January 31, 2023

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Greta Scacchi, Leila George, Sam Corlett Begin Shooting ‘She’s Not Heavy’

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Greta Scacchi, daughter Leila George and Sam Corlett will begin production next week on first-time feature director David Vincent Smith’s Western Australia-set drama “He Ain’t Heavy.”

Inspired by true events, “He’s Not Heavy” follows a desperate sister who kidnaps her beloved brother to save him from addiction.

George is a fast rising star. With credits already including “Animal Kingdom,” “The Kid” and “Mortal Engines,” he’s now coming off the back of Patricia Arquette’s upcoming directorial debut “Gonzo Girl” and recently starred alongside Cate Blanchett, Kevin Klein and Leslie Manville in Alphonso for Apple TV. New Thriller “Denial”. She is the central figure of “He Ain’t Heavy” as the daughter of Scratchy’s character and the brother of Corlette.

Corlette (“The Dry,” “Vikings,” “Valhalla,” “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”) takes on the role of Max, a troubled son and brother at the center of the tense family drama. Scatchy has had a prolific career with credits including “White Mischief”, “The Browning Version” and “The Player”.

The feature film was born out of Vincent Smith’s proof-of-concept short “I’m Not Hurting You,” which premiered at the Sydney Film Festival and screened at numerous local and international film festivals, including Flickrfest and the Austin Film Festival.

The feature was produced by Jess Parker of Perth-based No Labels Films, a longtime collaborator with Vincent Smith who previously produced his “I’m Not Hurting You” and another of his shorts, “Featherweight.” The new film is the first of several long-form screen projects currently in development.

The production will begin shooting on January 23 in Perth’s south-eastern suburbs with major production investment from ScreenWest and LotteryWest. Parker and Vincent Smith were recipients of ScreenWest’s West Coast Vision Initiative in 2021, with the film project receiving A$750,000 ($524,000) in production funding.

Bonsai Films will distribute the full film to selected cinemas across Australia. Bonsai’s Jonathan Page also serves as an executive producer.

“’She’s Not Heavy’ provides a canvas to interrogate a real-world dilemma that many families wrestle with – the price we’re willing to pay for love; A question without an easy answer,” said writer-director Vincent Smith.

“Casting Leela with her mother is something very special for us. Lila, Greta and Sam bring such an honest and personal connection to our story, portraying a family whose desperation to hold on to each other has left visible claw marks,” said Parker.

“We’re thrilled to enter principal photography next week on what looks set to be a bumper year of production in Western Australia,” ScreenWest CEO Rikki Lea Bestol said.

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