Principal photography has now commenced on the new feature film Penelope at the castle of Brezovica on the outskirts of Zagreb, Croatia. Penelope marks the feature film debut for Writer/Director Ben Ferris, also know for his role as Executive Director of Sydney Film School.
Penelope is a co-production between Artemis Projects in Australia and Focus Media in Croatia, and is the first co-production between the two countries.
The Australian team includes writer/director Ben Ferris, director of photography James Barahanos, production designer Jennie Tate, and first time actress Natalie Finderle in the role of Penelope.
The feature film Penelope is a fresh examination of the character of Penelope from Homer’s epic, The Odyssey. She is the wife of Odysseus and waits for 20 years for him to return from the Trojan War. It stars Australian-Croatian first time actress Natalie Finderle as Penelope.
Set in Croatia, in a mythic time and space, the film challenges the mythological tradition with contemporary attitudes, through a re-evaluation of the role of Penelope.
‘Ending up in Croatia has been very much an organic process. James and I first came here together in 2003 for the very first One Take Film Festival with our film The Kitchen. Since then I have been back to Zagreb several times, and the project developed a little more with each visit.’ Director Ben Ferris.