AWARD-winning author and screenwriter, Robert Macklin, and former Shanghai producer, Cindy Jia Li, are planning a film about Australia’s only Chinese bushranger, Sam Pu.
The film, called “Aodaliya Gold”, is to be set at Gooromon Park Riding Centre in the hills of Hall. “Aodaliya” is Mandarin for “Australia”.
Pu came to Australia during the Gold Rush of the 1860s. Here he fell in love with an Australian girl, Emma Golding, but ran foul of the law at a time when there were vicious anti-Chinese riots on the goldfields.
With a budget of more than $20 million and the likelihood of a general release in China and elsewhere overseas, Macklin and Li are optimistic about the enterprise, which has been undertaken in partnership with Canberra production house, Silver Sun Pictures.
“We are very lucky that Cindy Li has recently relocated to Canberra,” Macklin enthuses. “She has worked with some of the top film people in China.”
Macklin, who some years ago embarked on a filmmaking project about local bushrangers, told “CityNews” the trailer would be filmed at Gooromon Park next month and used to secure the additional funding for the project, which is supported by ScreenACT.