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Safc starts search for CEO

23 November 2014 12:45 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

The South Australian Film Corp. isn.t wasting time in starting the search for a CEO to succeed Richard Harris.

Last Thursday Screen Australia named Harris as the head of its new head of business and audience department.

Over the weekend the Safc called for applications on its website to be sent to to head-hunters J. Squared Advisory, setting a deadline of December 12.

The aim is to have the successor start in February. On its website the Safc says it.s .at the beginning of a new era. Since the completion of its state-of-the-art Adelaide Studios, the Safc and the local industry have developed significant momentum, with record production levels, impressive creative achievements and an increase in the level of local screen business development..

The criteria for candidates include developing partnerships that can drive industry development and enhance screen business; a sound understanding of screen industry best practice principles and »

- Don Groves

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Harris to take charge of Screen Aus business and audience development

19 November 2014 11:16 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Richard Harris. first priority as the incoming head of Screen Australia.s newly formed business and audience department will be to rejuvenate if not reinvent the tainted Australian cinema brand.

.The fundamental core of the role is to strengthen the brand and look at it from the ground up,. Harris told If today. CEO of the South Australian Film Corporation for the past seven years, he will start in the new role in early March.

Screen Australia CEO Graeme Mason said, .Richard.s appointment is a fantastic coup for us . his depth of industry experience and relationships across television and film, both domestic and international, will be invaluable.

.His smart business acumen and ability to deliver strong creative and commercial success will be a great asset to our new business and audience department. It is a bonus to have his first-hand knowledge of working with government..

Mason has been acting head of that department, »

- Don Groves

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Emma Thompson to Be Honored at British Independent Film Awards

19 November 2014 2:34 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Emma Thompson will get a special honor at the British Independent Film Awards. She will receive the Richard Harris Award for outstanding contribution to British film at this year’s awards ceremony on Dec. 7 in London. Johanna von Fischer and Tessa Collinson, joint directors of The Moet British Independent Film Awards, made the announcement on Wednesday. View more Emma Thompson Plays Charades With Jimmy Fallon, Bradley Cooper The Richard Harris Award was introduced in 2002 in honor of Richard Harris and recognizes outstanding contribution to British film by an actor or actress. Past winners include John Hurt, David Thewlis, Bob

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Thriller ’71’ Leads Race for British Indie Film Awards

3 November 2014 5:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Yann Demange’s thriller “‘71” tops the nominations for the 17th Moet British Independent Film Awards.

“‘71” has nine nominations, including for British independent film, director and debut director for Demange, screenplay for Gregory Burke, actor for Jack O’Connell and supporting actor for Sean Harris. Pic centers on a young British soldier, played by O’Connell, who is stranded in an Ira controlled area of Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1971.

Matthew Warchus’ “Pride” picked up seven nominations, and “Catch Me Daddy,” “Frank” and “Mr Turner” nabbed five nominations each.

Nominees in the acting categories include Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley for “The Imitation Game,” and Michael Fassbender and Maggie Gyllenhaal for “Frank.”

Joining “’71” in the British independent film category are “Calvary,” “Mr Turner,” “Pride” and “The Imitation Game.”

More than 250 films were submitted. A pre-selection committee of more than 70 members selected the nominees. The winners, which will be decided by a jury, »

- Leo Barraclough

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'71, Pride lead Bifa nominations

3 November 2014 5:30 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Pride, Catch Me Daddy, Frank and Mr Turner also score multiple nominations at the British Independent Film Awards, where Benedict Cumberbatch and Timothy Spall will compete for best actor. The King’s Speech director Tom Hooper to chair jury.Scroll down for full list of nominees

Yann Demange’s ‘71 leads the nominations for the 17th Moët British Independent Film Awards, announced today in London by actor Jared Harris.

The thriller, about a British soldier on the run through the dangerous streets of 1971 Belfast, scored nine nominations including: Best British Independent Film; Best Director and Debut Director for Demange; Best Screenplay for Gregory Burke; Best Actor for Jack O’Connell and Best Supporting Actor for Sean Harris.

The film first launched at Berlin in February and won the Golden Athena at the Athens International Film Festival in September.

‘71 will go up against Calvary, Mr Turner, Pride and The Imitation Game for the top prize.

