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Andrew Knight, Jocelyn Moorhouse team for WWII film 'The Wedding Officer'

(l-r) James Mackay, Sarah Snook and Jocelyn Moorhouse on the set of 'The Dressmaker' (photo credit: Ben King).

Screen Australia has announced development funding for seven feature films and one high-end television project, plus production funding for three digital series and one Vr project..

Among the slate of features is The Wedding Officer, a WWII drama adapted by Andrew Knight (Hacksaw Ridge, Jack Irish) from a novel by Anthony Capella.

Jocelyn Moorhouse (The Dressmaker) is attached to direct with Revlover Films' Martha Coleman producing. The feature has secured matched funding from eOne, who produced Knight's The Water Diviner.

The film revolves around a young British officer sent to allied occupied Naples to clean up corruption and curb the run of British soldiers marrying Neapolitan girls. The locals decide to corrupt him the best way they know how: with food. .

Other films include Relic, a Gender Matters: Brilliant Stories
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Jungle and Start Vr to team up on virtual reality projects

Virtual reality studio Start Vr has launched a co-production content partnership with Jungle which will see them collaborate on several projects over the next year.

The companies will create commercial work and original IP for Vr platforms

Jungle Ep of commercials Nick Simkins said the company was excited to partner with one of the country's leading Vr producers.

.They.re an inspiring company and we're incredibly impressed by their passion, expertise and drive to be one of the world.s leading Vr producers. The level of R&D that they are undertaking is unrivalled in the commercial space in Australia, and we.re thrilled to be able to provide an offering that combines their Vr creative and production expertise with our directors and creative vision,. he said.

Nathan Anderson, co-founder and exec producer at Start Vr, said: "Jungle is one of the most respected, creative and talented production houses in
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Jungle and Start Vr to team up on virtual reality projects

. Virtual reality studio Start Vr has launched a co-production content partnership with Jungle which will see them collaborate on several projects over the next year. . The companies will create commercial work and original IP for Vr platforms . Jungle Ep of commercials Nick Simkins said the company was excited to partner with one of the country's leading Vr producers. . .They.re an inspiring company and we're incredibly impressed by their passion, expertise and drive to be one of the world.s leading Vr producers. The level of R&D that they are undertaking is unrivalled in the commercial space in Australia, and we.re thrilled to be able to provide an offering that combines their Vr creative and production expertise with our directors and creative vision,. he said . Nathan Anderson, co-founder and exec producer at Start Vr, said: "Jungle is one of the most respected, creative and talented production houses in
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CEO Neil Peplow on Aftrs' remit and the return of discipline-specific MAs

Aftrs CEO Neil Peplow.

Aftrs' new five-year strategy was shaped by what the school calls the most comprehensive and up-to-date national industry skills survey ever undertaken. The report was supplied by Screen Audience Research Australia (Sara) who undertook nationwide research, consulting with more than 500 Australian practitioners.

The survey found skills gaps in the areas of screen business, new technologies, and script coverage, among others. Sara CEO Peter Drinkwater pointed out that "the industry is rapidly changing: tighter budgets and greater time pressures mean less acceptance of failure. The role of training is therefore paramount, with 90 percent of the industry wanting access to more training opportunities in the future..

On the eve of the report's unveiling earlier this month, If sat down with Aftrs CEO Neil Peplow to discuss the school.s five year strategic plan and its focus on outreach, talent development and industry training.

Coming in to Aftrs around nine months ago,
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Virtual Reality comes to Melbourne as the 65th Miff gets ready for lift off

Oscar Raby's The Turning Forest, screening at Miff via Oculus alongside Raby's Easter Rising: Voice of a Rebel.

Virtual reality looks set to break into the mainstream in 2016, with Australia's film festivals leading the way. The Melbourne International Film Festival kicks off this Thursday, and one of its most exciting new sidebars is its Vr program.

In this extract from the latest issue of If, we chat to those leading the way in the new medium (including Melbourne-based Oscar Raby, whose work is being showcased at Miff) to get the lowdown on what's happening in Vr - and what's ahead.

Australian filmmaker Matthew Bate first experienced virtual reality at last year.s Sundance, where his feature documentary Sam Klemke.s Time Machine played in the festival.s New Frontier sidebar..

