Burning Man shoot begins

18 May, 2010 by IF

Press release from Pop Culture

Principal photography has begun on Burning Man, writer/director Jonathan Teplitzky's reckless, sexy, irreverent and ultimately tear-jerkingly beautiful story of a father and son's journey back to happiness.


Matthew Goode (A Single Man, Leap Year, Watchmen) plays Tom, an English chef with a chic restaurant on Bondi Beach. He's a man behaving badly, surrounded by women trying in their own ways to help him put his life back together.

Those women include Bojana Novakovic (Edge of Darkness), Rachel Griffiths (Brothers & Sisters), Essie Davis (Girl With A Pearl Earring), Kerry Fox (Bright Star), Kate Beahan (Chopper) and Gia Carides (Year One).

Produced by Andy Paterson (Girl with A Pearl Earring) and Teplitzky, the film shoots on location in Sydney, with backing from Screen Australia, Screen NSW, Standard Chartered Bank and the Australian Producer Offset.

New York-based Filmbox are handling international sales, with Transmission Films taking all rights in Australia and New Zealand. Executive Producers are Daria Jovicic, Cedric Jeanson and Sam Tromans.

Jonathan Teplitzky (Better Than Sex, Gettin' Square) said "the birth of a film is a wonderful moment. It's hard to believe I am starting out with such a perfect team of cast, crew and backers.”

Andy Paterson notes that "Jonathan's screenplay was a magnet to cast and finance. He's making a sexy, funny and powerful film – this is mainstream cinema with an edge."

Burning Man was developed through Aurora, Screen NSW's annual screenwriting programme.

Screen Australia, in association with Screen NSW, Filmbox and Latitude Media, presents a Meercat/Archer Street production of a Jonathan Teplitzky film.

Burning Man is expected to release internationally in 2011.