Don Groves is a Deadline contributor based in Sydney.
Funding agency Screen Australia announced today it’s investing $A5.5 million ($5.6 million) in three features with a total budget of more than $17 million: Michael and Peter Spierig’s Predestination, Greg McLean’s Wolf Creek 2 and Rolf de Heer’s Charlie’s Country. In Predestination, Ethan Hawke plays a time-travelling government agent who recruits his younger self to pursue a particularly elusive criminal. Produced by Paddy McDonald and Tim McGahan, it’s based on a short story by Robert A. Heinlein. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions acquired domestic and some international rights to the action thriller in Cannes. Arclight Films is representing Predestination; Pinnacle will release in Australia. John Jarratt will reprise his role as a serial killer in the Wolf Creek sequel, which was due to shoot in February year but stalled when a private investor withdrew. In the screenplay by McLean and Aaron Sterns, another unwitting backpacker is the prey of the crazed pig-shooter. Charlie’s Country will star David Gulpilil as a man who struggles to understand how he should define himself as an Aboriginal in modern Australia. Fandango Portobello has foreign and Hopscotch will release in Oz.