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KANGAROO marks First Local AUS / NZ Production for STUDIOCANAL

May 11th, 2022

Image left to right: Writer Harry Cripps, Director Kate Woods, Producers Louise Smith and Marian Macgowan.

STUDIOCANAL announce KANGAROO. The first local AUS / NZ production from STUDIOCANAL is inspired by the real-life story of The Kangaroo Sanctuary founder Chris ‘Brolga’ Barns, who has been saving and raising baby kangaroos in Central Australia since 2005.

STUDIOCANAL will commence worldwide sales at Cannes.

Kate Woods is attached to direct. Best known for Netflix hit series The Umbrella Academy and Peacock’s The Lost Symbol based on Dan Brown’s best-selling book. Recent work also includes The Good Lord Bird created, written by, and starring Ethan Hawke, Netflix original series The Messiah, Home Before Dark for Apple+ and Looking for Alibrandi, Woods’ feature film debut.

KANGAROO is written by Harry Cripps (The Dry, Penguin Bloom, Back to the Outback). Produced by Marian Macgowan (The Great, Two Hands, Blessed, South Solitary and The Rage in Placid Lake) and Louise Smith (The End, Dance Academy, The Square and The Rage in Placid Lake).

KANGAROO  is a heart-warming family comedy about down-on-his-luck pro surfer Chris Matherson who becomes stranded in an Outback town after a car accident. There, he teams up with 11-year-old Indigenous girl Charlie, the pair form an unlikely friendship working together to rescue and rehabilitate orphaned joeys (baby kangaroos) in the remote but stunning Outback community. An endeavour that proves to be life-changing for both.

KANGAROO will be shooting on location in the Northern Territory of Australia, widely considered to be the spiritual heart of Australia.


CEO STUDIOCANAL Australia and New Zealand Elizabeth Trotman comments:

“We are so excited to embark on our first local production with KANGAROO. This is such a wonderful project that will capture the hearts of audiences worldwide. We can’t wait to bring this story inspired by the life of  Chris Barns to the big screen and to tell this uniquely heart-warming Australian tale with our exceptional filmmaking team.” 

Director Kate Woods adds:

“I am thrilled to be working on this warm hearted and delightful comedy about finding one’s place and purpose in the world. I can’t wait to work with the stars of the film – the kangaroos! As an Australian filmmaker it means so much to me to showcase my homeland in a fresh and exciting way.”

KANGAROO is a pivotal move for STUDIOCANAL which finances and produces 30 films a year in several languages. STUDIOCANAL’s biggest successes include PADDINGTON 1 & 2, TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY, NON-STOP, THE STRONGHOLD, BLACKBOX and A BOY CALLED CHRISTMAS.