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Sapphires director wins Screen Australia funding

27 November 2014 6:58 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Wayne Blair, Rachel Perkins, Greg McLean, Cameron and Colin Cairnes get green lights for new Australian films, including a new feature starring Kevin Bacon.

The directors of two of Australia’s biggest hits of the last five years, Rachel Perkins (Bran Nue Dae) and Wayne Blair (The Sapphires) have had new films financed in Screen Australia’s last funding round for the year.

Six films in all got a green light: another is Jungle from Wolf Creek director Greg McLean, who recently made his first Us film, 6 Miranda Drive, and has cast Kevin Bacon in this cinematic recreation of the true story of Yossi Ghinsberg managing to survive in the Amazon rainforest.

Perkins will direct the adaptation of the extremely popular book Jasper Jones in Western Australia next year. No cast are yet attached to the coming-of-age murder mystery written by Shaun Grant who was thrust into the limelight when the film of his debut script [link=tt »

- Sandy.George@me.com (Sandy George)

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Funding for first Australian Muslim rom-com feature

25 November 2014 9:04 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

During a break in filming the Sbs telemovie Saved in 2009, actor Osamah Sami told director Tony Ayres and his co-star Claudia Karvan an amazing story.

Sami related how his first marriage lasted precisely one hour and 48 minutes. .I immediately thought, .there.s a film in that,.. Ayres tells If.

Andrew Knight came on board to collaborate with Sami on the screenplay of Ali.s Wedding and Screen Australia has agreed to invest in the project.

At one point Ayres was keen to direct but he has a full schedule as the Ep of Glitch and Nowhere Boys, so Wayne Blair will direct the romantic comedy.

Sheila Jayadev and Helen Panckhurst will produce for Matchbox Pictures, with Ayres, Michael McMahon, Greg Sitch and Nina Stevenson as EPs.

The plot follows Ali, the son of a Muslim cleric, who is caught between his sense of duty to his family and following his heart. »

- Don Groves

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Screen Australia funds 11 projects

25 November 2014 8:47 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Screen Australia announced today it will invest nearly $10.7 million in 11 television and film projects which will trigger production worth almost $59 million.

In one of the most hotly contested funding rounds, six features succeeded. They include Wayne Blair.s romantic comedy Ali.s Wedding; Joe Cinque.s Consolation, a thriller about a troubled law student who tries to kill her boyfriend, from director Sotiris Dounoukos, whose A Single Body won best short at the Toronto International Film Festival, and Cameron and Colin Cairnes. horror movie Scare Campaign.

The other three are Taboo, the narrative feature debut of documentary filmmakers Bentley Dean and Martin Butler; Rachel Perkins. murder mystery Jasper Jones, based on the novel and play by Craig Silvey, adapted by Shaun Grant;. and Greg Mclean.s true-life thriller Jungle.

The TV projects are Shine Australia.s Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door for the Seven Network; a Jack »

- Don Groves

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Sbs orders Family Law

16 November 2014 11:26 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Sbs has commissioned a 6-part series based on Benjamin Law's novel about growing up as a Chinese Australian in a small town on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

Sbs MD Michael Ebeid announced the project, Family Law, at today.s Screen Forever conference while assuring producers he did not expect the looming government budget cuts would force the broadcaster to reduce spending on content. Ebeid said Screen Australia agreed to fund the series at Sunday.s board meeting and that 90% of the cast would be Asian. Matchbox Pictures. Tony Ayres and Debbie Lee will serve as executive producers and Sophie Miller and Julie Eckersley will produce the 6 x 30 series based on Law.s novel The Family Law;. casting is about to start. According to media reports, the ABC and Sbs both facing funding cuts of $200 million- $300 million. Ebeid knows exactly how much the Sbs will lose but can.t pre-empt the announcement by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull. »

- Don Groves

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The Tasmanian Babes Fiasco courts fans

19 October 2014 2:37 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Producer Bec Dakin realises that aiming to raise up to $150,000 via crowdfunding for a $3 million comedy adapted from a John Birmingham novel is a very tall order, but that.s not the point.

The primary aim of the Pozible campaign, she says, is to build a fan base for The Tasmanian Babes Fiasco, which will pay off when the film is released in cinemas and on digital platforms.

It will be the second feature from Dakin (whose debut was 2008 crime thriller The Horseman) and the first from director Zenon Kohler, who has directed TV commercials and shorts.

.We are starting to build a fan base and we will take them on the journey,. said Dakin, whose day job is a producer at Brisbane-based Cutting Edge, where Kohler is creative director. The screenplay is by Karl Maher, who writes TVCs for an advertising agency.

