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Russell Crowe to make directorial debut with The Water Diviner

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Story by Jack Foley

RUSSELL Crowe is to make his directorial debut with the post-First World War drama The Water Diviner.

Picked from several potential Australian projects, the film will focus on a father from New Zealand-born Crowe’s adopted homeland who travels to Turkey in 1919 in the hope of discovering what has happened to his two sons, both of whom have gone missing following the battle for Gallipoli.

The Gallipoli campaign, which has already been turned into a classic Australian film starring a young Mel Gibson, took place between 1915 and 1916 and saw the Allies, together with troops from Australia and New Zealand, attempt to knock Turkey out of the war. It proved a costly and ultimately failed campaign.

Andrew Knight and Andrew Anastasios have written the screenplay.

Crowe, who can currently be seen playing Superman’s father in Man of Steel, has previously been linked to The Long Green Shore, about a group of Australian soldiers fighting an obscure battle in a jungle in New Guinea during the Second World War, and a drama about the notorious Sydney surf gang dubbed the Bra Boys.

It is not yet known whether Crowe simply intends to direct, or whether he intends to take a starring role in the project as well.

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