Saturday, September 12, 2009

'True Blood''s Kwanten to star in 'Griff'

Ryan Kwanten, star of HBO's "True Blood," will act the superhero in "Griff The Invisible," a comedy romance by first-time Australian filmmaker Leon Ford.

Kwanten and Australian actress Maeve Dermody star as Griff and Melody, two ordinary people who need to save each other from their own eccentricities, while also saving the planet.

The film is produced by Nicole O'Donohue of Green Park Pictures and executive produced by leading Oz-based producers Jan Chapman and Scott Meek.

Transmission will release the picture in Australia and New Zealand, while international sales in other territories are handled by Hong Kong- and Amsterdam-based Fortissimo Films.

Production gets underway in Sydney next month in the hands of writer-director-actor Ford, a former TV director who has won awards for shorts "Katoomba" and "The Mechanicals."

"Leon’s script is so fresh and different, it appealed to us immediately," said Fortissimo's Chris Paton.

Dermody can be seen in Rachel Ward’s "Beautiful Kate," which is screening in Toronto this week.