Sewell makes directorial debut

'Sisters' adopt cast for thriller

Stellan Skarsgard, Jacqueline McKenzie and Rachel Blake are attached to star in “Sisters,” a thriller that will mark the helming debut of prolific Australian playwright-screenwriter Stephen Sewell.

Saga of two sisters who reunite with their bizarro father who lives in a lighthouse, pic is due to roll Down Under in December.

This will be the second opus from ISM Films, a Sydney-based production banner formed two years ago by Sewell, helmer Martin Murphy and producer Ian Iveson.

ISM’s maiden effort, “Lost Things,” a supernatural thriller penned by Sewell and directed by Murphy, is screening at the Cannes market, repped by CinemaVault Releasing.

Murphy next plans to direct “Babylon,” which will be an Oz-U.K. co-prod with Catherine Bailey, who produced David Cronenberg’s “Spider.”

Scripted by Sewell, “Babylon” centers on a young English backpacker in Australia who meets up with an older man with a shady past.

Sewell’s wrote the Oz pic “The Boys” and was script editor on “Chopper” and “True Love and Chaos.”

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