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The Green Room: a new forum for industry networking and jobs

The Green Room..

Filmmaker Kosta Nikas and businessman Peter Lord have created a free networking and job creating app and website for screen industry practitioners.

The founders say The Green Room enables users to access information about projects and crew availabilities and to connect with peers who have shared experiences and interests in ways that were not possible before.

While the target market primarily is Australia, the app has been downloaded more than 3,300 times in around 50 countries including the Us, the UK, Colombia, Canada, India, Nigeria, Indonesia, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Spain, France, Sweden and Germany since the iPhone version was launched six weeks ago, followed by the Android version.

The app is designed as a communications tool for virtually anyone involved in the production of audio-visual content, from features, shorts and docos to a fashion shoot.

The founders are developing the technology to encompass more sectors within the creative industries.
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Queen Elizabeth Gives Elephants the Royal Treatment During Playful Zoo Visit

Queen Elizabeth Gives Elephants the Royal Treatment During Playful Zoo Visit
One lucky elephant got a meal she’ll never forget!

Queen Elizabeth opened an elephant center during a visit to Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire on Tuesday, and she made friends with a few of the animals — including her namesake.

Alongside husband Prince Philip, the Queen toured the new home for nine Asian elephants, including an 10-month-old named Elizabeth, who was born the day before the monarch’s 90th birthday celebrations last year.

“She was absolutely delighted and went ‘Oh really?’ when we told her the elephant calf was named after her,” David Field, zoological director at the Zoological Society of London,
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This Elephant Is So Excited to Meet Queen Elizabeth II

This Elephant Is So Excited to Meet Queen Elizabeth II
Have you ever seen a smile so wide?! Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip visited Whipsnade Zoo Tuesday and had the chance to meet the facility's nine Asian elephants and the veterinarians who take care of them. One of the elephants is named in the queen's honor because she was born one day before her 90th birthday. She now resides in the new Center for Elephant Care at the Bedfordshire zoo.   Professor David Field, director of the Zoological Society of London, said that Her Majesty was "absolutely delighted" to discover Elizabeth the elephant was named in her honor. In addition to meeting her animal namesake, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip also met with 7-year-old Donna, who...
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‘Down Under’ review [Lff 2016]

Down Under review: The shenanigans in the shire is an absurdly entertaining riot.

Down Under review by Sacha Hall, Lff 2016.

Down Under review – Photograph by David Dare Parker

Welcome to my back yard!

The Shire. No, not the land of hobbits you know on middle-earth but the surf-loving, fair-dinkum locale of sporting stars, swimsuit models and middle to upper class white folks. An area that is as iconic to Sydneysider’s as Bondi is to the world.

And just like that partially-truthful throwaway statement, director Abe Forsythe walks a fine line between truth and absurd extremism in his latest film Down Under.

Flipping racially driven tragedy into comedy, Forsythe delivers an acerbic tale set during the aftermath of the 2005 Cronulla riots with two carloads of hotheads throwing common sense out of their pussy-wagon and hotted-up Commie windows.

In the homologous suburb of Lakemba, Hassim (Lincoln Younes) eschews the middle-eastern stereotype; he’s studious,
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The Secret Daughter to premiere October 3

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The Secret Daughter.

Seven has announced that The Secret Daughter, starring Jessica Mauboy, will premiere October 3.

Mauboy leads series cast as Billie Carter, a part-time country pub singer whose life changes forever after a chance meeting with wealthy city hotelier Jack Norton, played by Colin Friels.

The drama also stars Bonnie Sveen (Home and Away), Matt Levett (A Place To Call Home, Devil.s Playground), David Field (Catching Milat, No Activity), Rachel Gordon (Winter, The Moodys, Blue Heelers), Salvatore Coco (The Principal, Catching Milat) and Jared Turner (The Almighty Johnsons, The Shannara Chronicles).

The Secret Daughter is a Screentime, a Banijay Group company, production for Channel Seven produced with the financial assistance of Screen Australia and Screen Nsw.

The series was directed by Leah Purcell, Geoff Bennett and Paul Moloney, and written by Justin Monjo, Greg Haddrick, Louise Bowes and Keith Thompson.
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Rose Byrne and Damon Herriman to star in second season of No Activity

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No Activity.

