ABC serves up baker’s tale of wartime drama

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MONDAY EXTRA -

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.

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