Sinatra’s Oz fray in ‘Day’

Scribes Thomas, Clifton tell story through eyes of young music promoter

SYDNEY — Frank Sinatra’s infamous brush with the media and labor movement Down Under in the 1970s will be retold in “The Night We Called It a Day,” an Australian-British co-production that has secured financing from the Film Finance Corp.

After a run-in with the media pack, Sinatra insulted female journalists during his tour in 1974, causing an uproar that resulted in the trade unions leader blocking any plane from taking the singer out of the country until he apologized, which he duly did.

Script by Michael Thomas and Peter Clifton looks at the episode through the eyes of a young music promoter.

Paul Goldman, whose debut feature “Australian Rules” screened in the World Cinema sidebar at this year’s Sundance fest, is signed to direct, and Australia’s Emile Sherman of Ocean Pictures and the U.K.’s Nik Powell are producing, along with Thomas and Clifton.

Icon will distribute locally, and London-based Winchester is fielding international rights. No casting or start date has yet been revealed.

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