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Zoe Ventoura signs on for upcoming feature 'Nesting Doll'

Australian actress Zoe Ventoura has signed on for a new film from acclaimed director Nicole Conn.

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Conn has directed a number of highly praised films including, she paved the way for lesbian themed films with Claire of the Moon, which will be celebrating its milestone 25th Anniversary in 2018, and also created the features Elena Undone and A Perfect Ending.

Ventoura takes on the lead role in the film playing McKenzie DeRidder.

Since her shock departure from Packed to the Rafters a few years ago the actress has been based in the USA, with her husband Daniel MacPherson. The pair return to Australia for acting roles, but have also been building their careers in the USA.

She recently appeared in the Australian TV series Hyde and Seek and also scored a part in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

Ventoura’s co-star will be Kayla Radomski, who came to prominence of the US series So You Think You Can Dance. She too had “fallen in love” with the story several years ago and has signed on for the role of Samantha.

Eleven-year-old Cale Ferrin will make his acting debut in the film. Ferrin was diagnosed with Fanconi Anemia, a rare genetic disease that can lead to bone marrow failure and cancer and is often marked by congenital defects and short stature.

Conn said she was inspired to make a film about people with special needs because of her own family.

“I was told for years people don’t want to see a story about a special needs character. That it was a ‘downer’” Conn said.

“It enraged me, and is precisely the reason why we need more characters with special needs played by actors with special needs.”

Also appearing in the film will be several other well-known actors including Bruce Davison and French Stewart, Kate Burton and Brooke Elliot.

OIP Staff

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