Oz funder backs Pattinson actioner

'Felony,' 'Healing' land Screen Australia coin

SYDNEY — Futuristic western “The Rover” starring Robert Pattinson tops the latest list of pics backed by Screen Australia, which announced a A$20 million ($20.6 million) round of funding on Thursday.

Pic will be helmed and penned by Aussie David Michod, the talent behind “Animal Kingdom,” and tells the story of a loner who takes on a band of criminals in the desert after they steal the last thing of value to him. Pic is produced by Michod and “Animal Kingdom” co-producer Liz Watts.

The other pics backed by the screen org are “Felony,” a drama from thesp-scribe and Michod collaborator Joel Edgerton and helmer Matthew Saville; Anna Broinowski’s “Aim High in Creation,” a docudrama celebrating the filmmaking of the late North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il; and “Healing,” a prison drama from helmer Craig Monahan starring Hugo Weaving.

Screen Australia’s topper Ruth Harley said: “These four highly engaging and diverse Australian stories have huge potential. ‘The Rover’ is a powerful well-crafted script from a talented team with an impressive cast. ‘Aim High in Creation’ is a distinctive, ambitious film with a humorous and entertaining story. ‘Felony’ has international breakout potential and ‘Healing’ promises to be a highly emotional and moving story on screen.”

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