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Blue Murder: Killer Cop – Richard Roxburgh shines again in firecracker Aussie crime drama

The 1995 miniseries featured one of Roxburgh’s greatest performances and this week’s reboot doesn’t disappoint

The original Blue Murder miniseries, broadcast on ABC TV in 1995, leapt from the screen like frogs from a dynamite pond.

The plot was dense and twisty; the direction knife-edge; the performances – from a blokey, pedigree cast – high voltage. Joining the likes of Tony Martin, Bill Hunter, Alex Dimitriades and John Hargreaves, Richard Roxburgh – in an early, career-defining role – played Australia’s most famous corrupt cop, Roger “the Dodger” Rogerson.

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David Wenham on why he changed his mind about TV's 'Wake in Fright'

David Wenham on set of his directorial feature debut, 'Ellipsis'..

In the second part of his interview with If, David Wenham chats about his recent roles in 'Wake in Fright', 'In Like Flynn' and 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales'...

When David Wenham was offered the role of the police sergeant Jock Crawford in the miniseries Wake in Fright he initially recoiled at the idea.

As a passionate admirer of Canadian director Ted Kotcheff.s seminal 1971 movie based on the Kenneth Cook novel he thought the idea of a remake was ridiculous.

Wenham had watched the restored movie twice, at the Sydney Film Festival and at the Chauvel cinema, rating it as a visceral experience and an incredible piece of filmmaking.

However he changed his mind after reading Stephen M. Irwin.s script for the Network Ten two-parter directed by Kriv Stenders.
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Tony Ayres and Jacquelin Perske on Matchbox mini 'Seven Types of Ambiguity'

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Xavier Samuel and Andrea Demetriades in 'Seven Types of Ambiguity'..

New ABC miniseries.Seven Types of Ambiguity.will air April 13. All six episodes will be available on iview after the first episode is broadcast.

The Matchbox Pictures' drama stars Hugo Weaving, Xavier Samuel, Alex Dimitriades, Leeanna Walsman, Andrea Demetriades, Anthony Hayes and Susie Porter.

EPs on the show, which weaves together different perspectives on a child kidnapping, are Tony Ayres and Jacquelin Perske.

Ayres first read Elliot Perlman.s novel, on which the show is based, around five years ago, just after he'd finished up on.The Slap.

He was struck by the structural similarities between the two stories, while also noting the differences in the ways they had used the form.

.It was such a challenging and compelling book. I found it very rich and rewarding, frustrating and exciting,. Ayres said. .It was one of those big,
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Sean Keenan, David Wenham join 'Wake in Fright' mini as shooting begins

Sean Keenan.

Puberty Blues star Sean Keenan has nabbed the lead role in Ten's Wake in Fright two-parter, which begins shooting today..

Keenan will play John Grant, a young school teacher who descends into his own personal nightmare after being stranded in the small outback mining town of Bundanyabba.—.the role made famous by Gary Bond in Ted Kotcheff's 1971 original.

Keenan just worked with director Kriv Stenders, who's helming both episodes of the TV redo, on Foxtel telemovie Australia Day.

He's joined in the cast by David Wenham (Seachange, Lion), Caren Pistorius (Offspring), Gary Sweet (House Husbands), Alex Dimitriades (The Slap), Robyn Malcolm (Upper Middle Bogan), Lee Jones (The Bastard Executioner), Anna Samson (Winners & Losers), Hannah Frederiksen (Hunters) and Jada Alberts (Wentworth), with filming to take place in Broken Hill and Sydney.

Written by Stephen M. Irwin, the Wake In Fright mini is produced by Helen Bowden (The Slap,
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ABC's 'Seven Types of Ambiguity' to air April 13

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Xavier Samuel and Andrea Demetriades in 'Seven Types of Ambiguity'..

New ABC miniseries.Seven Types of Ambiguity will air April 13. All six episodes will be available on iview after the first episode is broadcast.

The Matchbox Pictures' drama stars Hugo Weaving, Xavier Samuel, Alex Dimitriades, Leeanna Walsman, Andrea Demetriades, Anthony Hayes and Susie Porter.

EPs on the show, which weaves together different perspectives on a child kidnapping, are Tony Ayres and Jacquelin Perske.

Ayres first read Elliot Perlman.s novel, on which the show is based, around five years ago, just after he'd finished up on The Slap.

He was struck by the structural similarities between the two stories, while also noting the differences in the ways they had used the form.

.It was such a challenging and compelling book. I found it very rich and rewarding, frustrating and exciting,. Ayres said. .It was one of those big, ambitious
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Tony Ayres, Jacquelin Perske preview ABC mini Seven Types of Ambiguity

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Hugo Weaving as Dr Alex Klima.

