schreiber among the 10 directors to make Sydney Unplugged.