ANZMEX is pleased to announce the develpoment of the feature film SENTIDO.
SENTIDO is an international film, a significant collaboration between Australia and Mexico. The film, currently at financing stage, is a gripping and emotional coming-of-age drama: the story of a young Australian of Mexican heritage who embarks on a trip to Mexico in search of his cultural roots and identity.
The film will star renowned Mexican actor Daniel Giménez Cacho, widely known for his performances under the direction of some of the most important filmmakers of the Hispanic world, such as Guillermo Del Toro, Alfonso Cuarón, Jorge Fons and Pedro Almodóvar. Among his credits are Cronos, Tear This Heart Out and Bad Education.
Leading Australian independent film distributor, Transmission Films - whose releases include The King’s Speech, An Education, The Painted Veil, Quartet and New Zealand’s smash hit Boy - have secured Australia & New Zealand territories for SENTIDO.
The screenplay, by debut Australian writer-director Andrew Lawrence, has been developed with the assistance of Screen Australia and Screen NSW’s AURORA, a prestigious Australian Government program to bring original scripts to the screen. “With the screenplay now completed, Andrew and his producer Monique de Groot have evolved into a resilient team who reinforce inspiration with practicality. I am confident that Andrew’s dedication, discipline and intelligence will result in a substancial achievement, the foundation stone of an enduring career as a filmmaker” says executive producer Al Clark.
Al Clark has an abiding interest in the discovery of new talent, having produced the debut features of Andrew Dominik, John Polson and Patrick Hughes, as well as giving early starring roles to Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Eric Bana, Joel Edgerton and Ryan Kwanten. Al has 30 years’ experience as a film producer, first in the UK – where his credits include Nineteen Eighty-Four, Absolute Beginners and Gothic – and then in Australia. His Australian films – which have been selected for most major festivals and distributed worldwide – include The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Chopper, Siam Sunset, The Hard Word, Razzle Dazzle, Blessed and Red Hill. Priscilla remains one of the most successful Australian films of all time.
Monique de Groot - the young Australian producer of SENTIDO and a tireless promoter of the film - has lived in Mexico during the development, and is now fluent in Spanish. She has worked continuously since graduating from Sydney’s Macquarie University in 2005, graduating with distinction in her Bachelor Degree in Media and was awarded "Outstanding Achievement" for her achievement in film production. She has produced eight short films, a one-hour documentary for television and has worked in production on various feature films, including developing a close working relationship for many years with experienced Australian producers, Al Clark and Andrena Finlay (both executive producers of SENTIDO). Monique was one of few selected to participate in SPAAmart, an international film financing and pitching market; and AURORA a one-year script workshop, where her team was mentored by Hollywood screenwriter Syd Field and Oscar-winning producer Christine Vachon. In 2011, Monique was recognised as the “Breakthrough Filmmaker” from the State of New South of Wales by the Screen Producers Association of Australia and the Motion Picture Association.
Monique says,“SENTIDO is completely distinctive because it is the flip side of most Australian features. It examines multi-cultural Australia and the Australian abroad, and will takes its international audience into the magical and magnetic world of Mexico in a way that presents a wonderful opportunity for cross-promotion between two geographically distant countries”.
After several years of development, the project has received an official Letter of Interest for finance from Screen Australia (the Federal Government's primary agency for supporting Australian screen production); and a commitment from a Mexican private sector investor through EFICINE 189 - Mexico’s tax incentive to support the screen industry. Monique is currently working with ANZMEX and the Australian Embassy in Mexico towards securing a coproduction agreement between Australia and Mexico to streamline facilitation of film productions in the future. For investor information on SENTIDO, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Images Attached: Australian Creative team: Executive producers Al Clark, Andrena Finlay, producer Monique de Groot, writer/director Andrew Lawrence