Seven Types of Ambiguity, a six-part drama produced by Matchbox Pictures and set to air on the ABC, weaves together different perspectives of a child kidnapping, exploring the nature of love and relationships..

Matchbox.s Tony Ayres first read Elliot Perlman.s novel, on which the show is based, around five years ago, just after he'd finished up on The Slap.

He was struck by the structural similarities between the two stories, while also noting the differences in the ways they had used the form..

.It was such a challenging and compelling book. I found it very rich and rewarding, frustrating and exciting,. Ayres told If..

.It was one of those big, ambitious projects that entices you as a producer..

A six-part series shot in and around Melbourne, Ayres described.Seven Types of Ambiguity as .a relationship drama, wrapped in a mystery...

.I think
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Tony Ayres, Jacquelin Perske preview ABC six-parter Seven Types of Ambiguity

  • IF.com.au
Hugo Weaving as Dr Alex Klima.

Seven Types of Ambiguity, a six-part drama produced by Matchbox Pictures and set to air on the ABC, weaves together different perspectives of a child kidnapping, exploring the nature of love and relationships..

Matchbox.s Tony Ayres first read Elliot Perlman.s novel, on which the show is based, around five years ago, just after he'd finished up on The Slap.

He was struck by the structural similarities between the two stories, while also noting the differences in the ways they had used the form..

.It was such a challenging and compelling book. I found it very rich and rewarding, frustrating and exciting,. Ayres told If..

.It was one of those big, ambitious projects that entices you as a producer..

A six-part series shot in and around Melbourne, Ayres described.Seven Types of Ambiguity as .a relationship drama, wrapped in a mystery...

.I think
See full article at IF.com.au »

Jacki Weaver returns to Oz TV in Matchbox political drama Secret City

Jacki Weaver returns to Australian television in Secret City.

New Australian political drama Secret City - starring Jacki Weaver, Anna Torv and Dan Wyllie - is set to premiere on June 5.

Filmed in Parliament House and locations across Canberra and Sydney, Secret City is inspired by the best-selling novels The Marmalade Files and The Mandarin Code, written by Canberra political journalists Chris Uhlmann and Steve Lewis.

Amidst rising tension between China and America, Canberra press gallery journalist Harriet Dunkley (played by Anna Torv) forces her way closer to the truth, uncovering a secret city of interlocked conspiracies which will threaten her career, her life and endangers the freedom of every Australian. .

Weaver makes her return to Australian television in the role of Labor powerbroker Senator Catriona Bailey, while Dan Wyllie plays Minister of Defence Mal Paxton.

Weaver said she loved the story and the character.

.It.s very authentic because
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Filming underway on Seven Types of Ambiguity

Hugo Weaving as Dr Alex Klima in Seven Types of Ambiguity. Photo by Ben King.

Filming has started in Melbourne on Matchbox Pictures' six-part drama series Seven Types of Ambiguity for the ABC.

Based on a novel by Elliot Perlman, it stars Hugo Weaving, Xavier Samuel, Alex Dimitriades, Leeanna Walsman, Anthony Hayes, Andrea Demetriades and Susie Porter.

Seven Types of Ambiguity will be filmed on location in and around Melbourne and will air later this year on ABC TV.

Executive producers for Matchbox include Tony Ayres, Amanda Higgs and Jacquelin Perske.

The ABC executive producer is Christopher Gist and the producer is Amanda Higgs..

The series is a psychological mystery that explores the complicated emotional terrain of relationships and the risks people will go to in the name of love..

When seven-year-old Sam Marin is taken from school, his parents Anna (Leeanna Walsman) and Joe (Alex Dimitriades) are frantic.
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High marks for The Principal from viewers

TV pundits who were quick to categorize the overnight ratings for the premiere of Essential Media and Entertainment.s 4-part drama The Principal on Sbs as disappointing were too hasty - and misleading.

The broadcaster and producers were more than happy with the combined nationwide figures for the first screening and the repeat the same night.

The first episode last Wednesday drew 361,100 viewers in the five metro cities and a further 115,100 in the regions, for a total of 476,200.

The encore screening on the same night was watched by 98,900 in the metros and 37,800 in the regions for 136,700 combined, so the total was 612,900, with the time-shifting/consolidated figures to come.

.The program has received rave reviews, a lot of commentary on social media and Sbs is very happy with the ratings,. producer Ian Collie tells If. .It.s a great boost to Sbs drama's credentials with its appetite for edgier and compelling stories about our diverse,
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Mixed openings for Oz films after Sff premieres

After premiering at the Sydney Film Festival, garnering copious publicity and generally positive reviews, Ruben Guthrie and Women He.s Undressed launched in a limited number of. cinemas last weekend .

