Academy Award and Golden Globe
(Los Angeles, CA – July 7th, 2023) – Multi-Oscar nominated director Bruce Beresford has been signed by producer David Carver Films to direct The Place I Belong, the story of Moe Norman.
The feature film is a human-interest journey set against an uplifting sports story and follows the rise of the socially misfit savant and self-taught amateur golfer, Moe Norman, from caddie and bowling alley pinsetter to playing The Masters and on the professional golf tour. Sadly, Norman’s eccentric and misunderstood behavior led to his being bullied out of the sport he loved. He became an unknown legend, playing and winning smaller tournaments and setting course records but living hand to mouth, sometimes sleeping in his car or in sand traps at the courses he played.
Beresford, the highly acclaimed and multiple award winner and nominee, whose 25+ films include Driving Miss Daisy (4 Oscars, 3 Golden Globes), Tender Mercies (2 Oscars, 1 Golden Globe), Breaker Morant (10 Australian Film Institute Awards, 1 Oscar nomination), Crimes of the Heart (3 Oscar nominations), Double Jeopardy, Black Robe and Ladies in Black, joins executive producers David Steinberg and Robyn Todd and co-producers Wayne and Janet Gretzky on the biopic.
The production begins filming spring of 2024.
According to Beresford, “As a non-golfer, when I received the script, I thought I would read a few pages then politely pass. My prejudice disintegrated a few pages in. The central character is delightfully eccentric. The story of Moe’s amazing life and career and of those around him, is told with humor, compassion, sophistication and depth. I enthusiastically accepted the offer to direct such a fascinating group of characters and unusual story.”
The screenplay is written by Carver, Mark Bergen, Josh Schorr and Todd Korgan, based on previous versions by Joshua Michael Stern, David Lee Miller and Eric Adams.
In a statement Carver said, “Moe’s was a unique personality and life filled with heartbreak, humor, disconnection, friendship, redemption and triumph over adversity. Bruce’s skill with the period piece genre, particularly in transformational roles, and the simple fact that he makes very classy movies, has us overwhelmed with appreciation that he will be directing our 25-year passion project.”
Beresford is repped by David Gersh at The Gersh Agency. Steinberg and Todd are repped by Jason Weinberg at Untitled Entertainment.
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Born in Sydney Australia and a graduate of Sydney University, Bruce worked for the British Film Institute, London from 1966-72 and directed his first feature film, The Adventures of Barry McKenzie in 1972.
Bruce has also directed a number of operas, including Rigoletto for Los Angeles Opera, Girl of The Golden West for the Spoleto Festival, Elektra for South Australian Opera, Sweeney Todd for Portland Opera and others.
He has published three books, partially about the film industry – his diary, Josh Hartnett Definitely Wants To Do This, There’s a Fax from Bruce, and The Best Film I Never Made.
David’s 30+ year career in concert producing, record label management and music management includes producing concert tours with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Aerosmith, Bob Dylan, Blake Shelton, Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band, Sheryl Crow, Celine Dion, Bryan Adams, Metallica, and Rod Stewart. In 1998 David discovered the story of Moe Norman and since then has been developing the film as Producer and Co-Writer. David cites his 30-year music career skills as a great backdrop to venturing into producing his first film.
Steve has developed deep expertise in all aspects of the art and business of motion pictures over his 30-year entertainment career. He has served as a senior entertainment executive, film producer, lawyer, film professor, law professor, and, at the outset of his legal career, law clerk at the Supreme Court of the United States. During his nine-year tenure at Village Roadshow, the company built an impressive library of nearly 50 titles — amassing $7 billion in box office receipts — including The Matrix trilogy, Ocean’s Eleven and Ocean’s Twelve, Analyze This, Three Kings, Training Day, Mystic River, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
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