Eddie Izzard Stars in Marion Pilowsky’s ‘The Call Back’ at Adelaide Studios
Acclaimed British actor, comedian and writer Eddie Izzard will star in The Call Back, the feature debut of writer/director Marion Pilowsky (My Last Five Girlfriends, Sleuth), which begins filming in Adelaide later this month.
The Emmy Award-winning Izzard has developed a stellar reputation as a film, television and stage actor, with recent credits including ‘Victoria and Abdul’.
He will be joined in the ensemble cast of The Call Back by French actress Vanessa Guide (The New Adventures of Aladdin) and Australians Emily Taheny (Get Krack!n), Luke McKenzie (Wentworth), Hugh Sheridan (Packed to the Rafters), Tina Bursill (Wish You Were Here), Susie Youssef (How Not To Behave) and Tiriel Mora (Happy Feet).
The Call Back taps into the madness inflicted when visitors overstay their welcome. It centres on Ronnie (Emily Taheny), a struggling restaurateur mired in debt, and the fallout from her previous short-lived romance with British movie actor Henry (Eddie Izzard). She’s now living with laid-back, loyal Jeff (Luke McKenzie), but her world is turned upside down when Henry returns to Australia with his French lover Sophie (Vanessa Guide) in tow. Any possibility of fun quickly disappears into a fog of paranoia and truly appalling behaviour. This is a film about finding your true home, love, sex, food and bloody good Shiraz.
Fox International Productions, Screen Australia and the South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC) are the investors in the film and it will be distributed in Australia via 20th Century Fox Film Australia. London-based Independent will handle international sales.
Producers are Sue Murray (Charlie’s Country, Ten Canoes), David Willing (My Last Five Girlfriends) and Marion Pilowsky through Corner Table Productions Australia. Based on an original idea, The Call Back was written by Pilowsky and L. A. Sellars, and was supported during development by SAFC.
Marion Pilowsky said, “I am incredibly happy that this talented group of actors has decided to join us on our South Australian adventure.”
Tomas Jegeus, President of Fox International Productions, said, “Eddie Izzard will bring his impeccable skills as an actor to Marion’s wonderful script. We are thrilled he is joining this very talented cast and crew and very much looking forward to production getting underway in Australia.”
Marc Wooldridge, Managing Director of 20th Century Fox Film Australia, said, “We are so lucky to have discovered such an original and entertaining female driven script, with broad appeal among an under-served cinema audience. We have loved our truly collaborative experience working with the creative force of nature that is Marion Pilowsky and we literally cannot wait to see what she does with her own brilliant script and amazing cast and crew she has assembled. We wish everyone involved the very best of luck.”
Andrew Orr, Managing Director of Independent, said, “The Call Back’s wry humour is up there with all classic hits of Australian cinema which international audiences love – and we’re totally stoked to be going on this trip through wine country with Marion and her crew!”
The Call Back will shoot in Adelaide and its environs from the 30th of October.
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