Bruce Beresford takes on 'Zebras'

Will shoot Australia-Canada co-production

TORONTO -- Australian director Bruce Beresford is on board to shoot the Canadian-Australian co-production "Zebras" early next year in South Africa.

The Apartheid-era true story about an inspirational coach who leads the country's first multiracial soccer team comes from Sydney-based indie producer McElroy and McElroy and Halifax-based DHX Media.

Australian playwright David Williamson ("The Year of Living Dangerously," "Gallipoli") penned the script for a project long developed by Australian co-producers Marta and James McElroy ("The Year of Living Dangerously").

Chris Noonan ("Miss Potter," "Babe") was formerly attached to direct "Zebras." Now Beresford will lead a nine-week shoot in March, seven weeks in South Africa and another two in Australia. No word on casting.

Michael Donovan ("Shake Hands With the Devil") and Floyd Kane will share the producer credits for DHX Media. Beresford will debut his latest film, "Mao's Last Dancer," in Toronto on Sunday. Also that day, David Williamson will see his latest film, "Balibo," a story of five Australian journalists who witness the 1975 East Timor conflict that he co-wrote with director Robert Connolly, also screen in Toronto.