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'Underbelly Files: Chopper' and 'House of Bond' among Nine's 2017 slate

8 November 2016 5:16 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Ben Mingay and Sam Neill star in Nine's new mini-series 'House of Bond'..

Nine has unveiled its programming line-up for the new year, and with it sees the return of Underbelly.—.this time focused on the .untold, uncut. story of Mark .Chopper. Read.

The series, known as Underbelly Files: Chopper, will be once again be produced by Screentime..

Also coming up for the network is the mini-series House of Bond, which tells the rags to riches tale of the controversial business tycoon Alan Bond. Sam Neill, Rachael Taylor and Adrienne Pickering star alongside Hacksaw Ridge.s Ben Mingay as Bond.

Other cast members include Samantha Jade, Gyton Grantley, Marcus Graham, Anne Looby, Johnny Ruffo, Roy Billing, Paul Gleeson and Jack Campbell..House of Bond.was produced by Cjz, with the assistance of Screen Australia and Screen Nsw. The mini was written by Sarah Smith and directed by Mark Joffe..

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- Jackie Keast

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'Sisters', 'Wake in Fright' and the return of Russell Coight: Ten’s 2017 slate

3 November 2016 6:45 PM, PDT | | See recent news »


Network Ten has unveiled its 2017 line-up, with two new local dramas leading the slate; Sisters,.starring Barry Otto and Catherine McClements, and the previously announced.Wake in Fright.

Other new local content includes Common Sense, a news-focused show from the creators of Gogglebox; The Biggest Loser: Transformed; and a new series of.Russell Coight.s All Aussie Adventures,.after 15 years away from screens..

Offspring and The Wrong Girl will return, alongside lifestyle and reality programming such as MasterChef Australia, I.m A Celebrity. Get Me Out Of Here!, Gogglebox, Have You Been Paying Attention?, Family Feud, The Living Room, Shark Tank, Australian Survivor, The Bachelor Australia and The Bachelorette Australia..

Network Ten chief content officer Beverley McGarvey said the 2017 slate was .diverse and deeply engaging..

.Wake In Fright and Sisters are extraordinary Australian stories. The Biggest Loser: Transformed will take a beloved brand to a whole new level, »

- Jackie Keast

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Torres Strait docudrama Blue Water Empire enlists Ryan Corr, Jack Thompson

23 August 2016 6:47 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Blue Water Empire.

Filming has begun in Far North Queensland and the Torres Straits on Blue Water Empire, the three-part docudrama on the history and culture of the Torres Strait Islands set to air on the ABC next year.

The cast list has filled out with a who's who of the local scene: Jack Thompson, Ryan Corr, Damian Walshe-Howling, Aaron Fa.Aoso, Jimi Bani, Roy Billing, Geoff Morrell, Jeremy Lindsay Taylor, Peter Phelps, Merwez Whaleboat, Robert Mammone and Damian de Montemas..

The series is being produced by Aaron Fa.Aoso and Jimi Bani's Lonestar Company in partnership with Bunya Productions, led by producers David Jowsey and Greer Simpkin (Goldstone). It was commissioned by the ABC with assistance from Screen Australia and Screen Queensland.

.It.s an honour to be telling the stories of our amazing people and their contribution, over the last two centuries, to the history of Torres Strait Islanders and wider Australia, »

- Staff Writer

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House Husbands dusts off the perambulators as shooting begins on season five

22 May 2016 5:23 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

House Husbands.

House Husbands season five begins filming in Melbourne this week.

Gary Sweet, Firass Dirani, Rhys Muldoon, Julia Morris, Natalie Saleeba, Jane Allsop, Louise Siversen and Denise Scott are all back, and will be joined by Packed to the Rafters alum Hugh Sheridan.

Sheridan will play Nick Gazecki, a music teacher who makes an enemy of his new neighbour Lewis (Sweet).

Other new additions include Roy Billing and Australian musical theatre legend Nancye Hayes.

.Everyone with a family can relate to the House Husbands and their partners as they juggle the pressures of relationships, work and parenting", Nine.s co-Heads of Drama Jo Rooney and Andy Ryan said..

Sue Seeary from Playmaker said: .We are thrilled to be back again for a fifth series. With such a wonderful returning cast and the opportunity of working with Hugh Sheridan as the new House Husband, this series is sure to capture »

- Inside Film Correspondent

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Hacksaw Ridge's Ben Mingay to star as Alan Bond in Nine's House of Bond

9 May 2016 5:08 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Ben Mingay.

Ben Mingay (Packed to the Rafters, Hacksaw Ridge) will star as Alan Bond in House of Bond, Nine's miniseries now in production.

House of Bond tells the tale of Australia.s most controversial tycoon, whose excesses ran to women, fame, money, crime and everything in between..

The mini-series co-stars Rachael Taylor (Jessica Jones) as Diana Bliss, Adrienne Pickering (Rake) as Eileen Bond and Sam Neill (House of Hancock) as Roland .Tiny. Rowland.

House of Bond is the rags-to-riches tale of Bond.s incredible rise and spectacular fall in the 1970s and 80s as the cheeky, knockabout .Ten Pound Pom. who fought his way from the back alleys of Fremantle to become the richest man in Australia and one of our greatest sporting heroes for winning the America.s Cup..

The series will also star Gyton Grantley, Samantha Jade, Anne Looby, John Howard, Johnny Ruffo, Roy Billing, Paul Gleeson and Jack Campbell. »

- Staff Writer

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Andrew Knight on Jack Irish: "I'm really pleased with it"

8 February 2016 3:12 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Guy Pearce and Roy Billing in Jack Irish.

Asked how he's doing after a whirlwind year, screenwriter Andrew Knight is characteristically understated:.

"I'm alive and trying to construct a breakfast at the moment".

In between film work last year, Knight wrote new seasons of Rake and Jack Irish simultaneously, a process he calls "a blur"..

The new Jack.begins this Thursday - a six-part series instead of the earlier telemovies.

Knight calls the change "liberating"..

"We had more time to tell a story. The hard part was working out where everything would fall. We had an overall story, but assigning things episodically was a constant trade-off and shifting game"..

"I worked closely with the other two writers, Matt Cameron and Andrew Anastasios. The three of us would go away and write our bits, then we'd come back and say - that needs to move, this needs to shift"..

"If you're just writing a tele-movie, »

- Harry Windsor

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Roy Billing slams Meaa's Save Our Stories campaign

17 January 2016 9:16 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Actor Roy Billing.

Acting legend Roy Billing has launched a scathing attack on the Meaa's Save Our Stories campaign which seeks to prevent changes to the visa approval process for imported actors and crew.

This comes ahead of the release of the government's Review of Temporary Work (Entertainment) visa (Subclass 420), which was undertaken to reduce the burden and cost of unnecessary or inefficient regulation imposed on individuals, business and community organisations.

Billing said the union's Save Our Stories campaign was "disengenous"..

"It is drawing a very long bow to claim that taking the union out of the visa application process will ruin the Australian film industry," he said..

"Australian stories and jobs are not under threat as government subsidised productions have to adhere to strictly enforced cultural guidelines." . . .

Billing said one of the key components of the review, which started last year, was to seek opinions about compulsory union consultation »

- Brian Karlovsky

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