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- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Thriller ‘71′ Leads Race for British Indie Film Awards

3 November 2014 3:24 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Yann Demange’s thriller “‘71” tops the nominations for the 17th Moet British Independent Film Awards.

“‘71” has nine nominations, including for British independent film, director and debut director for Demange, screenplay for Gregory Burke, actor for Jack O’Connell and supporting actor for Sean Harris. Pic centers on a young British soldier, played by O’Connell, who is stranded in an Ira controlled area of Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1971.

Matthew Warchus’ “Pride” picked up seven nominations, and “Catch Me Daddy,” “Frank” and “Mr Turner” nabbed five nominations each.

Nominees in the acting categories include Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley for “The Imitation Game,” and Michael Fassbender and Maggie Gyllenhaal for “Frank.”

Joining “’71” in the British independent film category are “Calvary,” “Mr Turner,” “Pride” and “The Imitation Game.”

More than 250 films were submitted. A pre-selection committee of more than 70 members selected the nominees. The winners, which will be decided by a jury, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Which is the greatest British film in history? No one seems to be in agreement

11 October 2014 5:32 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Best British movies of all time? (Image: a young Michael Caine in 'Get Carter') Ten years ago, Get Carter, starring Michael Caine as a dangerous-looking London gangster (see photo above), was selected as the United Kingdom's very best movie of all time according to 25 British film critics polled by Total Film magazine. To say that Mike Hodges' 1971 thriller was a surprising choice would be an understatement. I mean, not a David Lean epic or an early Alfred Hitchcock thriller? What a difference ten years make. On Total Film's 2014 list, published last May, Get Carter was no. 44 among the magazine's Top 50 best British movies of all time. How could that be? Well, first of all, people would be very naive if they took such lists seriously, whether we're talking Total Film, the British Film Institute, or, to keep things British, Sight & Sound magazine. Second, whereas Total Film's 2004 list was the result of a 25-critic consensus, »

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'Threepenny Opera' Producer Stanley Chase Dies at 87

10 October 2014 11:24 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Stanley Chase, who produced the legendary 1950s off-Broadway production of The Threepenny Opera that featured the enduring hit song “Mack the Knife,” has died. He was 87. Chase died Tuesday at a nursing home in Santa Monica, his wife Dorothy told the Los Angeles Times. Chase also produced such films as The Hell With Heroes (1968) and Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970), both directed by Joseph Sargent (The Taking of Pelham One Two Three), as well as Mack the Knife, a 1989 feature version of Threepenny Opera that was helmed by Menahem Golan and starred Raul Julia and Richard Harris.

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The Strain – Episode 13 Review

9 October 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Martin Carr reviews the season finale of The Strain

Time is ticking for Goodweather and his cohorts as they close in on The Master and his minions….

So here is a finale. The culmination of a series considered by many to be average and singled out, perhaps unfairly, for its mediocrity. That Guillermo del Toro, confirmed master of fantasy fare and macabre offerings should be behind this is still the most baffling element.

Neither truly frightening nor engaging enough to warrant my full attention, The Strain finale felt constrained by its source material and ultimately a slave to those limitations. Lifting liberally from both the Nightwatch vampire flicks and Blade franchise, this orchestrated showdown felt uninspired and dramatically vacant. That it happens in a specific location, in relation to a certain character, screams out to me that huge chunks of backstory have been culled. In truth it seemed too neat, »

- Gary Collinson

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Ray Winstone’s BAFTA Talk On Tough Guys, ‘Noah’ & Working With Scorsese

5 October 2014 2:07 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

BAFTA’s latest Life In Pictures conversation featured British screen icon Ray Winstone, who proved a big draw despite the unseasonably warm October afternoon. With no new title to stump for (although he did mention his upcoming childhood-focused autobiography Young Winstone), the veteran instead entertained the crowd with a freewheeling look at his four-decade-long career, which includes prominent roles in films such as Noah, The Departed, and Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull.

While he had plenty of quips about his adventures in Hollywood – including an uncanny Martin Scorsese impression – Winstone spoke passionately about his work in British cinema.

