Take a look at the trailer for Penguin Bloom, an upcoming Aussie-US co-production led by Naomi Watts and Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead).
The film is based on a true story and tells of a mother (Watts) whose life is turned upside down when she is left paralysed following an accident. As she, her husband, kids, and mother (Jacki Weaver) struggle to adjust to this new life, in comes an injured baby magpie, who will make more of a difference than they first realise.
It looks like a sweet, emotional little film. The trailer and early reviews suggest that it’s not exactly a surprising one and follows a familiar narrative trajectory, although that’s not to say it won’t hit the feels. Watts and Lincoln, the latter with what sounds like a pretty good Aussie accent, look to be putting in strong performances, too.
It’s based on the book Penguin the Magpie: The Odd Little Bird Who Saved a Family co-written by Cameron Bloom, who Lincoln plays in the film. The film is directed by Glendyn Ivin, whose credits include Hugo Weaving drama Last Ride (2009), TV movie Beaconsfield (2012), and mini-series Gallipoli (2015).
Penguin Bloom releases in Australia and New Zealand cinemas on January 21, 2021.
Official synopsis for Penguin Bloom:
Penguin Bloom tells the true story of Sam Bloom (Academy Award® nominated Naomi Watts) a young mother whose world is turned upside down after a near-fatal accident leaves her paralyzed. Sam’s husband, (Andrew Lincoln), her three young boys and her mother (Academy Award® nominated Jacki Weaver), are struggling to adjust to their new situation when an unlikely ally enters their world in the form of an injured baby magpie they name Penguin. The bird’s arrival is a welcome distraction for the Bloom family, eventually making a profound difference in the family’s life.