"It's about starting to share the film »

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Three Aussies up for kids Emmys

8 October 2014 1:02 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Three Australian programs, all screened on the ABC, have been nominated for the International Emmy® Kids Awards.

Matchbox Pictures. Nowhere Boys and Werner Film Productions. Dance Academy 3 will compete for best kids series and 1440 Productions. Heart & Soul is in the running for kids factual series. Let.s Get Inventin. from New Zealand.s Luke Nola & Friends is nominated in the non-scripted entertainment category.

The winners will receive their Emmys at the third International Emmy® Kids Awards on February 20 at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in New York.

Nowhere Boys creator Tony Ayres told If, "It.s very exciting to have two Australian shows in one category and three Australian nominations overall. It shows, yet again, that our work is of the highest international standard."

Heart & Soul is a 13-part series about the Sweethearts, a 30-piece, all female soul band from Geelong whose members are all still in high school. The »

- Don Groves

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Three Aussie up for kids Emmys

8 October 2014 1:02 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Three Australian programs have been nominated for the International Emmy® Kids Awards.

Matchbox Pictures. Nowhere Boys and Werner Film Productions. Dance Academy 3 will compete for best kids series and 1440 Productions. Heart & Soul is in the running for kids factual series. Let.s Get Inventin. from New Zealand.s Luke Nola & Friends is nominated in the non-scripted entertainment category.

The winners will receive their Emmys at the third International Emmy® Kids Awards on February 20 at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in New York.

Nowhere Boys creator Tony Ayres told If, "It.s very exciting to have two Australian shows in one category and three Australian nominations overall. It shows, yet again, that our work is of the highest international standard."

Heart & Soul is a 13-part series about the Sweethearts, a 30-piece, all female soul band from Geelong whose members are all still in high school. The show followed the Sweethearts. quest »

- Don Groves

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Thandie Newton, Melissa George Join NBC’s ‘The Slap’

3 October 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Thandie Newton and Melissa George have been cast in “The Slap,” NBC’s upcoming eight-part miniseries, joining the previously announced Peter Sarsgaard, Mary-Louise Parker, Zachary Quinto and Brian Cox.

Based on an Australian series of the same name — which itself is based on a novel from Australian author Christos Tsiolkas — “The Slap” depicts the spiraling aftermath of a man slapping another couple’s child. Newton will play Aisha, a “stressed but philosophical” doctor as well as Hector’s (Sarsgaard) wife and mother to their two children. George will play Rosie, the overbearing mother of Hugo, the slapped child. George won a Logie Award, Australia’s Emmy equivalent, for her performance in the same role in the Australian original in 2012.

All eight episodes are written by “Brothers & Sisters” creator/Ep Jon Robin Baitz and produced by Universal Television. Joining Baitz as executive producers are Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald, Ted Gold and Tony Ayres. »

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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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Zachary Quinto, Brian Cox Join NBC Miniseries ‘The Slap’

9 September 2014 1:46 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Zachary Quinto and Brian Cox will join Peter Sarsgaard and Mary-Louise Parker in upcoming NBC miniseries “The Slap,” the network announced Tuesday.

Quinto will play Harry, a mechanic/dealer specializing in expensive European automobiles who lives in Brooklyn with his family. He’s married with a 15-year-old son, and is apparently “always trying to a pick a fight.” Problems arise when the mechanic slaps a misbehaving child of another couple, which explodes into a conflict that pulls his family apart, exposes secrets and ignites a lawsuit.

Cox will play Manolis, the patriarch and peacemaker of the family. He’s described as a “stern yet magnanimous man” with old world values.

Quinto’s last foray into television was his role in the first two seasons of “American Horror Story” — he was nominated for an Emmy for the second season. Cox won an Emmy and was nominated for a Golden Globe for “Nuremberg, »

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Toronto Showcases Wide Range of Asian Films

7 September 2014 5:34 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

More than any festival outside the Asian region, Toronto serves up the widest range of contemporary Asian cinema each year.

The festival can perhaps thank the city’s multi-cultural makeup: Toronto has significant Indian and East Asian populations. And the festival can be grateful for its large scale, which allows it more room to cover the diversity of the world’s most prolific filmmaking region than smaller events.

But credit also should go to Asian programmer Giovanna Fulvi and Tiff’s chief selector Cameron Bailey, who makes several trips per year to the region and is personally responsible for the selection

of Indian films.

Bailey has been credited with popularizing the term “Hindie,” short for “Hindi indie.” It reflects the trend for internationally aware and financially savvy Indian filmmakers to break ranks with the country’s traditional film financing sources (and some Bollywood stereotypes), and instead use co-productions and private »

- Patrick Frater

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Australian films shine in Toronto

7 September 2014 2:39 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

The Australian films premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival are getting a fair bit of love from critics, and the occasional brickbat.

