Steve Worland (left) and Owen Trevor.

After years working in the UK shooting Top Gear, Owen Trevor will return to Australia to direct his first feature film, Go Karts.

Written by Paper Planes scribe Steve Worland and to be produced by See Pictures, Go Karts follows a young boy who must overcome the odds and his own recklessness to achieve his dream of winning the Australian Go Kart Championship.

Jamie Hilton and Sonia Borella are producing the film, which will be shot in Western Australia and be released locally via Roadshow Films. Joel Pearlman, Michael Pontin, Berry Meyerowitz and Jeff Sackman are the EPs.

The producers describe the film as an “action-packed family movie”, and an original WA story.

Owen Trevor said: “I’m so excited to be heading back home to shoot my first feature film after a few years working in the UK, Europe and the US, and especially to be working on the beautiful West Coast with exceptional Australian talent and crew.”

Set to shoot in WA’s south west region in the first half of this year, it is the second film to be backed by Screenwest’s Regional Film Fund, following on from Ben Elton’s Three Summers. The fund also backed ABC series Mystery Road, which shot in the Kimberley region in last year.

Go Karts has received also production investment from both Screenwest and Screen Australia, in association with Create NSW and Spectrum Films.

Aqute Media is handling international sales.

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  1. Anyone know anyone interested in making a social-realist family feature film? You might like my original screenplay (6th draft) The Wood for the Trees: “A near-sighted boy guilts a retired champion woodchopper into leading a team of small town misfits into an against-the-odds fight against greed.”

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