He has the film industry at his fingertips, but here’s why Joel Edgerton just wants to call Australia home.
Joel Edgerton may have started out on the Australian small screen but with roles in acclaimed Hollywood films such as Zero Dark Thirty and The Great Gatsby nobody would have been surprised if he’d forsaken the land of green and gold for good.
But Edgerton is not your typical big screen star. By day he would work with the likes of Baz Luhrmann and Ridley Scott but by night he would concentrate on a small labour of love that has now been released in Australia as the new thriller FELONY.
The movie follows three detectives who become embroiled in a tense struggle after a tragic accident that leaves a child in critical condition. Edgerton wrote, produced and starred in the drama which co-stars Tom Wilkinson, Jai Courtney and Melissa George.
“In my 20s I went through a moment of understanding that I could cause damage,” he says. “I had an accident. Life is full of grey areas and that’s what the accident in this film became about.
“I spent a lot of time with detectives in New South Wales but I will admit there is artistic license taken with the screen play. I did a pass of the script based on their input. The part where the police use a secret password to avoid the RBT is a complete make-up on my part though. That was my chance to make a movie moment. There is corruption that has existed with certain individuals in the past but I’m not saying anything broad about the Australian police community.”
Edgerton will next be seen on the big screen in the blockbuster Exodus: Gods and Kings but when that’s done and dusted he’s back on home soil.
“I’ve got my head down trying to finance the movie I want to direct next,” he says. “It’s important that those of us who have the luxury of working abroad don’t disappear there.
“I know it sound like I’m complaining about my wonderful life but there is a certain exhaustion that comes from working away from home.There’s something about coming home from work, taking off your shoes, opening your fridge and having friends visit. It’s that down time that actually makes you feel like you’re living a life.”
FELONY is in cinemas now.