Who stars in the movie of your book? If a Hollywood agent were to come knocking on your door with an offer to turn your book into a movie and told you that you could call all the shots, who would you have direct and star in it? Write the first paragraph of a glowing Rotten Tomatoes review of your film.
I’m a bit out of touch with the who’s who of Hollywood or even the Australian film industry and it goes without saying the actor who stars in my book must be Australian, for authenticity of the accent if nothing else. We’ve seen it butchered by the best and not so best in the field, and this detracts from both the story line and the acting.
If a movie was to be made about my novel, Seth, I’d have to suggest Brenton Thwaites for the title role. He looks the part and I believe he has the ability to slip into the role that, for the most part, relies on acting without speech – a big ask.
Choosing a director would be more difficult and again, I’d have to go for an Aussie who understood the uniqueness of this country and its people, and the idiosyncrasies of small towns that have passed their use by date, maybe Phillip Noyce or Russell Crowe. Russell’s experience as an Oscar award winning actor and the success of his directing debut movie, The Water Diviner, makes him eminently suitable.
Brendon Thwaites stars in this drama that accurately captures the essence of small town Australia, and his performance as the selective mute, Seth, is nothing short of brilliant. The opening scenes shed light on the dramatic circumstances of his birth, in a dusty paddock in the middle of the hay season, and hints at the misfortune that dogs him throughout his growing years. The backstory of his childhood is shown in a series of vignettes before his step-father’s death brings a change of fortune that marks the beginning of a chain of tragic events that enshrouds the town in grief and suspicion. This is where the action really begins…