More revealed about Daniel Morcombe movie

Daniel Morcombe painting
Daniel Morcombe painting Mark Furler

PETER Cousens, the film director behind the Daniel Morcombe movie, has promised to make the movie an inspirational tale of the search for truth and justice - not one about the Sunshine Coast teenager's death.

Cousens, who most recently produced and directed the feature film Freedom starring  Cuba Gooding Jr, said Daniel would feature as an 'angelic presence' in the movie - one who was especially calming for his mother Denise.

The film will begin seven years on from Daniel's death and focus heavily on the police investigation - particularly how one young detective finally unravelled the truth with the help and dogged determination of the Morcombes themselves.

As the probe into their son's disappearance stalled, the Morcombes and local lawyer Peter Boyce pushed for a coronial inquest which put the spotlight on Brett Peter Cowan as a suspect, along with convicted child rapist Douglas Brian Jackway.

For years, Jackway was the focus of much of the police investigation.

Cousens said Where is Daniel would feature the themes of courage and determination while promoting awareness of the need for vigilance by parents against child predators around the world.

"Bruce and Denise Morcombe want this film to be made. They don't want what happened to them to ever happen to anyone else. Their message is clear and this film can bring it to the world."

But he said the film would not be overly confronting or traumatic for those attending.

"The horror of the crime is not part of the film.''

"There is a beautiful angelic presence of Daniel,'' Cousens says, speaking of the special connection between the Palmwoods boy and his mum.

"We are celebrating this boy's life,'' he said, adding that Daniel's story had already led to so much good in protecting children in Australia.

"This is a great Australian story. It's such an inspiring story and an important Australian story to tell.

"All great stories need to be remembered.

"Many years ago they were recorded with rock paintings in caves.

"Today the mass medium is film.''

He said the story of Cowan's capture and jailing, years after the crime, would highlight the fact that he picked on the wrong family.

Cousens is hoping thousands of Australians will kick in $25 or less to help make the film a reality. Already $68,000 has been pledged towards the $300,000 goal.

You can pledge your support here

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