Production begins on ‘Dirt Music’ soon to be filmed in Esperance

Actors David Wenham and Aaron Pedersen join the cast of 'Dirt Music'. Photo: Supplied.
Actors David Wenham and Aaron Pedersen join the cast of 'Dirt Music'. Photo: Supplied.

Production has officially begun on Gregor Jordan’s ‘Dirt Music’, based on the award-winning novel by Tim Winton, with Cornerstone Films announcing that filming would soon commence in Esperance.

Filming will begin on Bardi Jawi country in the Kimberley before continuing in Noongar country in both Perth and Esperance.

According to Cornerstone Films, the film is about people whose hopes and dreams are lost and the redemptive power of love with the state’s landscape as it’s background.

The film is set to be produced by two-time Academy Award nominees and BAFTA Award winners Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey as well as Academy Award nominee Angie Fielder and Aquarius Films’ Polly Staniford.

An impressive cast has also been announced, with Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominee Kelly Macdonald and Garrett Hedlund being joined by acclaimed actor David Wenham and Australia’s own Julia Stone of Angus & Julia Stone, Aaron Pedersen, Chris Haywood, George Mason and Dan Wyllie.

Screenwest Interim chief executive officer Peter Rowe said it was an exciting time for production in WA, showcasing the landscapes like never before.

“From Esperance's stunning white beaches in the south to Cape Leveque's red rocks in our north, WA's diverse landscapes will be showcased on screen like never before,” he said.

“This is such an exciting time for production in WA and Screenwest is committed to supporting creative storytelling that showcases our beautiful State and the stunning WA locations hand-picked for this film compliment Winton’s novel as a love song to the land and place of his home state.”

Cornerstone Films co-presidents Alison Thompson and Mark Gooder said they were proud to be a part of the adventure and Screen Australia’s Head of production Sally Caplan said she was confident the team would do a brilliant job in bringing the story to life.

“Dirt Music is a classic Australian story set in a fictional small West Australian fishing village, and it’s exciting to have a second Tim Winton film adaptation showcasing this beautiful part of Australia to the rest of the world,” Ms Caplan said.

“I’m sure this talented creative team and cast will do a brilliant job at bringing this popular and iconic Australian story to life.”

Film4 developed the project in collaboration with Wildgaze Films and are financing the film along with Screen Australia, the West Australian Regional Film Fund, Screenwest and Ingenious Media.