Screen Australia gets behind Petroni’s new thriller

A thriller by the writer/director Michael Petroni has Screen Australia’s backing.

The announcement.

Screen Australia today announced investment in the feature film Backtrack, a spine-chilling supernatural thriller from writer/director Michael Petroni and producers Jamie Hilton and Antonia Barnard.

The film is a story about a psychologist whose life is thrown into turmoil when he discovers his patients are all ghosts of people who died in an accident 20 years prior.

Screen Australia’s CEO Ruth Harley said, “Backtrack is an emotionally moving and engaging story with a unique Australian setting that should appeal to a wide audience both here and internationally. It’s great to have Australian writer/director Michael Petroni return home to make this film after gaining a number of significant international writing credits including his most recent, The Rite, which took $96.1 million worldwide.”

Backtrack was approved at Screen Australia’s Board meeting on 20 February 2013 subject to several conditions which have now been met.

BACKTRACK
See Pictures Pty Ltd
Producers Jamie Hilton, Antonia Barnard
Writer/Director Michael Petroni
Australian Distributor Madman Entertainment
International Sales Bankside
Synopsis Psychologist Peter Bowers’ life is thrown into turmoil when he discovers that his patients are the ghosts of people who all died in an accident 20 years previously. Afraid of losing his mind, Peter returns to his home town where he uncovers a terrifying truth which only he can put right. Backtrack is a spine-chilling supernatural thriller in the vein of The Sixth Sense and What Lies Beneath.

Source: Screen Australia press release

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