Rose Byrne and Damon Herriman are set to join the cast of Stan.s comedy series No Activity for its second season, which will premiere in late October.. Also joining the cast this season are Chum Ehelepola (Rake), Anthony Hayes (The Rover), Susie Youssef (Here Come the Habibs) and Kim Gyngell (Jack Irish). The actors join the returning cast which includes Patrick Brammall (Offspring), Darren Gilshenan (Here Come the Habibs), Dan Wyllie (Offspring), David Field (A Moody Christmas), Harriet Dyer (Love Child) and Genevieve Morris (Comedy Inc.). No Activity is an improvised comedy series from Jungle, the team behind Here Come the Habibs, A Moody Christmas and Review with Myles Barlow. The series is created by Trent O.Donnell and Patrick Brammall, written and directed by O.Donnell, and was developed together with Darren Gilshenan and David Field. Chloe Rickard is the producer, and Jason Burrows, Trent O.Donnell,
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Genre specialist Devilworks unveils Cannes slate

Genre specialist Devilworks unveils Cannes slate
Exclusive: Genre sales outfit will introduce four titles to the market, including Italian thriller Double Crossing (Il Traduttore).

Genre sales company Devilworks will introduce four titles to buyers at Cannes this year.

On the roster is Dennis Ho’s feature debut A Better Place [pictured], which tells the story of a young man who uses his abnormal regenerative powers to heal people, despite the cost to himself.

The film has already picked up prizes at Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival (best independent film, emerging actor for star Stephen Todt), and the Los Angeles Movie Awards (Best Narrative Feature).

Also on the slate is Jennifer Liao’s debut feature, the comic thriller End Of Days, Inc, which follows a group of laid-off employees who discover that processing the last of their inventory will lead to catastrophic consequences.

Devilworks has picked up world rights to Massimo Natale’s Double Crossing (Il Traduttore), which stars The Passion Of The Christ actor
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Colin Friels joins Jessica Mauboy in The Secret Daughter as filming begins

Jessica Mauboy.

Channel Seven's The Secret Daughter, starring Jessica Mauboy, has begun filming in Sydney and country Nsw.

Mauboy leads the cast as Billie Carter, a part-time country pub singer whose life changes forever after a chance meeting with wealthy city hotelier Jack Norton, played by Colin Friels.

The drama will also star Bonnie Sveen (Home and Away), Matthew Levett (A Place To Call Home, Devil.s Playground), David Field (Catching Milat, No Activity), Rachel Gordon (Winter, The Moodys, Blue Heelers), Salvatore Coco (The Principal, Catching Milat) and Jared Turner (The Almighty Johnsons, The Shannara Chronicles).

Supporting cast members include former Miss World Australia Erin Holland, Jr Reyne (Neighbours), Libby Asciak (Here Come The Habibs), Johnny Boxer (Fat Pizza vs Housos), Terry Serio (Janet King), Waapa graduate Harriet Gordon-Anderson, Jeremy Ambrum (Cleverman, Mabo) and Amanda Muggleton (City Homicide, Prisoner).

.Seven is the home of Australian drama and we.re immensely
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Stan's No Activity scores first Logie nominations for Svod platform

Patrick Brammall and Tim Minchin on set.

Stan scored three nominations for its original series No Activity in the Logie nominations yesterday — the first such nominations for an Svod service.

No Activity was nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series and both Tim Minchin and Dan Wyllie were nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor.

Stan Original's Wolf Creek series is currently being shopped by Banijay International (producer Screentime.s parent company) at Miptv in Cannes ahead of its May 12 launch on Stan.

.Stan has set out to be a pioneer of Australia.s evolving television landscape and these nominations are yet another landmark moment for Australian TV", Stan CEO Mike Sneesby said.

.We are committed to supporting the local production industry and producing the highest quality Australian television that will not only stand amongst the best at home, but also in international markets."

.We are incredibly proud to receive three Logie nominations for
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Geraldine Hakewill and David Field on surreal debut feature The Pretend One

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Star Geraldine Hakewill on set.

In 2010, filmmaker Tony Prescott studied directing at Aftrs, where "the education was based on making a feature, but we made short films"..

"I don't think I'm very good at making short films", Prescott told If.

