Julian Dennison (Godzilla vs. Kong, Deadpool 2, Hunt for the Wilderpeople), Minnie Driver (Cinderella, “Modern Love”), James Rolleston (The Dark Horse, Boy), and Erana James (The Wilds, The Changeover) are set to star in the heart-warming and inspirational coming-of-age story One Winter, which will be directed by Paul Middleditch (Terra Nova, A Cold Summer) and Hamish Bennett (Bellbird). One Winter is based on a story by Middleditch, Keith Aberdein, and Sonia Whiteman with Bennett and Whiteman adapting the screenplay. Troy Lum (Saving Mr. Banks, The Water Diviner) serves as Executive Producer; the film is produced by Emma Slade, Sandra Kailahi, Angela Cudd, Angela Sullivan, and Alberto Marzan. Blue Fox Entertainment is handling international sales and introducing the film in Cannes.
Principal photography is set to start this summer in New Zealand. One Winter is set in New Zealand in 1981, when the arrival of the South African rugby team sets off nationwide protests against apartheid and racism. Josh Waaka (Dennison), a 17-year-old of mixed race who has been a passive bystander all his life, is suddenly forced to stand up for himself, his whānau/family, and his future.
“One Winter has everything I look for in a story – great characters, humor, poignancy and, ultimately, hope.” said Bennett. It is at once intimately personal and universal, and we strongly believe that audiences will form a connection to the film that transcends culture, country and era. I feel privileged to be a part of the project.”
“This film is the most personal and important project of my career so far,” expressed, Middleditch. “Though set during a tumultuous time in 1981 New Zealand, its themes couldn’t be more relevant in the current world climate. I am really excited to draw on my many years of experience and collaborate with Hamish on this ambitious project, telling this important story with humor, empathy, and hope.”