Don Groves is a Deadline contributor based in Sydney.

Bryan Brown will play an Australian soldier in France during World War I in An Accidental Soldier, a telemovie directed by the actor’s wife Rachel Ward, their first collaboration since the 2009 movie Beautiful Kate. Australia’s ABC commissioned the telepic based on John Charalambous’ novel Silent Parts, and shooting starts in Western Australia in September, backed by agency Screen West. Dan Spielman plays the title character who enlisted in 1918 when he was in his early 40s, served as a baker and feared battle. French actress Marie Bunel plays a French woman who harbored him. The producers are Goalpost Pictures’ Kylie du Fresne (The Sapphires) and Taylor Media’s Sue Taylor (The Tree) and the script is by Blake Ayshford. The producers say they will decide how to exploit the international rights when the film is completed.