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The exodus of actors from International Casting Services (Ics) continues as the agency founded 52 years ago by the late Gloria Payten prepares to shut its doors.
Melina McKenna, who was a senior agent at Ics, joined Lmcm on June 4, and Martin Sacks, Kris McQuade, Helen Dallimore, Erica Lovell, Jo Turner, Nick Simpson-Deeks, Edmund Lembke-Hogan, Kip Gamblin and Nathan O.Keefe crossed from Ics to Lmcm.
After McKenna departed Pauline Lee, »
- Don Groves
As talent agency International Casting Services (Ics) prepares to shut its doors after 52 years, many of the actors it has represented have found new homes,
Former Ics clients Martin Sacks, Kris McQuade, Helen Dallimore, Erica Lovell, Jo Turner, Nick Simpson-Deeks, Edmund Lembke-Hogan, Kip Gamblin and Nathan O.Keefe have all crossed to Lisa Mann Creative Management (Lmcm).
Rachel Blake and Tony Martin have joined Rgm, John Waters signed with Marquee and Debra Lawrance has gone to Creative Representation. As If reported previously, Abe Forsythe signed with United Management and John Batchelor moved to Rgm. Some other Ics clients have told industry colleagues they have yet to decide what to do.
Melina McKenna, who was a senior agent at Ics, joined Lmcm on June 4. There are differing accounts of the circumstances leading to the decision to close Ics. Lisa Mann told If on May 24, .When Melina was offered senior agent »
- Don Groves
Zombie Western Bullets for the Dead is due to roll in Queensland in July, the first in a slate of low-budget genre films from a new joint venture between Cathy Overett.s Brisbane-based Cathartic Pictures and UK sales agent Stealth Media Group.
Overett told If the aim is to produce two or three films a year, each budgeted at $3 million, using the 40 per cent Australian producer tax offset, which Stealth will sell internationally. The $2 million Bullets for the Dead marks the feature debut of Australian writers-directors Joshua C. Birch and Michael Du-Shane, developed from a 3-minute film, 26 Bullets Dead, which they shot in 2011 when they were students at the Griffith Film School.
The plot revolves around a bounty hunter (Christopher Sommers) who escorts a fiery young woman (Kathryn Beck) and her gang of misfits to the sheriff. En route he discovers the remains of a massacre and rescues its sole survivor, »
- Don Groves
One of Australia.s longest-established talent agencies, International Casting Services (Ics), is closing its doors.
Other agents expressed sadness and surprise that the agency founded by the late Gloria Payten in 1961 is going out of business.
Ics represented dozens of Australian artists working in film, television, theatre, radio and commercial media platforms. Its creatives department looked after choreographers, cinematographers, designers, directors and writers while Ics Voices provided talent for TV and radio commercials, documentaries, corporate presentations, book readings and business events.
According to the agency.s website its roster included Jacki Weaver (who now works mostly in the Us, where she.s repped by ICM Partners, Elevate Entertainment and Felker Tocezk), Kris McQuade, John Waters, Martin Sacks, Rachel Blake, Helen Morse, Drew Forsythe, John Gaden, Tony Martin, Philip Quast, Debra Lawrance and Lorna Lesley.
Word of Ics.s demise spread on Monday after the Darlinghurst-based agency sent emails to its clients advising of the closure, »
- Don Groves
Title: Cherry Tree Lane Directed by: Paul Andrew Williams Starring: Rachael Blake, Tom Butcher, Jumayn Hunter, Ashley Chin Running time: 77 minutes, Not Rated Special Features: None Michael and Christine are having a quiet dinner at home while their son is out for the evening. When Michael answers a knock at the door, their lives are changed forever when a trio of violent strangers enters, beat the couple and wait for the son to return home. I’m not even going to bother with a bunch of insults because this movie was awful. For the majority of the hour and 17 minutes I had to sit through a bunch of inane [ Read More ]
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Screen Australia says it has not mismanaged its finances by spending its annual production funding in just six months - a state of affairs which it says reflects the strength of the local film industry.
The government screen agency revealed in mid-December 2012 that it had spent its entire annual $42 million drama production allocation due to the unprecedented number of quality feature film and television projects seeking support. The shock announcement was reminiscent of the agency's abrupt decision to cut its investment cap in 2009 while several films were mid-financed. That decision.threw several major Australian productions into dissaray including The Tree and the biggest box office hit of.2010, Tomorrow When the War Began (Omnilab Media had to increase its investment at the last minute to ensure production).
Overspending on such a scale has never occurred before, even going back to the era of Screen Australia.s predecessor funding arm, the Film Finance Corporation. »
- Brendan Swift
Cherry Tree Lane Directed by Paul Andrew Williams Starring: Rachael Blake, Tom Butcher, Jumayn Hunter, Ashley Chin, Sonny Muslim Runtime: 77 Minutes Films like Cherry Tree Lane are diamonds in the rough. For every horror film that’s released a year, few are actually noteworthy, while most settle for being so-bad-it’s-good (or bad) schlock. Yet when one comes along that shows true talent and ambition, it deserves to be praised. While not a perfect film, Cherry Tree Lane showcases Paul Andrew Williams strong directorial abilities. Williams has turned in a tense, gripping thriller that’s a far cut above the rest. Williams is the reason Cherry Tree Lane works, although he does [ Read More ]
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Sydney -- French actress Emmanuelle Béart (A Heart in Winter, Nathalie) will play a French S&M mistress opposite young Australian actor Harrison Gilbertson (Haunt, Beneath Hill 60 and Conspiracy 365) and Rachael Blake in Stephen Lance’s debut feature, My Mistress. The story, developed by Lance and written by Gerard Lee – Jane Campion’s co-writer on her upcoming TV series Top Of The Lake -- follows a beautiful and strangely innocent affair between a vulnerable teenage romantic and a French S&M mistress, which ultimately turns dangerous. Leanne Tonkes of Mini Studios and Steve Kearney will produce the contemporary drama. Robyn Kershaw (Bran
- Pip Bulbeck
Actor Bill Pullman says that a sequel to the mid-90's alien invasion epic might go ahead with or without Will Smith's involvement. Speaking about the film recently, it sounds like he's been filled in on the plans and the fate of his U.S. President character from the first film:
He says: "The Will Smith part of it may be ongoing but I think there’s strategies for both. I like what I have to do in both of them. I’m not in an old age home in a wheelchair being wheeled out for one more moment. It’s a very interesting conception of what happens to Whitmore between then and when it picks back up." [Source: The Playlist]
Into the Forest
Ellen Page is attached to a film adaptation of Jean Hegland's post-apocalyptic novel "Into the Forest."
The story follows two teenage sisters who live alone in »
- Garth Franklin
The film received Screen Australia funding in November. It’s directed by Stephen Lance and written by Top of the Lake’s Gerard Lee with production by Bran Nue Dae’s Robyn Kershaw and distributed by Transmission Films.
Internationally acclaimed French actress Emmanuelle Béart (A Heart in Winter, Nathalie, Manon of the Spring, Mission: Impossible) will join one of Australia’s rising international stars, AFI Award‐winning Harrison Gilbertson (U.S. independent film Haunt – in the title role opposite Jacki Weaver, Accidents Happen, Blessed, Beneath Hill 60, Conspiracy 365) and AFI Award‐winning actress Rachael Blake (Sleeping Beauty, Lantana, Hawke) in the seductive and touching new film My Mistress.
What starts as a beautiful and strangely innocent »
- Colin Delaney
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