A new Aussie drama Violet Town, directed by Mark Joffe (Spotswood) is an adaptation of Steven Carroll’s novel ‘The Art Of The Engine Driver.’
The Lawless thesp Guy Pearce and the former Bond Girl Rosamund Pike will reportedly play in a 1957-set tale about a couple who attend a neighbor’s New Year’s Eve party where buried secrets are revealed.
Penned by Matt Cameron, Bryan Brown (Cocktail) also stars, probably as another guest at the party.
Here’s the book synopsis:
There they are, still as a photograph, listening for the distant thud of the sun as it prepares to drop from the sky …On a hot summer’s night, a family of three are off to a party in their bristling suburbia. But nothing is as it seems and soon we are walking with them through the past lives of a bully, a drunk and a disaffected youth. As the story of the neighbourhood unfolds the old and the new, diesel and steam, town and country all collide – and nobody will be left unaffected. ‘The Art of the Engine Driver’ is a luminous and evocative take on ordinary suburban lives told with an extraordinary power and depth.
Shooting kicks off in the second half of 2013.
Keep your eyes peeled on the festival circuit perhaps in late 2013 or more likely 2014 for Violet Town to appear.