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Nov 16
2020

According to Inside Film, the Australian Federal Government has splashed $21.58 million to lure two Netflix titles to Australia: feature film Escape From Spiderhead, due to shoot on the Gold Coast, and eight-part series Pieces of Her, bound for Sydney. Both projects have been coaxed here via the government’s $400 million Location Incentive Program, with the expectation that combined they will inject around $160 million into the economy and create 770 local jobs. Notably, both projects star homegrown talent. Chris Hemsworth leads the cast of Escape from Spiderhead, while Toni Collette, Bella Heathcoate and David Wenham are attached to star in Pieces of Her, executive produced by Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories. Pieces of Her will shoot from January in Sydney’s Homebush. The production has also received support from the state government’s Made in NSW fund, into which it last week announced it was pouring an extra $175 million over the next five years. Based on the 2018 Karin Slaughter novel, the series is set in a sleepy Georgia town where a random act of violence sets off an unexpected chain of events. Writer/producer Charlotte Stoudt is the showrunner, with Minkie Spiro reported to direct. “Through the NSW Government’s Made in NSW fund, and with our successful management of the COVID-19 pandemic making NSW a highly attractive place to film. We are sending a clear message that we are open for business, a safe location to film, and keen to welcome great opportunities to the state,” said NSW Minister for the Arts Don Harwin. “Netflix’s Pieces of Her will deliver a substantial investment to the state’s economy and provide a significant amount of work for local cast and crew along with catering, security and other on-set operation.” The production team will work with Screen NSW, Ausfilm and AFTRS on industry training needs and opportunities for emerging filmmakers.

Collette said: “Given the challenges the film and television industry has faced this year on a global level, I am thrilled that the producers and Netflix have been able to relocate Pieces of Her to film in Australia so that production can remain on track and this story can be told. On a personal level, for me, it also brings with it the great joy of shooting at home in Australia.”

Netflix APAC director of production policy Debra Richards said: “We greatly appreciate the support of the Australian Government through its Location Incentive program, together with the Queensland and New South Wales governments, and the City of Gold Coast, to secure these productions which will deliver significant contributions to Australia’s screen industry and economy. We’re looking forward to working with more of Australia’s great talent and crew, as well as the award-winning production service businesses.”

May 23
2020

According to an article by IF, David Wenham was set to fly to Vancouver to star in the Netflix drama series Pieces of Her when the producers were forced to shut down production on the day principal photography was due to start. He was to have joined Toni Collette and Bella Heathcote in the eight-part thriller based on the 2018 crime novel by Karin Slaughter from the all-female creative team led by Charlotte Stoudt, Bruna Papandrea, Lesli Linka Glatter and Minkie Spiro. Scripted by Stoudt and to be directed by Spiro, the series is set in a sleepy Georgia town where a random act of violence sets off an unexpected chain of events for 30-year-old Andy Oliver (Heathcote) and her mother Laura (Collette), a speech therapist. Desperate for answers, Andy embarks on a dangerous journey across America, drawing her toward the dark, hidden heart of her family. In a webinar with Adam Cook, head of acting at Actors Centre Australia, Wenham said Netflix has assured the cast and crew of all Netflix productions they are still contracted and filming will resume as soon as it is safe to do so. Wenham will play Jasper Queller, a character from Laura’s secret past life. It will be Wenham’s and Collette’s third collaboriation after 1996’s “Cosi” and 1998’s “The Boys”.

Feb 27
2020

According to Deadline, Bella Heathcote (Strange Angel, The Man in the High Castle) is set to headline Pieces of Her, Netflix’s dramatic thriller series based on the 2018 book by bestselling crime author Karin Slaughter. Heathcote will star opposite Toni Collette in the eight-episode series, which comes from an all-female creative team led by Charlotte Stoudt, Bruna Papandrea, Lesli Linka Glatter and Minkie Spiro. Written by Stoudt, who serves as showrunner, Pieces of Her is set in a sleepy Georgia town where a random act of violence sets off an unexpected chain of events for 30-year-old Andy Oliver (Heathcote) and her mother Laura (Collette). Desperate for answers, Andy embarks on a dangerous journey across America, drawing her toward the dark, hidden heart of her family. Stoudt executive produces with Papandrea, Steve Hutensky and Casey Haver from Made Up Stories, and Karin Slaughter, Janice Williams, Spiro and Glatter.

A self-saboteur, Andy (Bella Heathcote) is a college dropout living in her mother’s garage apartment. Aimless and struggling for direction, she is the complete opposite of her mother, Laura, (Toni Collette) who is a poised and well-respected speech pathologist. When a life-changing incident takes place at a small-town diner, Andy is forced to fend for herself as she is plunged into a world where nothing is as it seems.

Feb 04
2020

After her Golden Globe-nominated role in Netflix’s “Unbelievable” series, Toni Collette will return to the streaming platform to star in a series adaptation of “Pieces of Her”, the thriller novel from author Karin Slaughter. The eight-episode drama will see Collette as Laura, who may seem like the pillar of the community in her small Georgian town, but one trip to the mall explodes into violence and reveals Laura has been lying low for years in the hopes no one would recognize her former identity. The violence and revelations compels her daughter, 30-year-old Andy, on a journey across America to unravel more secrets. “There’s a moment as an adult when you realize that your parents were actual human beings before you were born, and that they had lives. I think a lot of kids cope with that information by ignoring all of it,” Slaughter previously told EW of her book. “They don’t want to know that I was this horrible teenager and I treated my mom like sh— and I actually hurt her feelings, and there are real-life ramifications for hurting another human being.” This is a much different role for Collette than Detective Grace Rasmussen, who investigated a serial rapist with Merrit Wever’s Detective Karen Duvall in Unbelievable. Collette had also previously featured in the ensemble cast of Velvet Buzzsaw, which also found its distribution home on Netflix. She is currently filming a role in Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley, which stars Cate Blanchett and Bradley Cooper. Charlotte Stoudt, a co-executive producer on Fosse/Verdon, wrote the series adaptation and serves as showrunner. Minkie Spiro (The Plot Against America) will direct all eight episodes, while Lesli Linka Glatter and Bruna Papandrea also executive produce. Deadline was the first to report the news.