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Brody and Neill Backtrack to Sydney

Adrien Brody stars in Backtrack with Sam Neill: Photo © Brody and Neill Backtrack to Sydney Photo

Adrien Brody and Sam Neill are to star in psychological thriller Backtrack, which has started filming in Australia.

The ghostly drama, which is being directed by Australian filmmaker Michael Petroni, follows a psychologist, whose life is thrown into turmoil when he discovers that his patients are the ghosts of people who all died in an accident 20 years ago.

Oscar-winning actor Adrien said: "The complexity and attention to detail in Michael's storytelling greatly appeals to me.

"Backtrack is suspenseful and meaningful. The drama plays out in a nuanced manner as we explore the things that could easily haunt any man: childhood memories, loss. Guilt or ghost, our past has a way of keeping us from being present."

The thriller began shooting in Sydney on January 6 and is scheduled to finish in mid-February.

The director and screenwriter said: "I'm very excited to be directing again and to be working back in Australia with such a great line-up of talent. It's an honour to be working with such gifted people as Adrien and Sam.

"I can't wait for audiences to see this film. I hope they get a real thrill out of it - I wanted to write something that kept one step ahead of the audience."

Local actors Bruce Spence, Robin McLeavy, Jenni Baird and Anna Lise Phillips will also have roles in Backtrack, which is Michael's second film following his 2002 directorial debut Till Human Voices Wake Us, which starred Guy Pearce and Helena Bonham Carter.

Adrien, who won an Oscar for his performance in Roman Polanski's The Pianist, will next be seen in Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel alongside Jude Law, Saoirse Ronan and Ralph Fiennes.

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