Connolly plunges into the deep after The Dry

Can Blueback, now starting production in WA, do as well as The Dry? Hard to compare as this film has a different audience.

Arenamedia is one of a handful of independent production companies which epitomise the value of scale and a common culture.

Along with Roadshow, the company has formally announced that production has started on Blueback in Western Australia.

Set partly around Ningaloo Reef, still something of an unknown treasure to the wider community, it tells the story of a child who befriends and defends a groper, a species of fish which is both enormous and friendly. 

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.