(L-R) Anthony Garland, Ali Mueller and Anna Vincent. (Photo: Elaine Lee)

After success with shorts Ophelia and They Grow Up, writer-director Anthony Garland will make his feature debut with sci-fi Alternate, due to shoot at Adelaide Studios next year.

Set in a high-rise office building, Alternate follows an overworked young executive who goes back in time four hours to save his girlfriend from being killed.

The film will be produced by Anna Vincent (Demonic, I Am Mother), Ali Mueller (Category Five, Ophelia) and Anita Gou (The Farewell, Honey Boy), with executive producer Timothy White (I Am Mother, The Luminaries) for SLA Films and Lady A Pictures. Screen Australia and the South Australian Film Corporation have both provided production investment, with further support from the Adelaide Film Festival Fund.

Both Garland’s Ophelia and They Grow Up played LA Shorts Fest, with Ophelia was selected as Best of Fest.

Garland said:“This is a personal film that presents as a suspense thriller. Ali and Anita have been fiercely supportive collaborators from the beginning and are great champions for this story and for telling it in the right way. We have strong partners in Anna and Tim, as well as the support of Screen Australia.  I’m incredibly grateful for the team and the opportunity.”

Vincent said: “Ali and Anthony have developed a project that literally jumps off the page. It’s a privilege to work with them both, and we’re enormously appreciative to both Screen Australia and the South Australian Film Corporation for their support.”

Rialto Distribution will distribute in Australia and New Zealand.

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