STARSTRUCK TOWN

Hol­ly­wood hits Mt Barker as film­ing be­gins on the movie Rams.

Albany Extra - - Front Page - Shan­non Smith

Star spot­ting has be­gun in the Great South­ern re­gion as film­ing has kicked off in Mount Barker for the Aussie adap­ta­tion of Ice­landic film Rams.

Renowned Aus­tralian ac­tors Sam Neill, Michael Caton and Asher Ked­die are some of the big names to be front and cen­tre in the fresh English-lan­guage ver­sion of the award­win­ning orig­i­nal.

Direc­tor Jeremy Sims said he was ex­cited to have the chance to take the el­e­gant and pow­er­ful tale and set it in the place he spent his sum­mers grow­ing up.

“Re­gional WA is a vast and com­plex place, and the Great South­ern has such a unique flavour that au­di­ences de­serve to see it on the big screen,” he said.

“It is, of course, a priv­i­lege to work again with Michael Caton, and Sam Neill is one of my favourite ac­tors and a leg­end of world cinema.

I can’t wait to bringthem to­gether and see what hap­pens.”

The tale fol­lows two es­tranged brothers on ad­join­ing sheep farms who haven’t spo­ken to each other in four decades.

A rare dis­ease threat­ens their live­stock and the brothers must find a way to work to­gether. Pro­duced by pro­duc­tion com­pany WMBC, Rams has been adapted by West Aus­tralian screen­writer Jules Dun­can.

Pic­ture: Mer­lyn Moon

Michael Caton and Sam Neill star in Rams.

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