The Sundance Institute has announced that feature film project In Vitro, from Australian writers Will Jaymes, Talia Zucker and Tom McKeith, has been selected for its 2016 Screenwriters Lab to be held at Robert Redford’s Sundance Resort in Utah.
As one of 12 projects selected from around the world, the team will workshop their script with some of Hollywood’s leading screenwriters during the five-day Lab, running from January 15-20.
Described as a psychological Sci-Fi thriller, In Vitro tells the story of a young woman kept in isolation on a remote cattle ranch who discovers the disturbing truth about her existence.
Los Angeles-based Jaymes and Zucker, both also actors, are attached to star in the film, and Sydney-based McKeith is attached to direct.
Zucker, known for her role in Lake Mungo, is a two-time Australians in Film Heath Ledger Scholarship finalist, while Jaymes, who has also been twice nominated for the Scholarship, was named runner-up in 2013.
The Australian trio will join an impressive list of fellows to have been selected for the Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program, including Quentin Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs), Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream), Damien Chazelle (Whiplash), Paul Thomas Anderson (Hard Eight), Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild), and Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don't Cry).
“It’s a really special opportunity and some of our favourite filmmakers have been through the program before us. We couldn’t be happier to develop this film with the Sundance Institute,” Jaymes said.
For Jaymes and McKeith, In Vitro will follow their impressive feature debut, Beast, which was selected for Screen NSW’s premium feature film development program, AURORA. Beast had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2015.
In Vitro marks Jaymes and McKeith's first collaboration with Melbourne-born Zucker.
Congrats, Will and Talia!