Broke director Heath Davis has announced the cast of his new film Book Week which will start filming across the Blue Mountains in January.
After spending the past year engaging locals in fundraising and creative workshops, and developing the script with Screen Australia, Davis and his team are ready to call action.
“It’s another micro budget film with great ambitions and tremendous heart,” says Davis. “It’s a comedy, so hopefully there will be more laughs this time around.”
Book Week follows high school English teacher, Nicholas Cutler who thinks his life is about to change for the better when he learns his novel is going to be published. What is meant to be the best week of his life soon becomes seven days of hell. A girlfriend’s ultimatum, a student in trouble with the law, a gravely-ill brother-in-law and the prospects of living a life of unfulfilled dreams forces Mr. Cutler to re-evaluate just what’s important in life.
Book Week‘s cast will include Al Dukes, Susan Prior, Steve Bastoni, Khan Chittendan, Joelene Anderson, Maya Stange, Pippa Grandison, Tiriel Mora, Steve Le Marquand, Justin Rosniak, as well as newcomers Rose Riley and Airlie Dodds with more to be announced.
“I’m incredibly excited to be working with such an impressive cast of actors,” says Davis. “You’re always juggling schedules up to the last minute, especially on tiny budgets, so hopefully they don’t get Ridley Scott calling them up between now and then.”
Davis is also excited to re-team with his Broke cinematographer Chris Bland on Book Week.
The filmmakers are hoping Book Week will encourage kids and adults to get off their smart phones and reconnect with books.
They have partnered with Dymocks Children’s Charities with the plan to raise money and improve the book collection in the libraries of various disadvantaged schools across Australia.
“You never know where a film is going to end up, but we want to ensure the experience of making it is special,” says Davis. “Art projects like this have an amazing way of connecting people and communities. If we can do some good at the same time then why not? I used to be a school teacher, so I’m very passionate about literacy. Hopefully we can inspire others to follow suit.”
You can keep up to date with Book Week here.