The Hon Louise Asher MP
Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business
Minister for Tourism and Major Events
Thursday 24 November 2011
A feature film to be shot in India and Melbourne has won Victorian Coalition Government support as part of the Government’s commitment to building ties with Bollywood. Louise Asher, responsible for the Victorian film industry as Minister for Innovation, today announced support for Save Your Legs, a Victorian film about a suburban Melbourne cricket team and their tour of India. Ms Asher said the film would showcase Victoria’s key landmarks, such as the MCG, as well as reaffirm the state’s film industry connection to Indian film-goers. “Save Your Legs is a unique Victorian story celebrating Australia’s and India’s shared love of cricket,” Ms Asher said.
“The Coalition Government is pleased to be supporting a film which will be able to further strengthen our ties with the Bollywood industry, and at the same time promote Victoria on the big
screen.” Confirmed Australian cast members include Stephen Curry, Brendan Cowell and Damon Gameau. The film will be directed by Boyd Hicklin and produced by Nick Batzias and Robyn
Kershaw. “The Coalition Government’s support for Save Your Legs is just one of the many initiatives in 2012 associated with the Government’s Trade Engagement Program for India – a dedicated program to increase two-way trade with one of the world’s fastest growing economies,” Ms Asher said. “Victoria’s trade and investment relationship with India has grown steadily over the past decade and greater ties with the film industry can only open up more diverse business opportunities for Victorian companies. “The Victorian Government is committed to building better links with Bollywood, which includes a commitment of $500,000 over four years to develop the Bollywood Film Festival.”
Save Your Legs will premiere as part of the 2012 Melbourne International Film Festival, followed by a theatrical release in summer 2012-13.
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