Cate Blanchett’s Dirty Films and Scarlett Pictures team up to co-produce The new boy with Blanchett attached to star and Warwick Thornton writing and directing. Deborah Mailman and Wayne Blair join Blanchett on the set, which is set to begin filming in October in South Australia.
Roadshow Films will distribute for Australia and New Zealand, CAA Media Finance and UTA will handle sales for North America, and The Veterans is on board to handle sales for the rest of the world. Blanchett, Andrew Upton and Georgie Pym will produce for Dirty Films, and Kath Shelper will produce for Scarlett Pictures.
“What a joy to finally collaborate with Warwick – a filmmaker whose warmth, wit and humanity we’ve admired for so long,” said Blanchett. “We look forward to being on the ground with him and the wonderful Kath Helper to make this surprising story come true.”
Set in 1940s Australia, the film depicts the compelling story of an orphaned 9-year-old Aboriginal boy who arrives in the dead of night at a remote monastery run by a renegade nun (Blanchett). The presence of the new boy disrupts the delicately balanced world in this story of spiritual struggle and the cost of survival.
“The idea of this little boy’s story has been wavering in my imagination for a long time,” Thornton said. “Kath and I are beyond excited to work with Cate and the Dirty Films crowd to bring it to the big screen, where it belongs.”
Thornton is best known for sweet countryfor which he won the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival and the Platform Award at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2017. Thornton also directed Samson and Delilahfor which he won the Camera d’Or at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. Both films won the AACTA Best Picture Award from the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts.
Blanchett and Dirty Films are represented at CAA. Thornton is represented by UTA and attorney Darren Trattner. Mailman is represented at Sue Barnett and Associates. Blair is represented at Independent Talent Group, UTA and Shanahan Management.