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Synopsis

In Dirt Music, Kelly Macdonald plays Georgie, a sometime sailor, diver and nurse who is stranded in a remote fishing town with Jim (Wenham), a man she doesn’t love, and his young sons whose dead mother she can never replace.

A reckless moment leads Georgie to an intense, sexually charged affair with Lu Fox (Hedlund), an enigmatic loner, musician and poacher who is traumatised by a tragic accident from his past.

When Lu retreats into the wilderness, Georgie embarks on a journey to bring him back with the unlikely help of Jim, who is determined to right wrongs from his own past.

Photo credit Pelgo (Dirt Music) Pty Limited and Wildgaze Films (Dirt Music) Limited

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Production Information

Screenwriter

Jack Thorne

Author

Tim Winton

Director

Gregor Jordan

Producers

Finola Dwyer

Polly Staniford

Angie Fielder

Associate Producer

Kate Separovich

Line Producer

Sandy Stevens

Key Cast

Kelly Macdonald

Garrett Hedlund

David Wenham

Aaron Pedersen

George Mason

Julia Stone

Dan Wyllie

Jacob Clayton

Distributor

Film4 (ANZ)

Sales

Cornerstone Films (INT)

Key Locations

The Kimberley

Perth

Esperance

Dampier Peninsula

1st Assistant Director

Chris Webb

Composer

Craig Armstrong

Sound Recordist

Trevor Hope

Gaffer

Dan Spriggs

Production Designer

Michael Carlin

Sound Designer & FX Editor

Rob Ireland

Editor

Pia Di Ciaula

Executive Producers

Daniel Battsek

Sue Bruce-Smith

Lauren Dark

Peter Touche

Stephen Dailey

Costume Designer

Anna Borghesi

Makeup and Hair Designer

Zeljka Stanin

Shooting in Bardi Jawi Country and on Noongar Boodja

Much of the film, particularly up North in the Kimberly region, was shot on Aboriginal Native Title land.

There were complexities in getting the appropriate permissions to film from the Traditional Owners of this land. But once we had the permissions in place, our experience of filming in these areas became something really quite profound. The Traditional Owners and the local 5 communities were very collaborative and openhearted, working very closely with us to help us achieve what we needed to

– Angie Fielder, Producer 

Photo credit Pelgo (Dirt Music) Pty Limited and Wildgaze Films (Dirt Music) Limited
Lu Fox (Garrett Hedlund) and Georgie Jutland (Kelly Macdonald)
Photo credit Pelgo (Dirt Music) Pty Limited and Wildgaze Films (Dirt Music) Limited
Behind the scenes image of Director Gregor Jordan on the set of Dirt Music.

Straight from the Director of Photography

“Putting very good actors in very strong environments…”

…is, you know, it’s a dream for filmmakers. The images were just making themselves essentially. We’d go to places where there wasn’t a bad frame to be found

– Sam Chiplin, Director of Photography

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