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“Crowe is in Lane Cove to do what publicists call a “long lead” interview for his new film, The Water Diviner, which releases in Australia on Boxing Day. Crowe plays Victorian farmer Joshua Connor, who travels to Turkey in 1919 to discover the fate of his three sons, missing in action after the senseless bloodbath of Gallipoli. Co-written by Andrew Knight (one of the writers of ABC’s critically acclaimed Rake) and Andrew Anastasios, and inspired by the true story of a father who travelled to the Dardanelles to find the remains of his son, The Water Diviner is Crowe’s directorial debut. It’s the work of an actor and director in his professional prime; he’s the best thing in what is an exquisitely crafted drama, one that clutches your heart and has you welling up in several memorable scenes.”

This is an excerpt from a very entertaining and expansive article (the best I can recall) on Russell by Greg Callaghan in today’s “Good Weekend” section of The Age and Sydney Morning Herald newspapers. In an interview with Greg Russell speaks about why he chose to direct The Water Diviner. There is also a video intro by Greg where he speaks about some of the more moving moments of The Water Diviner and muses on Russell’s “guts, grandeur and gravitas”. See the full article and video here.