The Melbourne-based writer and executive producer is juggling numerous projects this year, some with emerging talent.
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9 Jan 2013 - 1:38 PM  UPDATED 9 Jan 2013 - 1:38 PM

Filmmaker Robert Lewis Galinsky is gearing up to shoot two films this year, the Michael Hutchence biopic Two Worlds Colliding and the long-in-the-works Outback adventure Dust and Glory, while also mentoring half a dozen projects from first-time writers and producers.

The US-born, Melbourne-based executive producer and writer says he's excited about the young talent with whom he's working, some of whom had attended his master classes.
“It's been a lot of years of sowing,” he says of the development processes he has pursued since completing outback horror/thriller Prey in 2009. ”It looks like it will be a good year of reaping.”

Galinsky is writing and exec producing Two Words Colliding, adapted from the book Just A Man -The Real Michael Hutchence by the INXS front man's sister Tina Hutchence and their mother Patricia Glassop. He'll soon announce he's linking up with a prominent US producer and the script will then go out to potential directors and cast. He sees Never Tear Us Apart: The INXS Story, a four-hour miniseries that Shine is producing for the Seven Network as complementary to his film. And he believes Michael, a movie being developed by producer Sue Murray and writer-director Richard Lowenstein, will take a very different approach to the subject.

He expects director Simon West to start shooting Dust and Glory, a comedy action adventure love story set during the RedEx Trials of the 1950s, in the third quarter of this year after the director finishes the Heat remake with Jason Statham. Galinsky is producing that film with Blue Star Entertainment's William Sherak and Jason Shuman, who have a first-look deal with Paramount so that's the likely distribution partner, and with David Parker and Nadia Tass' Cascade Pictures. The budget is north of $35 million.

Among the projects he's exec producing is Nulla, a psychodrama from rookie screenwriter Gary O'Toole and producer Kaarina Lindell. The narrative follows an Australian soldier, an Iraq veteran, as he sets out to drive from Melbourne to Perth with a buddy, a US soldier. En route there's an horrific accident in the desert which leads to what may or may not be a supernatural experience. The project is being shopped to directors and cast and Galinsky says a private investor has stumped up one third of the budget and the rest will come from the 40 per cent producer rebate and other private investors. He hopes to start shooting before the end of this year.

On The Checkout Chick, a comedy about a guy who's obsessed with a supermarket employee, he's working with first-time writers-producers Janet Xerri and Donato Di Giangregorio, whom he met at a Masterclass he gave on packaging projects. Galinsky has obtained an investment of $500,000 from a major US-based food conglomerate whose brand will be prominently featured in the film, a lucrative example of product placement. He declines to name that benefactor until the contract is finalised. No director is aboard yet and a 2014 shoot is planned.

Another Galinsky protégé, neophyte producer Bella Le has optioned two novels by American writer Jessica Brody, The Fidelity Files and the sequel, The Good Girl's Guide to Bad Men. Published in 2008, The Fidelity Files is the saga of a beautiful L.A. woman who goes undercover as a 'Fidelity Inspector' to find out who's faithful and who's not. The 2010 follow-up details the further adventures of the character, Jennifer Hunter. Le, 20, spotted The Good Girl's Guide to Bad Men in a Melbourne bookshop during the 2012 Melbourne International Film Festival.

Bella contacted the author and her agent and closed the deal late last week. Galinsky is working to pair Le with an accomplished screenwriter and will help finance the films, predicting, “It will be Sex in the City, Australian-style.”

The Night Market is an 'ecological warning/ love story' created by producer/actor Tarsha Mateus which will mark the directing debut of Simon Christidis, an underwater director of photography who has been working with James Cameron on a 3D documentary chronicling the filmmaker's diving expeditions in his Deepsea Challenger submarine.

Also, Galinsky is writing the screenplay of Final Four, based on the true story of Australian basketballers who played in the US college basketball league. Aspiring actor Josh Howlett, one of Galinsky's students, came up with the concept and he will star in the film together with Chris Kirby (Iron Sky, The Matrix Reloaded). Two NBA players have agreed to invest.