by MATTHEW EELES
Australian feature film Ruby’s Choice will recommence shooting in Sydney in late July after cast and crew were forced to abandon the production in March due to Covid-19.
Ruby’s Choice is directed by Australian actor, writer and producer Michael Budd who starred in The Cold Light of Day alongside Henry Cavill and Bruce Willis and Matrix Reloaded. Budd has another feature film currently in post-production called Enter Sanctum – a futuristic Sci-Fi thriller starring Holly Bisley and Lara Robinson.
Ruby’s Choice has attracted American actor Jane Seymour (Dr Quinn Medicine Woman) who will play Ruby – a loving grandmother who suffers from dementia. Jacqueline McKenzie has also joined the cast along with talented young actor, Coco Jack Gillies (Oddball).
The film follows 16-year-old Tash (Gillies) as she recounts the days that changed her perception of life forever. She’s forced to share her home with her grandmother and vulgar cousin, while she listens to her parents constantly argue over money. Through Tash’s eyes, we see the humanity of dementia, the reality that there’s a person still in there with memories, emotions, and value.
Budd lost his own grandmother to dementia and has describes Ruby’s Choice as his toughest directing challenge. The screenplay is penned by up and coming Brisbane writer Paul Mahoney.