EXCLUSIVE: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and DC Universe’s Titans star Brenton Thwaites is leading cast alongside Lily Sullivan (Amazon’s Picnic at Hanging Rock, Mental) in the Australian comedy-drama I Met A Girl, which got underway today.

Thwaites stars as an impulsive musician struggling with schizophrenia who falls for a mysterious woman (Sullivan) who may be all in his head. When she suddenly vanishes, he takes off on a cross-country journey across Australia to find her, forcing his long-suffering brother (Joel Jackson, Jungle) to try to rescue him. Also cast are Zahra Newman (Wentworth) and Peter Rowsthorn (Kath and Kim).

The project, shooting in Western Australia and New South Wales, is from the creative team behind web series High Life and includes director Luke Eve, writer Glen Dolman and producer Adam Dolman. Pic received production funding from Screen Australia in association with Screenwest and was financed with support from Create NSW and Soundfirm.

Label Distribution will release in Australia/New Zealand and AMP International is handling world sales.

Melissa Kelly and Ryan Hodgson’s Factor 30 Films (Hounds of Love) is co-producing with Dolman’s Monsoon Pictures. Timothy White (I Am Mother) and Tait Brady (Brother’s Nest) are executive producing with Roger Savage, Thwaites, Eve, as well as James Norrie and Bob Portal of AMP International.

Norrie of AMP International said, “Romantic, sweet and laugh out loud funny, I Met A Girl has a great balance of humor and pathos, which is sure to appeal to an international audience.” Screenwest CEO Peter Rowe added that he was moved by the film’s commitment to putting schizophrenia in the spotlight, “This is a life affirming, coming-of-age story that’s both funny and whimsical yet deeply emotional.”

Brothers Adam and Glen Dolman said they were determined to tell this story. The latter was inspired to write the film after the death of a close friend who had suffered from a serious mental illness. Adam Dolman said: “This is a personal, authentic and very moving story and one which I believe will resonate with audiences worldwide. We’re both thrilled to be working again with director, Luke Eve, whose passion and vision for this project is infectious.”