Winton novels turned to film locally

RT FILMS is to commence production of a film based on Tim Winton’s Lockie Leonard novels in the near future.

The film has a working title of Lockie Leonard – The Human Torpedo.

It will be shot entirely in WA, predominantly around Albany and Margaret River.

Author Tim Winton said he had always written stories and novels set in WA.

“I love our distinctive landscape and I’ve always wanted to break down the cultural invisibility that Western Australians often feel within the broader national culture,” Mr Winton said.

Rumours abound in the local film industry that Winton’s Cloudstreet is also about to be made into a film by Barron Entertainment Limited.

Mr Winton said, while a number of his novels had been made into films in the past, he was pleased that this film would be shot with a primarily WA-based creative team.

Lockie Leonard – The Human Torpedo will have a budget of $5.5 million, $250,000 or which has already been committed in principle by ScreenWest.

An RT Films spokeswoman said 525 people would be able to invest in the project via a prospectus for the Lockie Leonard Film Scheme (ARSN 0921 674 694) but must do so before 30 June in order to receive a 10BA tax deduction.

The film will be marketed in Australia and overseas.

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