Blethyn lands lead in comic ‘Clubland’

Pic secured financing from Oz's Film Financing Corp.

SYDNEY — Brenda Blethyn is heading for “Clubland,” playing a raucous English comedian who causes a stir when she entertains auds at Sydney clubs.

Blethyn’s character poses a dilemma for her 20-year-old son, who must choose between the mother who raised him on her own and his feisty new girlfriend.

The U.K.’s MovieHouse Entertainment and Oz distrib Palace are aboard the pic, which secured funding Friday from Film Finance Corp. Australia.

Scripted by Keith Thompson, film will be directed by Cherie Nowlan (“Thank God He Met Lizzie”) and produced by Rosemary Blight.

The FFC board also greenlit investment in the first feature-length docu in its film strand, writer-director Lawrence Johnston’s “Night,” which will explore nocturnal pleasures, fears and dangers.

Both projects were approved under the agency’s new evaluation process.

The FFC committed funds to animated TV series “Deadly,” produced by Suzanne Ryan for the Nine Network, with David Evans directing and Yoram Gross’ Geoff Watson as exec producer; and “Streetsmartz,” a 13-part skein following the adventures of a wannabe music entrepreneur and his friends and family, from West Australian producer Paul Barron.

Separately, the FFC said Friday that Ross Pearson has been tapped for the newly created position of chief commercial officer. Pearson’s resume includes stints at Television Media Services and law firm Atanaskovic Hartnell.

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