Mother, a sci-fi thriller from WA director Grant Sputore and writer Michael Lloyd Green, whose script landed on the 2016 Black List, is set to begin shooting at Adelaide Studios.
The film has received production funding from Screen Australia and the SAFC in association with Screenwest, Lotterywest, Rising Sun Pictures and Kojo.
Sputore made short film Legacy in 2008 and was selected by the ADG to be a director’s attachment with Kriv Stenders on Kill Me Three Times in 2014. Mother will be his feature debut.
The Penguin Empire’s Kelvin Munro and Southern Light Films’ Timothy White (Son of a Gun, Sleeping Beauty) are producing, with Anna Vincent (Embrace) co-producing.
Executive producers are Jean-Luc de Fanti (The Private Lives of Pippa Lee), Terry Dougas (Jane Got A Gun), and Paris Kasidokostas-Latsis, whose film Good Time will screen in competition at Cannes this year.
Mother tells the story of a lonely teenage girl who is the first of a new generation of humans to be raised by Mother – a kindly robot designed to repopulate the earth after the extinction of mankind.
“Michael and I set out to create a screenplay that captures the excitement of the sci-fi thrillers we grew up watching," said Sputore.
WETA Workshop (Avatar, The Lord of The Rings) will be creating the titular robot, with Rising Sun Pictures (Logan, The Water Diviner) doing the film's VFX.
The film is being handled by Mister Smith Entertainment and WME Global for international sales.