Australia based Bronte Pictures has completed principal photography this week on supernatural horror thriller THE SCHOOL, directed by award-winning Australian writer/director Storm Ashwood.
THE SCHOOL follows Amy, an attractive, successful surgeon, who struggles to cope with her emergency room duties and those of a young mother looking after her hospitalized son who has fallen into a coma. After being reprimanded by her boss, Dr. Wang, for obsessively believing her son will wake up, she becomes trapped in a coma/purgatory of her own – The School – where children from her past emerge to taunt and test her to her core, putting in doubt whether Amy will be able to save her son and leave The School.
Starring in THE SCHOOL is Megan Drury as Amy. Drury was most recently lauded in the prestigious Belvoir St Theatre Company’s critically acclaimed production of RUBEN GUTHRIE. Also starring is Will McDonald as Zach. Mc Donald is best known for Australia’s highest rated TV series HOME AND AWAY as well as drama series NEIGHBOURS. THE SCHOOL will also feature Nicholas Hope, one of Australia’s top theater and television actors, as Dr. Wang. Hope recently starred in Simon Stone’s award-winning THE DAUGHTER, and alongside Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett in TRUTH. Playing the role of Timmy is Jack Ruwald (10) who last year was cast in Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush’s Sydney Theatre Company’s critically acclaimed play ALL MY SONS.
THE SCHOOL is scheduled for delivery in October. CMG will be screening the new promo for the horror film at the the Marché du Film. Guardian will be joining CMG in handling sales of THE SCHOOL in Cannes as well as other upcoming CMG titles.
Blake Northfield and Jim Robison are producers on the film, and Phil Hunt and Compton Ross at Headgear Films (BLACK MASS, BELLE) are executive producers. Earlier this year, international sales company Cinema Management Group (CMG) acquired worldwide sales rights, excluding Australia and New Zealand.