Tuesday, January 11, 2011

On the beach

Teresa Palmer & Joel Edgerton star in Say Nothing
An independent Australian movie is currently being filmed on the beaches and around the seaside town of Sihanoukville as I type. Say Nothing is a psychological mystery drama about four friends who enjoy a carefree holiday in Cambodia until one of them disappears. Two of Australia's new breed of upcoming actors trying to make it big in Hollywood, head the all-Australian cast with Joel Edgerton and Teresa Palmer shooting scenes both in Phnom Penh and now on the south coast. Edgerton, who had supporting roles in King Arthur, Ned Kelly and two of the Star Wars sequels, also starred in Animal Kingdom, the remake of The Thing and Warrior, whilst Palmer made her name in The Sorcerer's Apprentice and I Am Number Four. Production and shooting began in Sydney, Australia in December before the crew and actors arrived in Cambodia about a week ago. Writer and director Kieran Darcy-Smith admits he has a love affair with the region having written his first script while travelling there after leaving drama school in 1996. "The places we're shooting are pretty crazy, the badlands," he says of his filming locations in Cambodia. "It's really important to me that it's a credible world and a credible story and shooting Cambodia in Sydney just wasn't going to cut it." The finished film should be out at the end of this year.

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