FLYING Bark Productions animated feature 100% Wolf has won production investment from Screen Australia, in association with Screenwest and Create NSW.
The feature-length 100% Wolf is based on the book of the same name by Western Australian author Jayne Lyons. The film will be directed by Alexs Stadermann and has been adapted for the big screen by long-time collaborator Fin Edquist, with Barbara Stephen and Alexia Gates-Foale producing.
The movie tells the story of Freddy Lupin, heir to the leadership of a proud family line of werewolves. Positive he will become the most fearsome werewolf ever, Freddy is in for a shock when on his 14th birthday his first ‘warfing’ goes awry, turning him into a ferocious… poodle.
The pack elders give Freddy until the next moonrise to prove he has the heart of a wolf, or risk being cast out forever. With the help of an unlikely ally in a streetwise stray named Batty, Freddy must prove he is 100% Wolf.
“The experienced team at Flying Bark Productions have a successful track record in delivering animated features with global appeal, including Maya the Bee and Blinky Bill: The Movie, which combined have released theatrically in over 80 countries,” Screen Australia’s head of production Sally Caplan said.
“With a great script exploring universal themes of friendship, difference and acceptance, 100% Wolf is sure to be a hit with family audiences worldwide.”
Rikki Lea Bestall, Screenwest acting-CEO, said the production provided a fantastic opportunity for WA production company Siamese and local animators.
“For a number of years Screenwest has worked with and supported Francesca Hope and the talented team at Siamese, who will co-produce with Flying Bark Productions, and we are delighted to back 100% Wolf,” Ms Bestall said. “It’s great to see a story set in Fremantle that will provide long-term employment opportunities, broaden the skills capabilities of the local screen sector, and raise the global profile of the Western Australian animation and post production sector.”
“We are thrilled to have received so much support from Screen Australia, Screenwest and Create NSW to bring Jayne’s book to life,” said producers Barbara Stephen and Alexia Gates-Foale.
“100% Wolf is a great opportunity for the Australian production industry to work together to create a world class animated feature. Freddy and Batty have wonderful character journeys in this film and we are positive their stories will resonate with audiences in Australia and around the world.”
Studio 100 Film will handle international sales for 100% Wolf.