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EXCLUSIVE – (April 30, 2019) – Queensland, Australia – FEVER, a feature filmbased on the unprecedented Bre-X gold discovery resulting in one of the largest stock scandals in history, is coming to Queensland.  

Award-winning Australian Director Kieran Darcy-Smith is attached to direct the film and is currently applying the finishing touches to the screenplay.

Enigmatic American actor John Leguizamo is attached to play the role of Michael De Guzman. 

After several years of research and direct co-operation with key surviving players, Fever will uncover the mysteries behind the stranger-than-fiction story of one of the largest financial frauds in history (USD$6billion).

The film serves to provide a unique and exclusive insight into the events surrounding the incredible Bre-X saga and also acts as a timely reminder of how greed can affect humanity. 

Kieran is thrilled to continue working in Queensland after filming on the Gold Coast last month for ABC Studios’ (USA) crime drama, Reef Break; a project which is part of a ground-breaking initiative by the Australian Directors Guild to feature talented Australian directors in major international productions within Australia.  


Kieran is the co‐founder of the successful Australian Filmmaker Collective Blue-Tongue Films. In 2010 the group was awarded the GQ Award for ‘Creative Force of the Year’, and in 2013 they were honoured with the prestigious AIF/Fox Studios/Orry-Kelly International Award for services to the Australian film industry.

Kieran’s debut feature film as director and co-writer, Wish You Were Here, starring Joel Edgerton, Teresa Palmer, Felicity Price and Antony Starr was selected as the opening night film for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize, and also won multiple awards at the AACTA’s and Australian Film Critics Circle Awards.  

Kieran’s sophomore feature, The Duel, starring Woody Harrelson, Liam Hemsworth, Emory Cohen and Alice Bragga was released theatrically by Lionsgate in June 2016, opening across the United States to positive reviews.

Kieran’s television credits include Jack Irish for Easy Tiger Productions/ABC TV; Wolf Creek series 2 for Stan and just recently Kieran was selected to direct major US series Reef Break for ABC Studios (USA) on the Gold Coast, Queensland.

As an actor Kieran’s feature film roles include — Two Hands (1999), The Cave (2005), September (2007), The Square (2008), Animal Kingdom (2010) and The Reef (2010). He has over 30 acting credits in television and film. 

Kieran is repped in Los Angeles by William Morris Endeavor (David Karp) and Magnolia Entertainment (Shelley Browning) – and in Australia by HLA Management (Edwina Stuart). 


QLD’s film Industry is powered by some of the world’s top film making talent. Amongst its residents are Oscar winners and global blockbuster successes. 

Far from its humble beginnings in the 80’s, Queensland’s film infrastructure is now delivering some of the largest films in the world, such as global blockbusters like Aquaman, Thor Ragnarok and Pirates of Caribbean.

This year, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has officially opened the new $12 million fit-for-purpose Screen Queensland Studios located in the Brisbane bayside suburb of Hemmant. “My Government has invested $12 million into repurposing these former cotton sheds into a new studio production facility, just 15 kilometres from Brisbane’s CBD”. the Premier said.

“This new screen production facility illustrates how we are diversifying our economy and bringing a new wave of investment into the creative sector to create more jobs for future growth. Queensland has been experiencing a production boom in recent years and one of the most prolific periods of film and TV production in the history of our state”.

“Through our people, incentives, locations, and world-class facilities we have developed a strong international reputation for making world-class screen content, proven most recently with Aquaman grossing over $1 billion at the global box office”.


Unbreakable Films is the Australian production company responsible for Fever and is committed to bringing this compelling film to Queensland. 

Headquartered in Sydney, Australia with representation in Los Angeles and New York, Unbreakable Films was founded in 2014 by Producers Mark Spillane and Kristie Spillane. 

Unbreakable Films is an independent studio focussed on the development, production, financing and distribution of cross-platform film content for world-wide audiences. 

This project has bought Unbreakable Films together with producer Scott Rosenfelt who garnered international acclaim and recognition producing such iconic films as Home Alone, Mystic Pizza, Smoke Signals, Teen Wolf and Extremities. 

Producers Gabrielle Almagor (Swing State, King of Beasts) and Kevin Greene (Gladiator, 12 Monkeys, Mr Holland’s Opus) are also attached to the project.  



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