September 10, 2009 / 6:36 AM / 9 years ago

Director Bruce Beresford runs with "Zebras"

TORONTO (Hollywood Reporter) - Australian director Bruce Beresford is on board to shoot the Canadian-Australian co-production “Zebras” early next year in South Africa.

The Apartheid-era true story centers on an inspirational coach who leads the country’s first multiracial soccer team.

Australian playwright and screenwriter David Williamson (“The Year of Living Dangerously,” “Gallipoli”) wrote the script for a project that was long being developed by producers Marta and James McElroy (“The Year of Living Dangerously”). Chris Noonan (“Miss Potter,” “Babe”) formerly was attached to direct “Zebras.”

Beresford will lead a nine-week shoot beginning in March, with seven weeks in South Africa and two in Australia. There has been no word yet on casting.

Beresford will debut his latest film, “Mao’s Last Dancer,” at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday. The same day, “Balibo,” a film about five Australian journalists who witness the 1975 East Timor conflict, which Williamson co-wrote with director Robert Connolly, will screen at the festival.

Editing by Sheri Linden at Reuters

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