Edger­ton’s Wish comes true

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY MOVIES -

OEL Edger­ton has been mates with di­rec­tor Kieran Darcy-smith for more than 15 years, but a mis­com­mu­ni­ca­tion nearly stopped them from work­ing to­gether on Wish You Were Here.

The movie, about an idyl­lic Cam­bo­dian hol­i­day that goes awry, is Darcy-smith’s fea­ture film de­but and the lat­est of­fer­ing from Blue-tongue Films – the film­mak­ers col­lec­tive that he co-founded in 1996 with Joel and Nash Edger­ton and stunt­man Tony Lynch.

Edger­ton says he was al­ways go­ing to be a part of Wish You Were Here be­cause it was made un­der Blue­Tongue Films, but he be­gan to won­der why Dar­cySmith wasn’t ask­ing him to be in it.

‘‘I queried Kieran about who was go­ing to be in the movie and he said ‘‘we haven’t re­ally kind of locked it in’’ and I ba­si­cally said, ‘‘what about me’’,’’ he says.

‘‘I was sort of of­fended he hadn’t thought about me but then he was kind of con­fused ‘cause he thought I just wouldn’t be that in­ter­ested. ‘‘So it was sort of a mis­com­mu­ni­ca­tion.’’ The part Edger­ton was per­fect for, was the role of Dave, a mar­ried fa­ther of two, who trav­els with his wife Alice (Felic­ity Price) to Cam­bo­dia along with her lit­tle sis­ter Steph (Teresa Palmer) and Steph’s new boyfriend Jeremy (Antony Starr).

But only three re­turn home – and as they search for an­swers about Jeremy’s dis­ap­pear­ance on that care­free hol­i­day, the guilt, se­crets and truth be­gin to emerge.

Darcy-smith says when Edger­ton asked him about the part, ‘‘I ba­si­cally fell off my chair’’.

He had just as­sumed Edger­ton wouldn’t want to be in the film, be­cause he was field­ing big of­fers from Amer­ica.

‘‘I’m not good with re­jec­tion for a start and I didn’t want to put my­self or mostly him, in a po­si­tion of hav­ing to go, ‘sorry’,’’ Darcy-smith says.

‘‘And I did say this to Joel at the time – I wasn’t sure how he’d feel about work­ing with Felic­ity (Price), my wife.’’

Price was ac­tu­ally the one who came up with the idea for Wish You Were Here, which is based on a story she heard from friends of friends.

At the time Darcy-smith was hunt­ing around for a low-bud­get film to be­come his first fea­ture.

When Price showed him her treat­ment – a type of first draft – for Wish You Were Here, it seemed like the per­fect fit.

Dur­ing re­cent in­ter­views for the film in Syd­ney, it’s clear the cast is a tight-knit group. They trav­elled to the US to­gether ear­lier this year, where Wish You Were Here opened the Sun­dance Film Fes­ti­val to great suc­cess. ‘‘I was very ner­vous,’’ Darcy-smith says. ‘‘It was quite an ex­cru­ci­at­ing screen­ing for me, that first time.’’

But once the rave re­views started flow­ing in from en­ter­tain­ment sites such as Va­ri­ety and Hol­ly­wood Re­porter, they re­laxed.

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