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Waltzing Matilda.
Coming soon to be filmed in Winton

Producer Bill Leimbach and screen writer
David Roach have visited Winton and decided to film
where Waltzing Matilda was written in 1895 - Winton

ABC Update on the movie:

"Movie makers are in outback Queensland, as planning continues for an 11 million dollar production about the story of Waltzing Matilda.

They've been working in Longreach and Winton where they hope to start filming later this year.

Producer Bill Leimbach says the western-style movie will be set during the period of a shearers' strike in 1895, when Banjo Paterson wrote the famous verse.

He says the movie was to be called 'Banjo and Matilda', but it's been changed to give it more international appeal.

"Like Baz Luhmann called his 'Australia' - we said - to hell with it, we are going to go with 'Waltzing Matilda'," Mr Leimbach said.

"It is the story of writing Waltzing Matilda, there is no doubt about it.

"We will start shooting in Longreach in September, then four weeks in Winton and then we finish off either in Brisbane or Sydney where we do the early stages of Banjo's life when he was at the Bulletin."

He says it's been a challenge to balance "the history with the Hollywood".

"The film has been re-written, and re-written and re-written, to try and get that international feeling," he said.

"It has been so difficult to try and make it as exciting as possible for an international audience that know nothing about Banjo Paterson, or have never heard the song, and say, hey that was a rip-roaring yarn.

"It is a nail-biting western, it is a western genre."

May 2013.

Morgan O'Neill announced as Director of Waltzing Matilda.

Morgan O'Neill is an Australian writer, director, actor and producer. He is also an accomplished professional musician. Wikipedia
Born: April 19, 1973  in Sydney
Spouse Sarah Sonneville - married 2012
Education: National Institute of Dramatic Art