Hilary Swank joins Clara Rugaard for Grant Sputore’s I Am Mother

Academy-Award® winning actress, Hilary Swank, will star in the highly anticipated sci-fi thriller I Am Mother, it was announced today.

A two-time Oscar® winner for her work in the critically acclaimed Boys Don’t Cry (2000) and Million Dollar Baby (2005), Swank joins rising actor Clara Rugaard (Good Favour, Teen Spirit) in the stylish, thought-provoking feature that brings a dark, electrifying edge to a unique mother-daughter story.

“It is a privilege to welcome Hilary Swank to our film. She is a remarkable performer who always brings tremendous commitment and honesty to the screen,” director Grant Sputore says. “I’m excited about the journey ahead with Hilary and the talented Clara Rugaard.”

I Am Mother will be Grant Sputore’s feature debut, following a run of award winning commercials. Sputore is joined by Steven Annis as director of photography whose DP credits include music videos for Pink, Lorde, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, U2 and commercial work for Apple, Google and Nike.

The legendary special effects team at WETA Workshop (Avatar, The Lord of The Rings) has created the titular robot. Hugh Bateup leads production design (Cloud Atlas, Jupiter Ascending, Sense8, The Shallows) with costume designer Mariot Kerr (Tracks, The Leftovers). Editor is Sean Lahiff (Cargo, Jungle).

Principal photography recently commenced at South Australia’s Adelaide Studios.

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Based on an original concept by director Grant Sputore and screenwriter Michael Lloyd Green, I Am Mother tells the story of a lonely teenage girl, ‘Daughter’ (Rugaard), who is the first of a new generation of humans raised by ‘Mother’ – a kindly robot designed to repopulate the earth following the extinction of mankind. But their unique bond is threatened when a blood-drenched woman (Swank) inexplicably arrives, calling into question everything Daughter has been told about the outside world – and her Mother’s intentions.

I Am Mother is produced by Southern Light Films’ Timothy White and The Penguin Empire’s Kelvin Munro. Anna Vincent and Michael Lloyd Green co-produce.

Executive producers on the film are Paris Kasidokostas-Latsis, Terry Dougas and Jean-Luc De Fanti from Rhea Films along with Bryce Menzies, Philip Wade, John Wade and Grant Sputore.

I Am Mother is an Australian production financed by Hercules Film Investments with major investment from Screen Australia and the South Australian Film Corporation in association with Adelaide Film Festival, Screenwest, Lotterywest, Fin VFX, Blockhead and Kojo.

Mister Smith Entertainment is handling international sales, with WME Global’s Graham Taylor overseeing U.S. sales. StudioCanal is handling distribution in Australia and New Zealand.

“StudioCanal is very proud to be releasing I Am Mother in Australia and New Zealand,” said Greg Denning, StudioCanal’s National Sales and Acquisitions Manager. “The filmmakers have assembled a wonderful team to bring this story to the screen, and we’re thrilled that they’ve now attracted the calibre of Hilary Swank for the pivotal role of Woman. She is the perfect choice, and adds another layer of quality to this smart, refreshingly bold, and riveting Sci Fi thriller.”

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