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South Solitary

Friday 29th October 2010, 7pm

The year is 1927, and the setting is South Solitary Island, a remote lighthouse island which is cold, rainy, and directly in the path of the Roaring Forties. Meredith Appleton (Miranda Otto), 35, arrives with her uncle, George Wadsworth (Barry Otto), the replacement Head Keeper of the lighthouse.

She is a “chin up!” sort of a girl, and she needs to be in these circumstances. Meredith tries to make the best of a bad situation by attempting to make friends with the few occupants of the island, including Assistant Keeper, Fleet (Marton Csokas). However, with a little bit of time, Meredith finds much more than friendship.

South Solitary is a gentle romantic drama about the gradual coming together of Meredith and Fleet, two unhappy characters left alone on this wind-swept lighthouse island. It opened at the 2010 Sydney Film Festival & went on general release from 29th July.

Written and directed by Shirley Barrett (Love My Way, Love Serenade), produced by Marian Macgowan (Two Hands, Death Defying Acts) and stars Miranda Otto (Lord of the Rings, Blessed), Barry Otto (Australia), Marton Csokas (Romulus, My Father), Essie Davis (Girl with a Pearl Earring) and Rohan Nichol in his first Australian feature film.

Filming of South Solitary was done on location at Cape Otway Lightstation and Cape Nelson. The lantern room at Cape Otway was used for lighthouse interior scenes and the Radar Station was transformed into a rustic wooden shack. The production company has donated some sets and props which remain on show at the Lightstation.