Legend Media Seeks Trio of West Australia-China Co-Productions (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety | 9/16/2019 | Patrick Frater
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Perth, Australia-based production company Legend Media is preparing a slate of three feature films to be produced with partners in China.

The company styles itself as one that recognizes the opportunities for Asian engagement that have fallen to Australia, through geography, trade and culture. The company aims to make use of the bilateral film co-production treaty that came into effect in December 2008 between Australia and China and has been used on average by nearly one film per year.

Operations - Camille - Chen - Writer-director-producer - Co-production

Operations are headed by Camille Chen, a writer-director-producer with relevant co-production (“Little Sparrows”). The company is backed by mining executive Bronwen Barnes, property developer Paul Lakey, and banking and property executive Darren Cooper.

First up, and aiming to shoot from late January 2020, is “Outback Dragon,” an action-adventure-comedy in the vein of “Lost In Thailand” and “Chinatown Detective,” that is set in gold mining territory around Kalgoorlie, and in Chinese mega-city Shenzhen. Lead cast and director are to be announced soon.

Story - Writer - Hua - Jiao - Tao

The story was originated by a Chinese writer Hua Jiao Tao and the screenplay adapted by an Australian writer. Final dialog is expected to be in both Mandarin and English.

“Chasing Waves,” a romantic drama, now in advanced development, reverses the process and is originated in English, before being adapted and expanded in Chinese. Action is likely to take place in the Margaret River area, known both for its fine wines and world class surfing. Third is a romantic epic “Chinese Daughters,” which Legend pitches as “a ‘Chinese Gone With the Wind,’ set in Kimberly.”

Pictures - Production - Budgets - A - Finance

The pictures are being assembled with minimum production budgets of $9.5 million (A$14 million) that will tap into finance from Australia’s federal offset system and West Australia’s state regional film fund, as well as Chinese and Australian private sector backing.

They are to be co-produced with Chinese company Truly Sense Media, part...
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