Startup Australian Production Banner Morrissey Molloy Unveils Slate

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Alex Russell is attched to star in "Wake Up Dead."

The company, founded by Mark Morrissey and John Molloy, will first produce "Boys in the Trees" and "Wake Up Dead" from two first-time directors.

SYDNEY -- Just days after announcing the expansion and rebranding of his talent agency, manager Mark Morrissey has established Morrissey Molloy, a new production entity with producer John Molloy. The company will produce two features from first-time filmmakers in collaboration with established producer Garry Charny and Mushroom Pictures chief Michael Gudinski.

The projects include Boys in the Trees, jointly developed by Morrissey Molloy Entertainment and Mushroom Pictures, and Wake Up Dead from Charny's Spotted Turquoise Films.

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Boys in the Trees is the story of Corey, a teen skater who is unable to communicate with his widowed father. On Halloween night in 1997, he embarks on a surreal journey through memories, dreams and fears. It's the debut feature from short-film director Nicholas Verso. Verso's script for the movie won the NewDraft Screenplay at NewFest in New York in 2011.

Charny will join Boys in the Trees as a producer working with Molloy, as well as maximizing international sales and financing opportunities for the project. Morrissey and Gudinski are executive producers.

At the same time, Molloy, Morrissey and Gudinski will work with Charny on the features he's been developing through his Spotted Turquoise shingle, the contemporary film noir project Wake Up Dead.  

Charny has been working with first-time writer-director Joel Kohn and Josh Butt of Screen Invaders on the project, which has Alex Russell (Unforgiven, Carrie, Chronicle) attached. Production is slated for later in 2014. John Sloss' Cinetic Media is its U.S. partner and representative.

Charny, who produced Ray Lawrence's Jindabyne in his former role as head of April Films, launched Spotted Turquoise last year after co-founding Boost Media, an international media and sales revenue generating consultancy.