Both performed well in some locations although, overall, the per screen averages were fairly modest.

Ruben Guthrie, the directorial debut of Brendan Cowell adapted from his critically acclaimed Belvoir St play starring Patrick Brammall, Alex Dimitriades, Abbey Lee, Harriet Dyer, Jeremy Sims, Brenton Thwaites, Aaron Bertram, Robyn Nevin and Jack Thompson, fetched an estimated $120,000 on 33 screens. That brings the total including previews and the Sff premiere to $215,000.

Gilliam Armstrong.s Women He.s Undressed, a bio of Australian costume designer Orry-Kelly, who won three Oscars, collected $56,000 on 20 screens and $67,000 with previews including the re-opening of Melbourne.s Astor Theatre. With earlier sneaks the total is $108,000.

Madman Entertainment is distributing Ruben Guthrie, the tale of party-boy ad man who has a near death experience,
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Bill Hunter bio in the works

Actor-director-writer David Field plans to pen a biography of his great mate Bill Hunter.

Field revealed his plans on Facebook, prompting numerous offers of help from colleagues and friends of the much-loved actor who died in 2011, aged 71.

Close buddies for more than 25 years, Hunter and Field often discussed co-writing a book but never got around to it.

.We were having too much fun,. Field tells If. He may use the title suggested by Hunter, which trades on one of the actor's favourite expressions, .Stand Where and Say What?.

Field first met Hunter, whose credits include Newsfront, Gallipoli, Strictly Ballroom, Muriel's Wedding, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert, Road to Nhill, Crackerjack, The Pacific and The Cup, at the Belvoir Theatre.

They worked together twice, in Laurie McInnes. 1993 black-and-white drama Broken Highway and in Alkinos Tsilimidos.s 2004 film Tom White, which starred Colin Friels as an architect whose life unravels after a nervous breakdown.
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Film Review: ‘Ruben Guthrie’

Film Review: ‘Ruben Guthrie’
An entertaining coming-of-age dramedy about a man-boy pushing 40, “Ruben Guthrie” centers on a boozy Sydney advertising hotshot who swears to stay off the sauce for a year to win back his fed-up fiancee. Adapting his highly successful stage play, writer-helmer Brendan Cowell neatly balances comic elements with sharp observations of how friendships between Aussie males are frequently underwritten by excessive alcohol consumption. Though the film isn’t as surefooted with female characters, its consistent good humor, non-preachy tone and strong cast of popular local thesps marks it as a solid crowdpleaser. Following its world premiere on opening night of the Sydney Film Festival, “Ruben” should perform strongly on July 16 domestic release. Though offshore theatrical prospects appear iffy, the pic could easily be tweaked for remakes.

Cowell wastes no time showing the hedonistic excesses of Ruben Guthrie (Patrick Brammall). The opening scene has him screaming “Let’s get smashed!” to a
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Premieres galore at Sydney Film Festival

Neil Armfield.s Holding the Man, Simon Stone.s The Daughter, Jeremy Sims. Last Cab to Darwin and Jen Peedom.s feature doc Sherpa will have their world premieres at the Sydney Film Festival.

The festival program unveiled today includes 33 world premieres (including 22 shorts) and 135 Australian premieres (with 18 shorts) among 251 titles from 68 countries.

Among the other premieres will be Daina Reid.s The Secret River, Ruby Entertainment's. ABC-tv miniseries starring Oliver Jackson Cohen and Sarah Snook, and three Oz docs, Marc Eberle.s The Cambodian Space Project — Not Easy Rock .n. Roll, Steve Thomas. Freedom Stories and Lisa Nicol.s Wide Open Sky.

Festival director Nashen Moodley boasted. this year.s event will be far larger than 2014's when 183 films from 47 countries were screened, including 15 world premieres. The expansion is possible in part due to the addition of two new screening venues in Newtown and Liverpool.

As previously announced, Brendan Cowell
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Sydney Film Fest lands Ruben Guthrie

Brendan Cowell.s directing debut Ruben Guthrie will have its world premiere as the opening night attraction of the Sydney Film Festival.

Starring Patrick Brammall as a hard-partying Sydney ad man who seeks to start a new chapter in his life after a near-death experience, the comedy will screen at the State Theatre on Wednesday June 3.

Produced by Kath Shelper, the film co-stars Alex Dimitriades, Abbey Lee, Harriet Dyer, Jeremy Sims, Brenton Thwaites, Aaron Bertram, Robyn Nevin and Jack Thompson.

Cowell adapted the screenplay from his Belvoir St Theatre production. Madman Entertainment will launch the film nationally on July 16.

