Ewan McGregor to star in WA feature, ‘Son of a Gun’
16 October 2012International star Ewan McGregor has agreed to play a role in the highly anticipated crime thriller Son of a Gun, slated to be shot in WA in early 2013. First-time feature director and WA expat, Julius Avery will team up with Australian producer, Timothy White for the film which has received funding support through the ScreenWest Drama Production Investment Fund.
A tautly paced heist thriller, Son of a Gun tells the story of young man's apprenticeship to public enemy number one to be played by Ewan McGregor.
In 2008, Julius received acclaim for his short film, Jerrycan which won the Jury Prize at Cannes and the Australian Film Institute (AFI) award for Best Short Film.
"I'm thrilled and excited to be returning back to my home state to shoot my first feature film and I'm really proud to working with the local people and shooting in my own back yard", says Julius.
Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said there was a lot of buzz around the WA film and television industry.
"The drama industry in Western Australia is booming with Tim Winton's The Turning, An Accidental Soldier and These Final Hours all filming in 2012," he said.
"This latest news that the star of Star Wars, Trainspotting and Moulin Rouge Ewan McGregor will star in a locally-made film further shows that the WA film industry is making its international mark following on from the success of Red Dog and the anticipation surrounding Drift, starring Sam Worthington.
"The high-profile nature of the project and its commercial potential mean that the WA screen industry will continue to grow."
Son of a Gun is proudly supported by ScreenWest and Lotterywest.