South Australia’s Windmill Theatre Company has responded to the international success of its first feature film, Girl Asleep, by creating a new arm dedicated to screen projects.
Windmill has already secured Screen Australia funding for the script development of its proposed follow-up film, School Dance, based on the Helpmann Award winning stage production of the same name.
Girl Asleep screened in 25 countries around the world, winning several international awards and highlighting Windmill’s ‘value as a producer with a repertoire of new Australian stories that have been developed and refined over a long period of time, and tested on live audiences,’ said South Australia’s Minister for the Arts, Jack Snelling.
‘I’m pleased to announce the establishment of Windmill Pictures and the early development of another Australian film project here in South Australia,’ he added.
Windmill Theatre Co Artistic Director Rosemary Myers said making Girl Asleep was ‘an incredible creative ride for our artists’.
‘The creative process of taking Girl Asleep from stage to screen has forged a new and exciting convergence model of live theatre and film for the company and we’re excited to take on more screen projects alongside our theatre work,’ she said.
Written by Matthew Whittet, School Dance premiered at the 2012 Adelaide Festival and went on to win two Helpmann Awards including Best Presentation for Children, as well as a Sydney Theatre Award for Best Production for Young People and the Ruby Award for Best Show.
Whittet will adapt his screenplay, an imaginative look at the awkwardness of adolescence and braving self-doubt, for the screen.
Pre-production will begin in late 2018, with shooting pencilled in for 2019.
This week Windmill also announced its 2018 theatre season, including two brand new shows and an international collaboration. See www.windmill.org.au for details.