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Crime thriller The Unknown Man to be filmed in SA

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South Australia has been confirmed as the filming location of a new crime thriller movie starring Australian actor Joel Edgerton, with the producers planning to start shooting in and around Adelaide as soon as possible when COVID-19 restrictions ease.

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The Unknown Man, originally announced at Berlin’s European Film Market in February, is written and directed by Thomas M Wright (Acute Misfortune).

It sees Edgerton and UK actor Sean Harris play strangers Henry and Mark, who meet and strike up a friendship after meeting on a plane, with Henry unaware that Mark is actually an undercover officer working to convict him for an unsolved murder committed years earlier.

The thriller is being produced by See-Saw Films – whose previous credits include 2013 outback feature Tracks, also filmed in SA, and Best Picture Oscar winner The King’s Speech) and Anonymous Content (Boy Erased, Spotlight).

“This is a challenging time for our industry, particularly for crew, but we are gearing up to move straight into production on The Unknown Man, which will be shooting in and around Adelaide, as soon as is practicable,” said producer Rachel Gardner.

Edgerton, who is also a co-producer of the film, starred with Harris in the Netflix historical feature film The King, and directed and acted in Anonymous Content’s Golden Globe-nominated Boy Erased, about a young man forced to take part in a gay conversion program.

SA Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni hailed today’s announcement as a coup for the state, while South Australian Film Corporation CEO Kate Croser said it would present “significant opportunities for South Australian crew and screen service providers from right across the sector”.

Experienced SA crew and talent are being invited to send in expressions of interest and their CV to the production.

“With South Australia’s screen sector currently facing unprecedented challenges due to the Covid-19 emergency, the SAFC continues to work hard behind the scenes to create a strong pipeline of production to secure the future of the sector, and get our crews and facilities ready to bounce back to work as soon as possible,” Croser said.

The Unknown Man has received major production investment from Screen Australia, and support from the SAFC.

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