Best Australian Actor Damon Herriman and British-Italian star Greta Scacchi join ‘Succession’ star Sarah Snook in a horror thriller”Running Rabbit Runningfrom the director of “The Handmaid’s Tale” Daina Reid. The film begins production in Victoria and South Australia this week.
Snook replaced Elizabeth Moss who was previously attached, but who dropped out late last year due to scheduling conflicts. Snook plays a fertility doctor whose firm understanding of the cycle of life is tested as his young daughter begins to exhibit increasingly odd behavior.
The screenplay was written by acclaimed South Australian novelist Hannah Kent (“Devotion”, “Burial Rites”) from an original idea developed with Carver Films. Anna McLeish and Sarah Shaw of Carver Films (“Relic”, “Partisan”, “Snowtown”) are producing.
Los Angeles-based XYZ Films produces, finances and manages global sales, having taken over sales functions from STX International which previously touted the project at the 2020 Cannes Virtual Market. Storyd Group’s Deanne Weir and Olivia Humphrey and Filmology’s Jack Christian and DJ McPherson are also executive producers.
The film’s cinematographer is Bonnie Elliott. The production designer is Vanessa Cerne. The costume designer is Marion Boyce. Makeup artist and hairstylist is Angela Conte. The casting director is Allison Meadows, Mullinars. The casting editor is Sean Lahiff.
The film benefits from significant production investment from XYZ and Screen Australia, in association with Film Victoria, the South Australian Film Corporation and Soundfirm. Umbrella and Maslow Entertainment are handling distribution in Australia and New Zealand.
Herriman has credits such as “Judy & Punch”, “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood”, “Mindhunter”, “Justified” and “The Tourist”. Scacchi has credits including “The Player” and Looking for Alibrandi.
The three established stars are joined by newcomer Lily LaTorre in an important role. And by Trevor
Jamieson (“Storm Boy”, “Bran Nue Dae”), Neil Meville (“Five Bedrooms”, “Brilliant Lies”), Naomi Rukavina (“Pawno”, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”), Georgina Naidu (“ SeaChange,” “Newton’s Law”), Genevieve Morris (“Bloom,” “No Activity”), Katherine Slattery (“Balibo,” “The Secret Life of Us”) and newcomer Sunny Whelan in supporting roles.
Reid previously directed Snook in the limited series “The Secret River.” Reid has also directed “The Shining Girls” on Apple TV, “The Outsider” on HBO, and “Upload” on Amazon.
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