'Tender' moment for Weaving, Byrne


SYDNEY -- Hugo Weaving and Rose Byrne have signed on to Australian feature "The Tender Hook," which starts shooting next week in Melbourne, production shingle Mandala Films said Tuesday.

Billed as a contemporary film noir set in Sydney in the 1920's, the production will be helmed by writer-director Jonathan Ogilvie.

The story centers around Byrne's character and her involvement in a love triangle that includes her English lover, played by Weaving, and a young boxer played by Matt Le Nevez.

The film is being produced by Michelle Harrison and John Brousek of Mandala Films, who previously collaborated on the 2000 comedy hit "The Wog Boy."

Financed by the Film Finance Corporation Australia and U.K.-based Parkland Pictures with support from Film Victoria, "Tender Hook" is scheduled for release in 2008. Parkland will handle International sales, with Dendy Films distributing in Australasia.