Josh Lawson.s The Little Death, Tony Ayres Cut Snake and director Sotiris Dounoukos. French-shot short A Single Body have been warmly received.

Lawson.s sex comedy, his feature directing debut, which opens on September 25 via eOne, was hailed by Twitch Film.s Kwenton Bellette as a .cheeky cracking Australian comedy that is filled with amazing chemistry, hilarious moments and clever exchanges. It is well worth your time..

Of the writer/director/star Bellette observed, .His goofiness on screen and well-mannered presence has permeated execrable dross from Australia and made it watchable. His painful turn as Doug, the loser partner in Showtime's black comedy series House of Lies, is probably the face he is most known for, but The Little Death is his directorial debut, and will »

- Don Groves

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Cut Snake Review [Tiff 2014]

5 September 2014 5:55 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

To say an actor is the best part of a film is usually meant as praise for the strength of their performance, not direct commentary on the quality of that film. To say that Sullivan Stapleton is the best part of a movie is, as of now, a statement that’s cause for concern. The Australian beefcake is likely best known to North American audiences for his role as the sentient marble statue that took over for Gerard Butler in the recent, dismal 300 sequel, where pitting him against a deliriously engaged Eva Green shone a spotlight on Stapleton’s charisma vacuum. You could blame the script and direction just as well, but handsome musclemen looking to climb out of the action movie heap often prove themselves worthy by doing more with less.

Saying Stapleton is the best part of Cut Snake would be a slam, were it not for the »

- Sam Woolf

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Cut Snake | 2014 Tiff Review

5 September 2014 4:30 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Out of the Past: Ayres’ Neo-noir is a Pulpy Brood

With a little luck, Australian director Tony Ayres’ latest film, Cut Snake will evolve beyond the festival circuit, unlike his accomplished 2007 drama The Home Song Stories with Joan Chen, which still remains unavailable in the Us. A period piece neo-noir, Ayres and screenwriter Blake Ayshford take a familiar premise down a surprisingly knotty path that makes for an intriguing and apprehensively sweaty yarn.

It is Sydney, 1974, and Pommie (Sullivan Stapleton) has just been released from prison. He seems to be looking for someone, showing up on an old woman’s doorstep, looking for an old friend named Sparra (Alex Russell). His friend doesn’t live there anymore, but an underlying uneasiness about Pommie’s insistence convinces us he’s going to find out where he went. Sure enough, he’s next seen staking out Sparra’s new home right outside of Melbourne, »

- Nicholas Bell

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Two more Oz films bound for Toronto

19 August 2014 2:12 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Rob Connolly.s Paper Planes and Josh Lawson.s The Little Death have been added to the Australian line-up at the Toronto International Film Festival next month.

That brings the number of Australian films screening at Tiff to seven. In addition, Australian artist Shaun Gladwell has been invited to present his projects BMX Channel and Midnight Traceur in the festival.s Future Projections program, a crossover between cinema and art.

Connolly.s Paper Planes will have its international premiere in Tiff Kids. The film, which centres on a young Australian boy.s passion for flight and his challenge to compete in the World Paper Plane Championships in Japan, stars Sam Worthington, Ed Oxenbould, Deborah Mailman and David Wenham. Roadshow will launch the film co-written by Connolly and Steve Worland and produced by Connolly, Maggie Miles and Liz Kearney in Australia next January.

The Little Death, Lawson.s feature writing and directing debut, »

- Don Groves

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Four more Oz films bound for Toronto

12 August 2014 2:30 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Kill Me Three Times, Cut Snake, Charlie.s Country and a French-Australian short will screen at the Toronto International Film Festival next month.

That boosts Australia.s representation at the festival to five as Mark Hartley.s Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films will feature in the Midnight Madness section.

The Contemporary World Cinema program will be the launch pad for Kriv Stenders. Kill Me Three Times (world premiere), Tony Ayres. Cut Snake (international premiere) and Rolf de Heer.s Charlie.s Country (North American premiere).

Writer/director Sotiris Dounoukos. A Single Body will have its international premiere in the inaugural Short Cuts International section. The drama revolves around David and Wani, best friends and skilled abattoir workers who are saving to open their own butchery and whose bond is tested by the arrival of a new worker. The producers are François-Pierre Clavel and Alexandre Perrier.

