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Blueback is a feature film adaptation of Tim Winton’s best-selling and critically acclaimed novella. A fable for all ages, it is a beautiful story set on an idyllic stretch of West Australian coast where the waters teem with fish, and a child and her mother live a simple, tough existence.

Marine biologist Abby (Mia Wasikowska) returns to the bay of her childhood after the news of her mother Dora’s stroke. Looking after her ill mother, Abby begins to remind Dora (Liz Alexander) of the stories of the life they shared when Abby was a young child (Ariel Donoghue) and a teenager (Ilsa Fogg).

In an effort to rouse Dora, Abby recalls the time she met Blueback, a wild blue groper. With the threat of poachers and environmental destruction, Abby and Dora (Radha Mitchell) work courageously to protect the natural world and its creatures, with Abby putting herself in danger to save Blueback.

Photo credit © Roadshow Films

Filmed in Western Australia

on the Traditional Country of the Goreng, Whadjuk, Noongar, Baiyungu, Thalanyji and Yinikurtura peoples

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Production Information

Writer & Director

Robert Connolly


Liz Kearney

James Grandison

Robert Connolly

Associate Producer

Bec Bignell

Executive Producers

Andrew Myer

Robert Patterson

Key Cast

Mia Wasikowska
Radha Mitchell
Ilsa Fogg
Liz Alexander
Ariel Donoghue
Clarence Ryan
Pedrea Jackson
Erik Thomson
Eddie Baroo
Eric Bana


Roadshow Films (ANZ)

Key Locations

Bremer Bay

Key WA Crew

Director of Photography

Andy Commis ACS


Nick Meyers

Production Designer

Clayton Jauncey

Costume Designer

Lien See Leong

Line Producer

James Grandison

Underwater DOP

Rick Rifici

1st Assistant Director

Mark Boskell

2nd Assistant Director

Kristan Dowsing

3rd Assistant Director

Chanel Bowen

Location Manager

Aidan O’Bryan

Director’s Attachment

Karla Hart


Dan Spriggs

Key Grip

Greg Stirling

Unit Manager

Mike Montague

Hair & Make Up Designer

Karen Sims

Sound Recordist

Gavin Repton

Stills Photography

David Dare Parker
Nic Duncan

Safety Supervisor

John Fairhead

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