Russell Crowe Sells His Feature Directorial Debut, ‘The Water Diviner’, in New Featurette


The Water Diviner featurette

Photo: eOne Entertainment

Russell Crowe is making his feature directorial debut on a new film called The Water Diviner with a screenplay from Andrew Knight and Andrew Anastasios based on the story of an Australian man who travels to Turkey after the Battle of Gallipoli to try and locate his three missing sons.

Crowe is playing the lead role and in the following featurette, narrated by Crowe, he introduces us to the rest of the case, which includes Olga Kurylenko, Yilmaz Erdogan, Cem Yilmaz, Jai Courtney, Ryan Corr and Jacqueline McKenzie.

The film doesn’t yet have a release date, and I have to assume it will have a film festival premiere and to be honest, I’m surprised Crowe didn’t try and get it in the Sydney Film Festival in June, but perhaps he’s still not done with post production or eOne Entertainment, who is handling UK and Australia distribution, has other plans.

Either way, the featurette is rather all-encompassing when it comes to the story and Crowe’s approach and actually made me a little more interested in seeing it than I otherwise might have been. It certainly has the appearance of a rather large, well-traveled production. Give it a look.