Vicky Roach, The Daily Telegraph, reports
Cate Blanchett is making her debut as a film director in a screen adaptation of Tim Winton's haunting short story collection The Turning.
Alice in Wonderland’s Mia Wasikowska and David Wenham will also direct segments of the ``omnibus'' film to be produced by Robert Connolly (The Slap, Balibo).
Amongst the other directors who will contribute to the ambitious project are Snowtown's Justin Kurzel, theatre director-of-the-moment Benedict Andrews and choreographer Stephen Page.
"Winton's iconic Australian short stories will come to life, showcasing acclaimed Australian talent as well as emerging directors, writers and producers,' said Screen Australia's Chief Executive Ruth Harley, announcing the project in the latest round of funding investments.
A film adaptation of Robyn Davidson's book Tracks, directed by John Curran (Praise, The Painted Veil) and produced by Emile Sherman and Iain Canning (the Oscar-winning team behind The King's Speech) was also given the green light by the film funding body.
Julia Roberts was attached to an earlier, 1993 film about Davidson's camel ride across the Australian desert that never got off the ground.
"There is quite a long history to this project,'' acknowledged Sherman
While no casting announcements have yet been made, two of Curran's last three films have featured Naomi Watts, who was in Sydney filming The Grandmothers with Robin Wright this week.
A supernatural horror story starring Miss Fischer's Essie Davis also made the cut in the latest round of funding announcements -- which will trigger close to $20 million in production, according to Screen Australia.