Stenders told If, »

- Don Groves

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2014 Tiff: Cristián Jiménez, Ole Christian Madsen, Holdridge & Saasen, Baran bo Odar Offer World Views in Cwc

12 August 2014 11:10 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

If you wanted a snapshot of worldly issues then Tiff’s Contemporary World Cinema programme would certainly serve as a whirlwind passport. Loaded in Cannes Film Festival preemed items receiving their North American Premiere debuts (Jessica Hausner’s Amour FouMélanie Laurent’s Breathe , Bruno Dumont’s P’tit Quinquin and Pascale Ferran’s Bird People are are just the tip of the iceberg) Tiff programmers have landed world premiere items from the likes of Cristián Jiménez, Ole Christian Madsen, Alex Holdridge & Linnea Saasen (we pic above) and Baran bo Odar. Along with the Canadian items mentioned last week, Here is the largest section’s offerings for 2014.

Aire Libre,” Anahí Berneri, Argentina / International Premiere

Amour Fou,” Jessica Hausner, Austria/Luxembourg/Germany / North American Premiere

“Behavior” (“Conducta”), Ernesto Daranas, Cuba / Canadian Premiere

Bird People,” Pascale Ferran, France / North American Premiere

“Black Souls” (“Anime Nere”), Francesco Munzi, Italy / International Premiere

“Breathe” (“Respire”), Mélanie Laurent, »

- Eric Lavallee

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Tiff 2014: Sandler, Schwarzenegger, Liotta, Travolta and More Added to Toronto Lineup

12 August 2014 10:40 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

This morning the Toronto Film Festival added several more films to their lineup including the world premiere of Thomas McCarthy's The Cobbler which stars Adam Sandler as a New York City cobbler who, disenchanted with the grind of daily life, stumbles upon a magical heirloom that allows him to step into the lives of his customers and see the world in a new way. The film co-stars Method Man, Ellen Barkin, Melonie Diaz, Dan Stevens, Steve Buscemi and Dustin Hoffman. Additionally, Sundance standouts Infinity Polar Bear and Laggies starring Keira Knightley and Chloe Grace Moretz were added to the Gala selection. Joining The Cobbler as new additions to the Special Presentations field include Olivier Assayas' Clouds of Sils Maria starring Kristen Stewart and Juliette Binoche and Two Days, One Night from Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne and starring Marion Cotillard. Both films made a splash at Cannes earlier this year, »

- Brad Brevet

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Toronto unveils Cwc, City To City

12 August 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Toronto film festival organisers have programmed features from 42 countries in the Contemporary World Cinema (Cwc) programme and unveiled eight South Korean selections in the City To City.

Cwc features latest work by Jessica Hausner, Rolf de Heer, Christian Zübert and Ryuichi Hiroki, among others.

For the third year, Tiff (Sept 4-14) has partnered with the University of Toronto’s Munk School Of Global Affairs on the Contemporary World Speakers series, pairing five films in selection with expert scholars.

The Contemporary World Speakers series is programmed in conjunction with the Tiff Adult Learning department.

Contemporary World Cinema

Wp = World premiere / Nap = North American premiere / IP = International premiere / Cp = Canadian premiere.

Aire Libre (Argentina), Anahí Berneri IP

Amour Fou (Austria-Luxembourg-Germany), Jessica Hausner Nap

Behavior (Conducta) (Cuba), Ernesto Daranas Cp

Bird People (France), Pascale Ferran Nap

Black Souls (Anime Nere) (Italy), Francesco Munzi IP

Breathe (Respire) (France), Mélanie Laurent Nap

Charlie’s Country (Australia), Rolf de Heer Nap

*John Stackhouse »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Toronto Film Festival Adds Sandler’s ‘Cobbler,’ Wiig’s ‘Welcome to Me,’ Schwarzenegger’s ‘Maggie’ and More

12 August 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Toronto International Film Festival added more than 100 features to its 2014 slate today, with pics starring Dustin Hoffman, Kristen Wiig, Benicio del Toro, Diane Keaton, John Travolta, Keira Knightley, Adam Sandler, Jennifer Connelly and Arnold Schwarzenegger among the two-dozen titles joining the Gala and Special Presentations programs.

Contemporary World Cinema adds 51 (22 world preems), City to City shines the spotlight on Seoul with eight pics (two world preems), and Wavelengths delivers 46 titles, including 13 features.

Gala world preems “Boychoir,” which marks the return of Quebec helmer Francois Girard (“Silk”) to the big screen and stars Hoffman as the tough conductor of a world-class music school, as well as Italian multi-hyphenate Andrea Di Stefano’s feature bow “Escobar: Paradise Lost,” starring del Toro as the notorious Colombian drug lord.

Philip Martin’s “The Forger,” starring Travolta and Christopher Plummer in a tale of an artistically gifted petty thief who must aid his ailing father in one last job, »

- Jennie Punter

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