From left are Greta Scacchi Leila George (image: Reto Sterchi), and Sam Corlett (Image: Jason Bell).
Greta Scacchi and daughter Leila George are set to act alongside each other in David Vincent Smith’s He Ain’t Heavy, a family drama also starring Sam Corlett that is set to begin filming in Perth’s south-eastern suburbs next Monday.
Inspired by true events, the story follows a desperate sister (George) who kidnaps her beloved brother (Corlett) to save him from addiction. Scacchi will play the family’s matriach, Bev.
Smith wrote the film from his proof-of-concept short I’m Not Hurting You, which premiered at Sydney Film Festival and screened at numerous local and international film festivals including Flickerfest and Austin Film Festival.
His longtime collaborator Jess Parker, of Perth-based No Label Films, is producing He Ain’t Heavy, having previously worked with the writer/director on I’m Not Hurting You and fellow short film Featherweight. Jonathan Page is executive producing, with Bonsai Films handling distribution.