Famous for playing East End tough guys – “My wife asked me why I always walk in a room looking like I’m going to kill someone” – Winstone waxed lyrical about Gary Oldman’s work directing him in the gritty 1997 drama Nil By Mouth.

That film unflinchingly looks at »

- Ali Jaafar, Special To Deadline

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Australian films B.O. scorecard

22 September 2014 10:55 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Barring a miracle or at least several hits, the Australian films released in cinemas this year have no hope of matching 2013.s combined gross of $38.5 million.

Through last Sunday, 43 local features and documentaries had racked up $18.5 million nationwide. That includes mostly small amounts earned by 20 titles that opened in 2013 or earlier. As the Safc.s Richard Harris has pointed out, the results of each film should be evaluated on the basis of its release strategy rather than regarding every film that earns less than $1 million as a disaster and proof that Australian audiences have turned away from Aussie cinema.

However distributors and producers were counting on far stronger ticket sales for the Spierig brothers. Predestination, Matt Saville.s Felony, David Michôd.s The Rover and Zak Hilditch.s These Final Hours.

Only The Railway Man (which opened on Boxing Day and has a lifetime cume of $7.3 million), Wolf Creek 2 »

- Don Groves

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Top 10 “One Last Job” Scenes

11 September 2014 4:02 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

With November Man out, excitement for Pierce Bosnan’s return to spying is at an all-time high for many James Bond fans. November Man, based on the seventh installment of Bill Granger’s book series called There Are No Spies, is about ex- CIA agent Peter Devereaux (Pierce Bosnan). While living a quiet life in Switzerland, Devereaux is ejected out of retirement for one last mission. Although the concept of the “one last mission/job” is not a new concept for Hollywood, it definitely has its place in cinema history, branching out to a wide range of reasons why our beloved characters are being pulled back into their past lives. From a retiree’s last gig, to the bad-boy-gone-good-and-then-bad-again mission, to the revenge premise, mythology of the ex-professional can surely delight and excite us to champion our heroes for one last fight. Here are scenes from ten incredible “one last job” films, »

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Producers urged to avoid the middle ground

11 September 2014 3:36 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Go big or go small- just avoid the middle ground in Australian film budgets.

That approach is being advocated by some industry executives and producers in response to the global trend which sees many mid-level films being marginalised.

.In light of the recent flight of the indie audiences in Australia and worldwide and the fact that indie films are struggling in the cinematic marketplace, there will be an increasing bifurcation of the production landscape,. predicts Safc CEO Richard Harris.

.There has long been a discussion about what has been dubbed the .dead zone. for feature films, somewhere between $5m-$15m.

.Some Australian producers will continue to see cinema as the main game for their film and therefore they will think about their budget in terms of competing in what is an increasingly difficult theatrical space.

.Others, however, will be . or in many cases already are . thinking about making their film »

- Don Groves

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Toronto: Simon Pegg on Robin Williams’ Suicide, Christopher Plummer Knocks Retirement

9 September 2014 10:38 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Simon Pegg and Christopher Plummer may be busy hawking “Hector and the Search for Happiness” at this year’s Toronto Film Festival, but the stars of the offbeat comedy aren’t so sold on the concept of happiness itself. At least not happiness of the pure, unadulterated variety.

“As a destination, I think it’s mythic,” said Pegg. “It’s a rainbow. You’ll never reach it no matter how hard you chase it. I’d be very suspicious of someone who is continually happy. You need the light and the shade.”

Pegg said that the recent suicide of Robin Williams had left him more keenly aware of the disconnect between the trappings of success and personal fulfillment.

“I keep coming back to Robin Williams,” said Pegg. “I think about him a lot because he’s someone that we all believed was this force of happiness and it just goes »

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Jk Rowlings Disses 'Harry Potter' Fan Mad That Dumbledore Is Gay

8 September 2014 1:25 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Years later, Rowling is still defending Dumbledore and her choice to make him gay.

Dumbledore is here. Dumbledore is queer. And you better get used to it! Or get angrily tweeted at by Jk Rowling!

Let’s back up a minute: Albus Dumbledore, the headmaster of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter world (played by Richard Harris then Michael Gambon in the movies), actually isn’t here anymore: For one, the series is over. For two, he’s dead. If that spoiled you, well, you had almost a decade to read that book.

