Marion Pilowsky to call action on her feature film debut The Call Back

Anthony La Puglia and Marion Pilowsky on the set of short film The Ride.

“This is a film about finding your true home, love, sex, food and bloody good Shiraz, as well as being my own personal ode to Australia.”

Producer, writer and director Marion Pilowsky (My Last Five Girlfriends, Sleuth) will make her feature directorial debut with comedy The Call Back after securing production investment funding from Fox International Productions, Screen Australia and the South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC). It will be distributed locally via 20th Century Fox Film Australia and has received Gender Matters: Better Deals support from Screen Australia.

The Call Back is set in Adelaide and tells the story of Ronnie, a struggling restauranteur mired in debt. Three years ago she met British movie star Henry whilst he was filming in her hometown and despite declarations of love and the promise of an exciting future in London, the relationship ended when his movie wrapped, leaving her heartbroken. Now living with the good-hearted and loyal Jeff, Ronnie’s world is once again turned upside-down when Henry returns to Australia with his French lover Sophie in tow. Any possibility of fun quickly disappears into a fog of paranoia and truly appalling behaviour. The Call Back pitches a young couple against the visitors from hell, an insufferable duo who operate with the confidence of the anointed.

Produced by Sue Murray (Charlie’s Country, Ten Canoes), David Willing (My Last Five Girlfriends) and Marion Pilowsky through Corner Table Productions Australia, The Call Back taps into the madness inflicted upon us when visitors overstay their welcome. Based on an original idea, it was written by Marion Pilowsky and Lee A. Sellars, and was supported during development by SAFC with the involvement of L.A. based script editor Dylan Wilcox.

“After working in London for many years I returned to my hometown of Adelaide to focus on writing and directing,” said Pilowsky. “In the beginning it really struck me how alien I felt after being away for so long. As I readjusted the vast differences in culture and mind-set between Europe and Australia, it gave me an idea for a story that I felt many could relate to – the visitors from hell. This is a film about finding your true home, love, sex, food and bloody good Shiraz, as well as being my own personal ode to Australia.”

Marion Pilowsky’s short films have screened at film festivals around the world including The Ride which was nominated for a Jury Prize at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. Her most recent film What We Know was the only Australian film invited to the prestigious Edinburgh Film Festival in 2016. She has worked with talent such as Anthony La Paglia, Ed Speleers and Joel Jackson.

The Call Back will shoot in Adelaide and its environs later in 2017, with casting to be announced shortly.

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