Arguably Australia’s busiest executive producer, Robert Lewis Galinsky has added two projects to his roster: Delicate Creatures and Leaving Darkness.
Writer/producer/actress Christine Moffatt of Moffaganza Pictures is developing Delicate Creatures, based on the true story of bareknuckle female boxers in Georgian London who fight for gin and respect and a chance to escape the bottom of the class system. The protagonist falls in love with the scion of an aristocrat who had been betting on her career.
The US-born, Melbourne-based Galinsky, who made the 2009 horror/thriller Prey, likens Moffatt’s project to “Fight Club meets Million Dollar Baby meets Pride and Prejudice.”
Actress /singer Jennifer Carreno is writing the screenplay of Leaving Darkness, which Galinsky describes as a “road-to-ruin-and-back” saga set in Melbourne.
Galinsky is writing and exec producing Two Words Colliding, adapted from the book Just A Man -The Real Michael Hutchence by the INXS front man’s sister Tina Hutchence and their mother Patricia Glassop. The producer is Trevor Field. Galinsky is looking for a US or UK co-producer and says he had fruitful discussions with potential partners on a recent trip to the UK.
After a long delay caused by a financing shortfall, Dust and Glory, a comedy/action adventure/romance set during the RedEx Trials of the 1950s, is getting closer to the starting line. It’s being produced by Galinsky and Elizabeth Howatt-Jackman of Top Cat Films with Blue Star Entertainment’s William Sherak and Jason Shuman and Cascade Pictures’ David Parker. Simon West is signed to direct, probably his next project after he finishes the Heat remake with Jason Statham.
Among the projects he’s exec producing are Bride of the Dead, a romantic action comedy about a woman whose fiancée gets bitten by a zombie at a strip club on his buck's night, from writer/director Ryan Eckersley; and Nulla, a psychodrama from rookie screenwriter Gary O’Toole and producer Kaarina Lindell, which follows an Australian soldier, an Iraq veteran, as he sets out to drive from Melbourne to Perth with a buddy, a US soldier.
The Checkout Chick is a comedy about a guy who’s obsessed with a supermarket employee, on which Galinsky is collaborating with first-time writers-producers Janet Xerri and Donato Di Giangregorio. They met at a Masterclass that Galinsky gave on packaging projects.
Another Galinsky protégé, neophyte producer Bella Le has optioned two novels by American writer Jessica Brody, The Fidelity Files and the sequel, The Good Girl’s Guide to Bad Men. Published in 2008, The Fidelity Files is the saga of a beautiful L.A. woman who goes undercover as a Fidelity Inspector to find out who’s faithful and who’s not. The 2010 follow-up details the further adventures of the character, Jennifer Hunter.
Also, Galinsky is writing the screenplay of Final Four, based on the true story of Australian basketballers who played in the US college basketball league. Actor Josh Howlett, one of Galinsky’s students, came up with the concept and he will star in the film together with Chris Kirby.