And while Dumbledore was never explicitly revealed as gay within the novels (he never paid a visit to the gay bar in Hogsmeade or led a protest against whatever the Prop 8 of the wizard world was), Rowling told fans at a Carnegie Hall reading, “I always thought of Dumbledore as gay.”

When the crowd erupted in applause, Rowling continued, “If I’d known »

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Industry advocates new approaches to Oz cinema

2 September 2014 7:17 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Australian cinemagoers have switched off Australian films and new approaches are needed to win them back, according to some producers, directors, actors and other industry players.

Others say there is a wider problem: independent cinema globally, not just in Australia, is suffering from a downturn.

If.s story about the challenges facing Australian films in light of last weekend.s openings of Predestination and Felony has prompted scores of responses and numerous suggestions on how to lift the industry.s profile and success rate.

.The reality is that audiences have a knee-jerk negative reaction to local films,. said producer and screen industry consultant Julie Marlow. .Contrast with the overwhelmingly positive reaction to Australian made television. A whole range of factors is at work here [including] cost, comfort of lounge room, time shift, episodic format etc.

.The solution won't be simple - maybe it is 'if you can't beat 'em, join 'em, »

- Don Groves

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Amanda’s Adaptations: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – Book Vs Film

22 August 2014 3:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The third book in the series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, saw the world of Harry Potter get even darker. It also saw the introduction of a whole bunch of new characters including the fantastically demented Sirius Black, new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, Remus Lupin, the bonkers Professor Trelawney, the chillingly creepy dementors and the magical hipogrif Buckbeak.

Sirius Black is one of the most feared prisoners held at the magical prison of Azkaban, guarded by the terrifying dementors. These dementors don’t kill you – they suck out your soul with a dementor’s kiss. Somehow, Sirius has done the impossible and broken out of Azkaban – and he is after Harry. Of course, having been sheltered from the wizarding world until his eleventh birthday, Harry doesn’t know who Sirius is or why on earth he would be after him and will soon unearth a horrific »

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Amanda’s Adaptations: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – Book Vs Film

11 July 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

When a book series as well known and well-loved as Jk Rowling’s Harry Potter books get made into films, it is fairly predictable that they are never going to manage to be wholly accurate conversions. Plot twists will get lost along the way and certain things may not always look the way you imagined them.

With the impressive Harry Potter film series, despite alterations, there remains something totally magical about seeing the world of Hogwarts and muggles on the big screen and the films have, collectively, done amazing things for the British film industry. It also helps that the cast lists read like a who’s who of British actors.

It all began with The Philosopher’s Stone. Harry Potter is eleven years old and living with his mean auntie, uncle and cousin in a small house in Surrey, more specifically in the cupboard under the stairs. As his »

- Amanda Keats

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Why We Never Saw the Late Rik Mayall in a 'Harry Potter' Movie

11 June 2014 6:45 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Earlier this week, we reported the unfortunate news that beloved British comedian Rik Mayall passed away at the age of 56. While he was better known in the U.K., for roles in The Young Ones, Bottom and Blackadder II, he also developed a cult following on this side of the pond for playing the title role in the 1991 comedy Drop Dead Fred. Yahoo! Movies UK unearthed a 2011 interview with the comedian, where he revealed that he actually landed a role in a massive franchise that would have likely increased is fan base in the U.S., if he would have remained in the movie. The actor/comedian revealed that he landed the role of Peeves, a mischevious ghost, in 2002's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, which he would have likely played throughout the eight-film franchise.

Take a look at what the late comedian had to say about how he »

- MovieWeb

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BBC adaptation of Casual Vacancy to star Michael Gambon

6 June 2014 10:10 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor who played Professor Dumbledore in Harry Potter films, to take leading role in miniseries of Jk Rowling novel

Harry Potter star Sir Michael Gambon is take a leading role in the BBC1 adaptation of Jk Rowling's novel The Casual Vacancy.

Gambon, who took over the role of Professor Dumbledore in the third Harry Potter film after the death of Richard Harris, will play adulterous parish council leader and delicatessen owner Howard Mollison in the three-part miniseries, which goes into production in early July.

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- Jason Deans

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