5 items from 2015
Special Mention: C’est arrivé près de chez vous (Man Bites Dog)
Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel, and Benoît Poelvoorde set out to make their first feature film with little resources and little money. In the tradition of filmmakers who can’t afford much film stock, the trio settled for a faux-documentary-style approach – the result is a high-concept satire of media violence that would spoof documentaries by following around a fictitious sociopath named Ben as he exercises his lethal craft. While the cinematic tradition of presenting villains as suave, charming, attractive, and intelligent individuals is nothing new, Man Bites Dog was still ahead of its time. Much like the great Hitchcockian villains such as Joseph Cotten in Shadow of a Doubt, Ben is a man of action and ideas. He expounds on art, »
- Ricky Fernandes
Jessica Mauboy will star in a new Australian family drama series for the Seven Network, which also unveiled local versions of three entertainment formats including a dating show from the creators of Married at First Sight.
These were among the highlights of Seven.s 2016 slate announced today as director of network programming Angus Ross said, .We are launching more new Australian shows next year than ever before..
Screentime is producing The Secret Daughter, which will star Mauboy as a part-time country pub singer who discovers she may be the daughter of a tycoon who has just died.
That leads to a confrontation with the man.s son and sees her character torn between the worlds of the haves and have-nots.
Screen Australia is investing in the series, which was developed specifically for The Sapphires star and will go into production next year with Greg Haddrick and Bob Campbell as executive producers. »
- Don Groves
Callaghan will depart as executive director of Shine Australia when his contract expires later this year.
Campbell told If, .This is about bandwidth at Screentime. We want to grow the company and Rory has the skillset to do that..
Callaghan and Campbell will both report to Bassetti, who said, .As a group we intend to significantly increase our scripted and non-scripted output and Screentime will play a big role in our plans. We are very pleased to have an executive as well-known, well-qualified and prolific as Rory to take Screentime and »
- Don Groves
Grab your backpack, apply some sunscreen, and keep your wits about you, because we could be returning to Mick Taylor territory in the outback. Since we first saw him approach Liz, Kristy, and Ben's campfire in 2005's Wolf Creek, the malevolent Mick has popped up again in 2013's Wolf Creek 2 and in two prequel novels, but the rugged killer with a warped sense of humor isn't done yet. John Jarratt is set to reprise his role as Mick Taylor in a six-part series for the Australian video-on-demand service Stan, and Greg McLean, the writer/director of the two Wolf Creek films and co-author of the tie-in books, is developing the miniseries.
A project from Screentime (a Banijay Group company and Emu Creek Pictures), the six-part Wolf Creek series is described as "a compelling, psychologically complex and visually spectacular suspense series driven by a young woman’s quest for justice. »
- Derek Anderson
We haven.t seen the last of Mick Taylor. Greg Mclean is mulling ideas a for third feature about the exploits of the serial killer played by John Jarratt as well as developing the Wolf Creek TV series for streaming service Stan.
Mclean tells If he may produce the third movie while entrusting the directing to one of Australia.s rising genre directors.
He.s working on several concepts before deciding on the writing team and says the next edition will take a .left-hand turn. after the action-chase elements of Wolf Creek 2.
Mclean is encouraged by the audiences' responses to WC2 and the strategy of releasing the film in the Us on a limited number of screens and on premium VOD, followed by standard VOD and DVD.
While he hasn.t seen the final Us figures he says, .Everyone was pretty happy with the business." He.d be willing »
- Don Groves
5 items from 2015
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