20 May 2013

Lead Actress Cast for Australian Film 'Barrow'

Psychological Thriller Slated to shoot Late 2013

Perth, Western Australia, 15TH May 2013 - Australian Film Directors Peter Gurbiel and Wade K. Savage are proud to announce they have cast the lead of their upcoming short film ‘Barrow’. 

Amanda Woodhams (‘Mental’, ‘Cloud Street’) will take on the role of Carly Jacobs, an aspiring forensic entomologist who must come to grips with the night her Father murdered her Mother.

The film is their second collaboration between both filmmakers’ Production Companies (Gurbiel’s Hometown Pictures and Savage’s Encryption Films). Savage will direct the script written by both Gurbiel and himself. Both will produce, with Gurbiel acting as the Executive Producer.

Woodhams had this to say on the news “Having worked with Wade and watched his craftsmanship grow with each new project I'm thrilled to be collaborating with him on Barrow. I'm also excited to work with Peter and other new creatives for the first time.”

Producer/Writer Peter Gurbiel also commented: “This is the second trip around the block for this creative team and I can’t wait to get stuck into ‘Barrow’ – another exciting venture into bold and visually stimulating drama. I’m personally pleased to welcome Amanda on board – her striking presence and keen sensitivity to the material is something I’m looking forward to watching unravel as we head closer to production.”

Director Wade K. Savage commented on Woodham’s Casting: “I’ve had the pleasure to work with Amanda on a short spec film I did in 2010 (‘Hunt’). She’s an incredibly talented performer with a succinct and amazing intensity – perfect for Carly.”

‘Barrow’ is funded through the Film and Television Institute’s LiNK Funding Scheme, with added support from ScreenWest.

The film is already in heavy Pre-Production with Principal Photography to take place later in the year.

Amanda Woodhams is represented by RGM Artist Group.


Twenty years to the day that her Father murdered her Mother, Carly Jacobs is returned her childhood jewellery box that had been confiscated with the police investigation. Initially providing little to unlock the mystery of that horrible night, Carly returns the box to her long abandoned family home where she finds that both time and memory are more connected than she could ever have imagined possible.


Amanda Woodhams’s roles have been praised, varied and widespread. She appeared in the Australian-Canadian television adventure series Stormworld, and the Showtime series Cloudstreet directed by AACTA Award winning director Mather Saville. She played the lead in Nakatomi’s feature film Sororal and recently worked alongside Toni Collette and Rebecca Gibney in PJ Hogan’s latest film Mental. She currently splits her time between Australia and Los Angeles.

Peter Gurbiel has written and directed several short films, including the anticipated ‘One Night Only’, also funded through FTI and ScreenWest. Currently developing key feature-length projects, ‘Barrow’ is his second collaboration with Wade K. Savage’s Encryption Films following their soon to be released production ‘The Owl’.

Wade K. Savage is an award winning theatre and film director. His short films have screened globally. His most recent short film ‘The Owl’ is in Post Production and is slated for a 2013 release. His previous film "Hunt" (2011) screened at the Bram Stoker International Film Festival. His 2010 short "The Dead Wastes" won the Night of Horror International Film Festival's coveted 'Independent Spirit' award.

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