In 2011 he started developing an idea for a feature that he developed over five years - and forty drafts - with fellow Aftrs student James Raue (whose own first film, Psychoanalysis, is currently touring festivals).

The Pretend One is about a young woman (Wanted's Geraldine Hakewill) and her imaginary friend (Michael Whalley).

Their relationship becomes complicated when a suitor comes to town and Whalley's character becomes jealous.

Talking to people about the kind of Australian film he wanted to make, Prescott "struggled to find a reference".

"One of the closest I could think of was Paperback Romance. [Generally] We don't do magic and we don't do romance".

One influence the
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Abe Forsythe's Down Under locks in Australian theatrical release

Top: Fayssal Bazzi as D-mac, Rahel Romahn as Nick, Michael Denkha as Ibrahim and Lincoln Younes as Hassim

Bottom: Damon Herriman as Jason, Justin Rosniak as Ditch, Alexander England as Shit-stick and Chris Bunton as Evan

Photographer credit: David Dare Parker

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Abe Forsythe's black comedy Down Under is set to hit Australian cinemas on August 4.

Distributed by StudioCanal, the film is a black comedy set during the aftermath of the Cronulla riots.

As Forsythe's second feature, it is the story of two carloads of hotheads from both sides of the fight destined to collide..

Sincere, though misguided, intent gives way to farcical ineptitude as this hilarious yet poignant story of ignorance, fear and kebab-cravings unfolds, and what was meant to be a retaliation mission turns into something neither side could have imagined.

During the shoot, Forsythe told If the narrative mined comedy through the heavy drama.

.The humour turns
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Stan more than doubles investment in local production

Stan has commissioned Jungle to produce a second season of comedy series No Activity as the streaming service doubles investment in local production in 2016..

No Activity Season 2 joins Stan.s original programming lineup for next year, alongside the highly anticipated Wolf Creek series.

No Activity, the first Australian production commissioned by an Svod service, premiered on Stan in October 2015..

The show starring, Patrick Brammall, Harriet Dyer, David Field, Dan Wyllie and Darren Gilshenan, .proved to be as popular with viewers as some of the world.s biggest TV shows, think Better Call Saul, which have also premiered exclusively on Stan.

According to a Stan spokesperson, No Activity has attracted interest from the Us and other territories around the world, with rights recently sold to New Zealand streaming service Lightbox.

The Stan Original series follows the peripheral players in a major police sting operation. The day-to-day realities of cops and criminals
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First look at Cronulla riots black comedy Down Under

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Director Abe Forsythe and Studiocanal have given us the first look at the new Australian feature film set during the aftermath of the Cronulla riots.

Down Under is a black comedy about two carloads of hotheads from both sides of the fight who are destined to collide..

Sincere, though misguided, intent gives way to farcical ineptitude as this hilarious yet poignant story of ignorance, fear and kebab-cravings unfolds.

What was meant to be a retaliation mission turns into something neither side could have imagined.

Director Abe Forsythe, who is also responsible for writing the film.s screenplay, has .taken a balanced look at the ridiculous side of a serious subject..

.There is nothing more satisfying than getting people to laugh at something they feel like they shouldn.t be laughing at. Comedy is the best way to say something meaningful,. he said.

This first-look image introduces characters from both sides of the story.
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Dop reveals The Pretend One shoot secrets

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The Pretend One shoot in rural Queensland

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Cinematographer, Robert Morton, has given an inside look into the making of new Australian feature film, The Pretend One.

The film, which is due for release in 2016, was shot on a cotton farm in rural Queensland with Sony Pxw-FS7 cameras.

It was directed and produced by Tony Prescott and stars Geraldine Hakewill, Michael Whalley, Benedict Wall and David Field.

Director of photographry, Morton, has worked on The Great Gatsby in the camera department; as cinematographer on documentaries How to Fall in Love With a Stranger, Legacy: A Ride to Congquer Motor NeuroneDisease and TV movie Clean and Jerk.

Morton said the shooting schedule was ambitious.

"Given the limited amount of shoot days for the production phase, we employed a two-camera setup for a lot of scenes," he said..

"This allowed us to get the coverage we needed quickly. Primarily, we wanted a camera
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Multicultural rising star makes his mark

Rahel Romahn is 22 but he.s carving out quite a career playing high school students of various ethnic origins, mostly rebellious or with a dark side.

