Rush, Davis Caught In Schepsi’s “Storm”

Production kicked off today in Melbourne, Australia on acclaimed filmmaker Fred Schepsi’s “The Eye of the Storm” according to an official press release.

Based on the classic novel by Nobel Prize-winning author Patrick White, the story is set in Sydney’s Centennial Park where two nurses, a housekeeper and a solicitor attend to Elizabeth Hunter (Charlotte Rampling) as her expatriate son (Geoffrey Rush) and daughter (Judy Davis) convene at her deathbed.

But, in dying, as in living, Mrs. Hunter remains a powerful force on those who surround her. The film is described as “a savage exploration of family relationships – and the sharp undercurrents of love and hate, comedy and tragedy, which define them.”

Alexandra Schepisi, Robyn Nevin, Colin Friels, John Gaden, and Helen Morse also star in the project which marks the first film Australian director Schepsi has shot in his homeland since 1988’s “A Cry in the Dark” (aka. “Evil Angels”) and his first project since 2005 TV production “Empire Falls”.

Schepsi’s resume includes such acclaimed efforts as “Roxanne,” “Six Degrees of Seperation,” “Last Orders,” “The Russia House” and “I.Q.”. Shooting will move to Sydney and north Queensland later in the shoot.

Judy Morris (“Babe: Pig in the City,” “Happy Feet”) penned the script while Antony Waddington, Gregory Read and Schepsi will produce. Transmission Films (“Samson & Delilah,” “Balibo,” “Beneath Hill 60”) will distribute in Australia while the project will be open to international buyers in Cannes next month.