Matchbox Pictures will produce a new six-hour mini-series about Australian and English journalists covering the battle of Gallipoli with actor Sam Worthington to co-produce, and possibly star in. Among the journalists to be portrayed is Keith Murdoch, father of Rupert Murdoch.
Keith Murdoch’s endeavours in covering Gallipoli is near legendary, credited in some quarters with being a turning point in what had been a badly run campaign.
Penny Chapman of Matchbox Pictures, producers of The Slap and The Straits, told Encore Worthington and his FullClip Productions partner John Schwarz brought the project to NBCUniversal which FullClip is in talks with on other productions, and which owns a major interest in Matchbox Pictures.
The untitled project has received development funding by Foxtel.
The mini-series follows three embedded journalists who see the war going wrong but can’t report on it; Charles Bean, British war correspondent Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett and Rupert Murdoch’s father Keith Murdoch as well as Australian war photographer Philip Shuler.
While no directors have been attached, Chapman said the writing team is Cate Shortland writer and director of Lore, Jacquelin Perske, writer of Foxtel’s Spirited, Snowtown writer Shaun Grant and Wain Fimeri, writer and director of Revealing Gallipoli and Charles Bean’s War, Bean being one of the journalists in the story.
Chapman said it’s not likely production will take place in Gallipoli and couldn’t give indication on the budget.
Funding is expected from Screen Australia, state funding bodies and Foxtel. (Source)