Cowell said, .I am beyond excited to have my first film open the Sydney Film Festival. To screen this very Sydney story to a packed house at the State Theatre is a dream come true, and I can.t wait for audiences to enjoy this comic tale of love, loss and liquor.
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Sydney Film Festival to Open With ‘Ruben Guthrie’

Sydney Film Festival to Open With ‘Ruben Guthrie’
The upcoming edition of the Sydney Film Festival will open with the world premiere of Australian drama “Ruben Guthrie.” The festival runs June 3-14, 2015.

The film is the feature directing debut for playwright, screenwriter and actor Brendan Cowell. He adapted it from his own critically lauded Belvoir St. Theatre production.

The film, produced by Kath Shelper, assembles a top-drawer collection of Australian talent, including Patrick Brammall, Abbey Lee, Alex Dimitriades, Jeremy Sims, Robyn Nevin, Brenton Thwaites and Jack Thompson.

“’Ruben Guthrie’ is the story of one man not only battling the bottle, but the city [Sydney] that won’t let him put it down,” said the festival by way of description. The story follows a man whose party boy lifestyle nearly kills him, but whose girlfriend offers to give him one more chance if he can quit drinking for a year.

“It’s a hard-hitting, touching, surprisingly funny and intensely human story,
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World Premiere Of Australian Film Ruben Guthrie To Open Sydney Film Festival 2015

Ruben Guthrie, an Australian film about a hard-partying Sydney ad man who seeks to start a new chapter in his life, has been announced as the Opening Night Film at this year's Sydney Film Festival. It is the directorial debut of award-winning playwright, screenwriter and actor Brendan Cowell, who adapted it from his own critically acclaimed Belvoir St Theatre production. The cast includes Patrick Brammall, Alex Dimitriades, Abbey Lee, Harriet Dyer, Jeremy Sims, Brenton Thwaites, Aaron Bertram, Robyn Nevin and Jack Thompson. Life is good for ad man Ruben Guthrie - he leads a party boy lifestyle, has a model fiancée and lives in a house on the water. He's at the top of his game, until some drunken skylarking lands Ruben at the bottom...

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Oz critics salute The Babadook

After tying for best film with The Water Diviner at the Aacta Awards, Jennifer Kent.s The Babadook has won the major prizes at the Australian Film Critics Association annual film and writing awards.

The horror movie took the awards for best film, director, lead actress Essie Davis and supporting actor Noah Wiseman.

Emulating his Aacta Award, David Gulpilil was named best actor for Charlie.s Country. Sarah Snook (who was recognised as best actress for Predestination at the AACTAs) was the surprise winner for best supporting actress for These Final Hours.

Gulpilil and Rolf de Heer collected the original screenplay award and Charlie.s Country.s Ian Jones was feted as best DoP. Gulpilil received his best actor statue on Friday evening from Aaron Pedersen (last year's Afca best actor winner for Mystery Road) during the BlakNite event at Treasury Gardens. He dedicated the award to .the spirit of the country and his family.
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The Infinite Man takes off

First-time writer/director Hugh Sullivan.s time travel comedy The Infinite Man opened at four cinemas- Dendy Newton, Melbourne.s Cinema Nova, Perth.s Cinema Paradiso and Adelaide.s Palace Nova Eastend- last Thursday.

The four-day gross is $10,640, which is in addition to the $21,000 generated by screenings at the Melbourne International Film Festival, CineféstOZ and the Dungog fest.

Executive producer Jonathan Page said, .It.s a good start and points to a new model of releasing smaller films, focussing on a few targeted sites and keeping costs low. I think The Infinite Man is building a cult following and will be watched on other platforms, so if we can make a bit of noise and a bit of money at the cinema then we are on track..

Produced by Hedone Productions. Kate Croser and Sandy Cameron, the film stars Josh McConville, Hannah Marshall and Alex Dimitriades in the tale of
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Nsw backs 17 films and TV projects

The Nsw Government is investing $2.77 million. in 17 new film, TV and documentary productions via Screen Nsw.

That will trigger more than $50 million in production expenditure to the State and create 2,746 jobs, according to Arts Minister Troy Grant.

The projects include a Blinky Bill feature,. TV drama The Principal from Essential Media and Entertainment starring Alex Dimitriades, and a new collaboration between Blackfella Films and Werner Film Productions.

The funding is provided through Screen Nsw.s Production Investment and Regional Filming funds. .This is a great return on investment for the Government. For every dollar invested, more than $18 will be spent in Nsw, building capacity and sustainability in our world-class film and television industry,. Grant said. .This fantastic range of film and television programs will be produced here in Nsw, and not just in Sydney, but across many regional areas where the significant economic benefits of screen production will make a real impact in the community.
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