Geraldine Hakewill and Mark Leonard Winter announce new film, The Rooster

A concept shot from The Rooster

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Geraldine Hakewill and Mark Leonard Winter have launched a crowdfunding campaign for their new feature film, The Rooster.

The Rooster is a mystery drama which deals with themes around shame and masculinity with humanity and unexpected humour, whilst keeping an audience in suspense.

The official synopsis for the film reads: When the body of his oldest friend is found buried in a shallow grave, Dan, a small-town cop, seeks answers from a volatile hermit who was the last person to see his friend alive.

Currently in pre-production with principal photography beginning from mid-May through June, The Rooster is set in the picturesque and diverse Dja Dja Wurrung country, in the region of the Hepburn Shire.

The Rooster is written and is to be directed by double Helpmann Award-winning actor, writer, and director Mark Leonard Winter and produced by Logie-nominated actor Geraldine Hakewill and AACTA award-winning producer MahVeen Shahraki.

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Although a cast hasn’t been officially revealed, The Rooster will star one of Australia’s most famous acting exports, as well as a rising star, alongside an incredible supporting cast.

This film is a personal film for Mark, and a creative offering exploring what it feels like to be caught in a frightening place of despair. It is a reminder that salvation can come when you least expect it. In a distinctly Australian way, The Rooster sets out to tackle heavy topics such as suicide and mental health with warmth and gentle humour. Though death is ever-present, the film is about faith, resilience and survival. Hope is not lost and no matter how dark things get people can change, overcome and survive if they are willing to be vulnerable.

The Rooster presents enormous value to the cultural richness of Central Victoria on all fronts. It is a film set in and about a diverse regional centre exploring the trials of our unique community that Mark and Geraldine very proudly call home. The Rooster will be a highly visible production that we hope demonstrates to the community a commitment to tell stories that reflect their lives.

You can find out more about the Australian Cultural Fund campaign here

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