Since quitting his full-time bank job a year ago, the Kurdish-born, Australian-raised actor.s career has accelerated.

Currently on screen in Sbs.s The Principal and ABC3.s Ready for This, Romahn appears in Peter Andrikidis. comedy Alex + Eve, which opens in cinemas on October 22.

Next year he will be seen in writer-director Abe Forsythe.s black comedy Down Under and in the ABC series Cleverman.

This week he started filming a recurring role in the second series of Screentime.s ABC legal drama Janet King.

And he belongs to Blunt Gorilla, a filmmaker collective which makes TVCs and music videos and aims to produce its first feature next year.

That.s quite a resume for an actor who had been considering moving to
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Aussie indie Sacred Heart sells international rights

European sales agency Devilworks has acquired international rights to the Australian independent feature Sacred Heart starring, David Field.

Sacred Heart is written and directed by Kosta Nikas and stars David Field, Kipan Rothbury and Lizzie Schebesta.

It is produced by Screenlight Pictures Pty Ltd.

Director, Kosta Nikas, said it was damn hard as independent filmmakers to connect with the right sales agency..

"Unlike other sales agents where your title gets lost in the heap, Devilworks liaises closely with producers to ensure optimum sales strategies and results," he said..

"We.re the perfect fit for each other."

Devilworks chief executive, Matteo Rolleri, who negotiated the deal with Nikas said he was over the moon with the collaboration.

"It is such an intelligent and powerful film, which has great scope," he said.

."The script is eclectic, the performance at its finest and the direction is exceptional."

Devilworks recently concluded deals on a
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Faux documentary imagines life as reality TV

Former Big Brother presenter Mike Goldman wrote, co-produced and stars in Shooting Goldman, a hoax feature-length documentary.

Filmed over four years and produced and directed by Tony Prescott, the film follows Goldman as he struggles to break out of the reality TV show shadow and pursues his ambition to become a film actor.

His delusion escalates till he isn.t sure what is and isn.t real anymore. He becomes increasingly unsure of himself and begins to think his family and friends are actors.

Mike.s father Grant, a radio veteran who hosts the breakfast show on Sydney.s 2Sm, appears in the film, leading to some emotional scenes.

Last week Australians in Film hosted a premiere in Los Angeles at the Paramount Studios attended by producers, agents, managers and talent. .It was a capacity screening and the reaction was phenomenal,. Goldman tells If.

Shooting Goldman has already screened at
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Hollywood star appears in Oz comedy

Jurassic World.s Jake Johnson and comedian Tim Minchin guest star in a 6-part improvised comedy that follows two detectives on a stakeout, produced by Jungleboys for Stan.

The streaming platform.s first original production, No Activity stars Patrick Brammall and Darren Gilshenan as the none-too-bright or industrious cops.

At a media lunch today Stan CEO Mike Sneesby revealed the service has more than 300,000 subscribers and has had more than 800,000 users since its Australia Day launch. That is ahead of Citi Research's estimates of 322,000 sign-ups and 153,000 paying customers.

"We have signed up well over 300,000 subscribers since launch," Sneesby tells If. "All of those subscribers enter credit cards at sign up.. We have seen around 70 per cent conversion from free to pay." Sneesby said Stan will soon extend its reach via adding game consoles, smart TVs and devices such as Roku, and it will have a dozen exclusives from now through
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Dark comedy looks at females' murderous urges

Actor/producer/writer David Field and Jungleboys are developing a movie about four women in their 50s who discover they are largely invisible to the rest of the world.

The women use this cloak of invisibility to right some of the world.s wrongs, doing a lot of things they dreamed of in their earlier lives.

The dark comedy is based on the novel The Murderous Urges of Ordinary Women by Us author Lois Melzer, which Field spotted in a Melbourne book shop.

Field optioned the film rights and told Jungleboys MD Jason Burrows about his enthusiasm for the project during the filming of The Moodys.

.I loved the premise and we.ve decided to do it in partnership with David,. Burrows tells If.

Chloe Rickard (who is working on Jungleboys. improv comedy No Activity for streaming service Stan) is the producer.

Joan Sauers, who was script editor on The Babadook,
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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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