The WA filmmaking industry continues to attract big names with the announcement of a new film — We Bury The Dead — that starts filming in the Great Southern Region in February 2024. Daisy Ridley, known for her role as Rey in Star Wars, stars in this survival thriller with acclaimed WA-based filmmaker Zak Hilditch to write and direct.
A Story of Loss, Grief, and the Undead
Written and directed by the talented Zak Hilditch, known for his work on ‘These Final Hours’ and ‘1922’, ‘We Bury the Dead’ is a poignant tale that navigates the turbulent waters of grief and loss. The story follows a woman’s desperate search for her missing husband in the chaotic aftermath of a catastrophic military experiment, bringing the undead into the mix and heightening the stakes.
Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman said, “The State Government’s Western Australian Regional Screen Fund continues to support exceptional productions, and this film will provide an amazing opportunity to showcase our Great Southern region and our local talent.”
“I’m sure there is great excitement in the region and throughout WA about this thrilling project, which will begin filming in February next year.”
The Great Southern is more than just a backdrop for this film; it’s a character in its own right. Its diverse landscapes, from pristine beaches to lush forests, offer a visual feast, while also serving as a crucial element in the story’s unfolding. The region’s untouched beauty adds layers to the narrative, creating a rich tapestry that enhances the overall cinematic experience.
Supported By The State Government
The production of ‘We Bury the Dead’ has been made possible with support from Screenwest, Lotterywest, and the State Government’s Western Australian Regional Screen Fund (WARSF). Set to commence in February 2024, the film is not just a platform for storytelling but also a significant moment for Western Australia’s creative industries.
Regional Development Minister Don Punch added, “This production will bring employment and business opportunities to locations in our unique Great Southern, which will be a great boost to the region.”
“Projects like these clearly show that our regional areas are willing and able to successfully support a myriad of enterprises including film and television productions.”
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