Billy Elliot director heads to Brazil with Martin Sheen and Rooney Mara to shoot Trash

The Hours director is set to film the controversial movie about three deprived boys who pick rubbish in Rio de Janeiro

Based on the novel by Andy Mulligan and written by Richard Curtis, contemporary triller Trash is underway in Rio de Janeiro. The tale follows three boys who embark on a treasure hunt after finding a map in a rubbish tip.


The cast will include English-speaking actors Martin Sheen (The Amazing Spider-Man, The Departed) and Rooney Mara (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Social Network) who plays an NGO worker. However, most of the film will be shot in Portuguese. Fernando Meirelles, partner in 02 Filmes and director of City of God and The Constant Gardener, explained more about the production: “Trash is more of a Brazilian film than an English one.”.

Meirelles said that the film will be “90 per cent spoken in Portuguese”. Stephen Daldry described the film as “a kid story”, but adult themes run throughout. Meirelles continued: “[The film revolves around themes we deal with here on a daily basis: unprotected children, corruption and the struggle for political power at any cost.”

Trash will be filmed in Barra da Tijuca and various Brazilian slums, great efforts have been made to build Trash’s set in Rio’s area of Jacarepagua – a gravel mine was transformed into a fake landfill to make it look realistic, but safe for the cast and the crew. In addition, a lake had to be created, which involved finding and hacking into water sources.

Trash is due for release in May 2014.


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