A Canadian-Australian co-production, Zebras, based on an apartheid-era true story of an inspirational coach who leads South Africa's first multiracial soccer team, is to be shot in South Africa next year.

Eminent Australian film director Bruce Beresford will lead a nine-week shoot beginning in March 2010, with seven weeks allocated in South Africa. Beresford, whose credits include Driving Miss Daisy and Breaker Morant, recently debuted his latest film Mao's Last Dancer at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Australian playwright and screenwriter David Williamson (The Year of Living Dangerously, Gallipoli) wrote the script for a project that was long being developed by producers Marta and James McElroy (The Year of Living Dangerously).