Blossom Films is set to start production for their upcoming drama, The Last Anniversary, on the BINGE streaming platform.
This revelation was shared by producers Nicole Kidman and Per Saari during their recent appearance at SXSW Sydney.
The drama is an adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s novel. Emphasising the authenticity of the project, Kidman remarked,
“It’s an Australian project with Australian accents for the world.”
The official production commencement date is slated for November 13, with John Polson helming the direction. Made Up Stories will be co-producing with Blossom.
Kidman took a moment to honour the late Brian Walsh. She acknowledged,
“This is his project. He was watching over it. He wanted it. He wanted BINGE and Foxtel to have it, and he fought like crazy to get it.”
Kidman expressed deep sorrow over his absence but cherished the impact he had on her life and career.
The plot of The Last Anniversary revolves around Sophie, who unexpectedly becomes the owner of a house on Scribbly Gum Island. The house has historical significance, being the place of the unsolved Munro Baby mystery.
This isn’t the first time Blossom Films has collaborated on a Moriarty book. Earlier projects include Big Little Lies and Nine Perfect Strangers. Kidman shared a fondness for Moriarty, not just for her professional talents but also on a personal level. She expressed,
“She’s the same age, she’s got kids, She’s gone through similar things at different times. But primarily, I just really like her.”
The interview at the International Convention Centre, conducted by Nine journalist Peter Overton, was especially tricky due to Kidman’s inability to discuss certain projects because of the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike.
Shedding light on the inception of Blossom Films in 2010, Kidman emphasized her readiness to embrace challenges and her resilience after setbacks. “I’m willing to fail. But then I get back up again,” she asserted.
Central to Blossom’s ethos is championing writers, filmmakers, and fresh talents in the industry. As evidence of this commitment, Kidman mentioned her pursuit of Lulu Wang after watching The Farewell. She also expressed delight in giving Mimi Cave an opportunity with Holland, Michigan.
In reflecting on the trajectory of Blossom Films, Kidman and Saari proudly stated their financial accountability. Saari was keen to note, “Everything has made investors their money back.”
On a lighter note, Kidman recollected a humorous moment during their early days of production, admitting with a chuckle that she once “peed in a bush” to ensure a shot was captured before losing daylight.