New Guy Pearce thriller wraps in Victoria

Minister for Creative Industries, Colin Brooks with Guy Pearce on the set of Inside. Credit: Daniel Mahon

A new feature film starring award-winning Australian actor Guy Pearce has just wrapped in Victoria – creating jobs and delivering a $4 million boost to the state economy.

Minister for Creative Industries Colin Brooks this week visited the set of Inside, a new crime-thriller, which has created 85 jobs for Victorian screen industry workers including crew, local cast, casuals and extras.

Inside has filmed in locations across the state over the last five weeks, with cameras rolling in Melbourne’s northern and western suburbs, including Brunswick and Brooklyn, as well as in Victoria’s regions.

Inside is the debut feature film for Australian writer-director Charles Williams, who won the prestigious Palme d’Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival with his short film, All These Creatures.

In the coming-of-age film, after being transferred from juvenile to adult prison, Mel Blight (Vincent Miller) is taken under the wing of both Mark Shepard (Cosmo Jarvis), Australia’s most despised criminal, and Warren Murfett (Guy Pearce), a soon-to-be-a-paroled inmate. As a paternal triangle grows between them, we see that even the worst of men have a little bit of good inside that will be their undoing.

Adding to the film’s star power is Toby Wallace (Babyteeth, The Royal Hotel), Tara Morice (Strictly Ballroom, Dance Academy), Chloé Hayden (Heartbreak High) and and Michael Logo (Colin From Accounts).

Inside is produced by Marian Macgowan (Two Hands, The Great) for Macgowan Films and Kate Glover (The Phantom of the Open, Hot Milk) for Never Sleep Pictures, with Thomas Wright (The Stranger, Acute Misfortune) as executive producer.

The production of Inside was attracted to Victoria through the Victorian Government backed Victorian Screen Incentive and Regional Location Assistance Fund, which are both delivered through VicScreen.

Guy Pearce and Charles Williams on the set of Inside. Credit: Matthew Lyn

Victorian Minister for Creative Industries Colin Brooks said, “It was a thrill to visit the set of Inside in Brunswick and meet some of our state’s talented cast and crew, who are bringing this distinctly Australian story to life.”

“We are backing productions like Inside to create job opportunities for Victorian screen workers and businesses, and put our local talent and stories on screens across the globe.”

Writer/director Charles Williams said, “It was incredibly defining to have spent my formative years growing up in regional Victoria and I couldn’t imagine making this film anywhere else. It’s a part of Australia we don’t often see on screen and I’m very grateful to have had the support to shoot here – both from VicScreen and the incredible local cast, crew, and wider community.”

Producer Marian Macgowan said, “VicScreen’s early and generous support has been pivotal in enabling us to bring Charles’ Williams debut feature to the screen in regional and metropolitan Victoria. Joe Brinkmann and his team made the application, approval and investment process transparent, and seamless for filmmakers. Our thanks to them and to the Victoria Government.”

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