.I'd never experienced it before, and I remember watching a couple of Vr works and standing up and declaring,
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Aftrs teams with Start Vr and Vivid on Vr Noir

Aftrs is partnering with Start Vr to present Vr Noir: A Day Before the Night as part of Vivid 2016's Ideas program.

Created by Start Vr in collaboration with post production and VFX house Fsm, Vr Noir will run for four days during Vivid at the Aftrs building in Moore Park.

The virtual reality film "experience" is set in an urban setting captured using 360 degree live action photography, blended with computer generated visual effects..

On the first night, June 8, Aftrs CEO Neil Peplow will host a Q&A with the Aftrs and Start Vr crew behind the project..

The audience will hear from the scriptwriters about the challenges of writing for interactive Vr, from the director about directing performance for Vr, and from the producers about the challenges of Vr production.

Vr Noir's cinematographer will talk about the technical challenges of shooting Vr and post production experts will discuss the
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Aftrs teams with Start Vr and Vivid on Vr Noir: A Day Before the Night

Aftrs is partnering with Start Vr to present Vr Noir: A Day Before the Night as part of Vivid 2016's Ideas program.

Created by Start Vr in collaboration with post production and VFX house Fsm, Vr Noir will run for four days during Vivid at the Aftrs building in Moore Park.

The virtual reality film "experience" is set in an urban setting captured using 360 degree live action photography, blended with computer generated visual effects..

On the first night, June 8, Aftrs CEO Neil Peplow will host a Q&A with the Aftrs and Start Vr crew behind the project..

The audience will hear from the scriptwriters about the challenges of writing for interactive Vr, from the director about directing performance for Vr, and from the producers about the challenges of Vr production.

Vr Noir's cinematographer will talk about the technical challenges of shooting Vr and post production experts will discuss the
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Indie Spotlight

We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes release details for Kane Hodder’s Exit to Hell, trailer for Evil Feed, Another, and Terrible Angels, video highlights from Steven Yeun interview with Conan O’Brien, and much more:

Exit to Hell Release Details: “After robbing a mafia run strip club, a naïve group of thugs head for the border to enjoy their bounty. But when they enter the remote and wind-swept town of Redstone, they gruesomely discover that revenge is all in how you slice it. Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th, Hatchet) takes the title role as Sheriff Slade Sickle, a man with an abiding appetite for justice! Exit to Hell co-stars Tiffany Shepis (Nightmare Man, Dark Reel) and Rena Riffel (Showgirls, Mulholland Dr.) in this carnage-filled tribute to American Grindhouse cinema.

Uncork’d Entertainment has inked North American VOD,
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Episode Recap: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - 12.01: "73 Seconds"

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An unexplained series of events occur on a Vegas tram; unexplained until the CSIs are on the case, that is. Nick (George Eads) returns from Hawaii after a seminar to find the joke's on him. The new boss, Db Russell (Ted Danson) lies on the tram floor and Nick thinks he's just a Db, which he is. Db by name, but not a real Db! Nick's reaction to his name, his initials is exactly what I thought when it was revealed who Ted was going to play in the show. Db as many know stands for 'dead body.' The others can only laugh and disappear. Nick isn't too happy to be the butt of their joke and he and Db don't really seem to hit it off - not like Nick and Ray (Laurence Fishburne). Two people were killed on the tram and three were injured. One Vic, Tom (Nathan Anderson) was stabbed.
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John Michael Higgins On Being The Go-To Gay And Season Two of "Happily Divorced"

John Michael Higgins on Happily Divorced (with Nathan Anderson)

Whether it’s his film work on those hilarious Christopher Guest productions like Best In Show, television work as David Letterman in the bio-pic The Late Show or The Good Wife or originating the title role in the off-Broadway production of Paul Rudnick’s Jeffrey, John Michael Higgins is one of those actors you’ve seen in just about every medium imaginable and, more times than not, he’s playing a gay character.

In the TV Land sitcom, Happily Divorced, Higgins again plays gay, this time as character Peter Lovett, who figures out he’s gay while married to his wife, Fran, played by Fran Drescher. The setup? The couple divorce only to remain in each other’s lives. Mirroring Drescher’s real-life experience with her ex, Peter Marc Jacobson, the closeness between the two is the heart of the series.
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