It's kind of remarkable to me that Australian filmmakers have a knack for taking some of the most tired film plots and combining them with a distinctive sense of humor. Movies like Strictly Ballroom, Muriel's Wedding, and even it's "Hollywood cousin" My Best Friends Wedding (both directed by P.J Hogan) were movies that, normally, you couldn't pay me to sit through, but for some reason, those Aussies just seem to know how make it work. Which makes me think there might be some promise in the next project for Shine director Scott Hicks.

The Hollywood Reporter announced that Hicks had signed on for his first Australian production since the Oscar winning Shine. On board to produce is Southern Light Films and they have already made a deal with BBC Films. The Boys Are Back in Town will center on a twice-divorced single father and sportswriter who has the duties of fatherhood thrust upon him when he's forced to raise his two sons. If you are a fan of English crime television, you might be happy to know that Prime Suspect writer Alan Cubitt is penning the script based on real-life UK sportswriter Simon Carr.

On paper the film might not sound earth-shattering, but Hicks has proven himself to be a talented director, and I hope that quirky Aussie perspective can help fight off any of the usual feel-good movie clichés.
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