Edgerton’s Wish comes true
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.
is screening now.
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