ABC serves up baker’s tale of wartime drama
Sapphires producer Kylie du Fresne is creating another surprising, untold story of Australians at war for the ABC. Du Fresne coproduces the telemovie An Accidental Soldier with Sue Taylor ( The Tree). It begins filming in Perth on Monday. Rachel Ward ( Beautiful Kate) directs an international cast which includes French actress Marie Brunel (pictured), who is best known to Australian audiences for her performances in The Chorus and the final films of Claude Chabrol, Bellamy and The Girl Cut in Two. She has also played leading roles in many other major television series, mini-series and telemovies in France. She is joined by Dan Spielman ( Offspring), Ward’s husband Bryan Brown ( Breaker Morant) and Julia Zemiro ( Conspiracy 365). An Accidental Soldier is based on the book Silent Parts by John Charalambous and research into the stories of Australian soldiers in Normandy during Word War I. It follows the wartime story of a baker in the ANZAC service corps who makes an extraordinary decision and finds an unexpected love. Writer Blake Ayshford ( The Straits, Crownies) has crafted an emotional and unusual story of love and war. ‘‘A moving and ultimately uplifting story of love that crosses language and cultures in a time of catastrophe, An Accidental Soldier tells a very different story about wartime courage and humanity,’’ ABC head of fiction Carole Sklan says.