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Natalie Dormer, Yael Stone board 'Picnic at Hanging Rock'

Natalie Dormer..

Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer will play English headmistress Mrs. Hester Appleyard in Foxtel.s upcoming.Picnic at Hanging Rock miniseries..

FremantleMedia.s six-parter begins shooting later this month. Amanda Brotchie (Agony, This is Littleton, Lowdown).will direct alongside the previously announced Michael Rymer and Larysa Kondracki.

Brotchie joins after the Australian Directors' Guild criticised FremantleMedia over the import of Kondracki, a Canadian, to shoot the series.

In late December, following a protest staged by the Adg and Wift Nsw outside FremantleMedia.s Sydney office, the production company announced it would bring on an Aussie female director to shoot one episode.

Joining Dormer as the teachers of Appleyard College are.Yael Stone (Orange is the New Black), French actress Lola Bessis (Cassandra, Swim Little Fish Swim),.Anna McGahan (The Doctor Blake Mysteries, Anzac Girls) and Sibylla Budd (Tomorrow When The War Began, Winners & Losers).

Schoolgirls will be played by Lily Sullivan (Camp,
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If checks in with Vca Film and TV alumni as the school rings in 50 years

Gillian Armstrong's 1971 student film The Roof Needs Mowing.

Secret City director Emma Freeman remembers Vca Film and Television School, where she studied for three years in the early 2000.s, .as a place where .a lot of people were really scraping things together to make their movie..

.That's what I loved about that school., Freeman says..

.It taught me about being a storyteller and it also taught me to be resourceful. Never to be limited by what you have..

Vca Film and TV is celebrating 50 years of scraping things together this year, from its opening at Swinburne in 1966 to the jump to the Vca in 1992 and beyond.

Cinematographer Ian Baker (Japanese Story, Words and Pictures) was one of the first, in 1968..

..I had no idea what I wanted to do when I completed the course,. Baker says.

.I didn't really know that I wanted to be a cinematographer, even though
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Banner year for Oz feature docs

This is a golden era for Australian feature documentaries as typified by the five critically-acclaimed titles in contention for the best feature doc prize at the fifth Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards.

Maya Newell.s Gayby Baby, Michael Ware and Bill Guttentag.s Only the Dead, Jen Peedom.s Sherpa, Damon Gameau.s That Sugar Film and Gillian Armstrong.s Women He.s Undressed are the nominees.

The Aacta Awards will be presented in Sydney in December, with the Seven Network telecasting the major awards on December 9.

Also revealed today were the nominees for best short animation and best short fiction film. In the running for the former are Adam Elliot.s Ernie Biscuit, Joe Brumm.s The Meek, Mikey Hill.s The Orchestra and Janette Goodey and John Lewis. The Story of Percival Pilts.

The nominees for best short fiction are Matt Holcomb.s Flat Daddy,
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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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The Noteworthy: Twin Peaks 2016, Friedkin in the Closet, "And the Other Way is Wrong"

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Above: there is no news this week more monumental than that of the return of Twin Peaks. In 2016, we'll have nine new episodes, all directed by David Lynch. The 72nd issue of Senses of Cinema is now online, and amidst a plethora of content, features an amazing dossier on "one of the true legends of Australian screen culture," John Flaus. Also included is a piece by Tony McKibbin on a new Alain Robbe-Grillet box set—and in Mubi Us, we're currently hosting a retrospective on the Robbe-Grillet featuring Trans-Europ-Express, L'immortelle, Eden and After, and Successive Slidings of Pleasure. Writing for Reverse Shot, Adam Nayman offers his two cents on Mia Hansen-Love's Eden:

"Time is a weapon in the movies of Mia Hansen-Løve. The gaping narrative holes in the middles of All Is Forgiven, The Father of My Children, and Goodbye First Love are exit wounds,
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Daily | Senses, Brooklyn Rail, Five Dials

The new issue of Senses of Cinema features a dossier on the scholar, actor and writer John Flaus as well as essays on Alain Robbe-Grillet, Tsai Ming-liang's Stray Dogs, Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street and Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction. Also in today's news roundup: The Brooklyn Rail on Pier Paolo Pasolini, Five Dials on Věra Chytilová’s Daisies, MostlyFilm on Alan Clarke, Reverse Shot on Scorsese's The Color of Money, the New York Times on Stephen Chow, interviews with Xavier Dolan, William H. Macy, Richard Ayoade and much more. » - David Hudson
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Daily | Senses, Brooklyn Rail, Five Dials

The new issue of Senses of Cinema features a dossier on the scholar, actor and writer John Flaus as well as essays on Alain Robbe-Grillet, Tsai Ming-liang's Stray Dogs, Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street and Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction. Also in today's news roundup: The Brooklyn Rail on Pier Paolo Pasolini, Five Dials on Věra Chytilová’s Daisies, MostlyFilm on Alan Clarke, Reverse Shot on Scorsese's The Color of Money, the New York Times on Stephen Chow, interviews with Xavier Dolan, William H. Macy, Richard Ayoade and much more. » - David Hudson
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Fitchett tackles The Fear of Darkness

Writer-director Chris Fitchett made his first two features, Blood Money and Desolation Angels, in quick succession.

He was offered a few roles after the second film but embarked on a successful career running film and TV bodies.

Now, 31 years after Desolation Angels, he is getting ready to write and direct his third feature, The Fear of Darkness, a supernatural thriller about a brilliant young psychiatrist who is forced to confront the dark creature that dwells deep within her unconscious when she investigates the disappearance of a female university student.

Produced by Mark Overett (Iron Sky, Separation City, Unfinished Sky) and supported by Screen Queensland.s low budget feature film initiative, the film is due to shoot on the Gold Coast in January.

Fitchett, who teaches film and TV at Bond University, is finalising the casting. Gary Hamilton.s Arclight will handle international sales and Greenlight Releasing is the Australian distributor.
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Sundance Opening Night: Mary and Max

Mary and Max Written and directed by Adam Elliot Voice Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Toni Collette, Eric Bana, Renee Geyer, Ian "Molly" Meldrum, Julie Forsyth, John Flaus Who knows if Adam Elliot's feature debut is the strangest movie that's ever opened the Sundance Film Festival; even if it comes close, it's doubtful you'll find many movies that are nearly as humorous and touching in their humanity as Elliot is able to create using mere clay. After his previous short film "Harvie Krumpet" won the Oscar five years ago, Elliot spent all that time bringing this touching story about a long-distance friendship to life. Mary Daisy Dinkle is an eight-year-old Australian introvert who finds happiness in the smallest things despite being picked on mercilessly...
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Philip Seymour Hoffman joins 'Mary and Max'

Philip Seymour Hoffman joins 'Mary and Max'
London -- Philip Seymour Hoffman has joined the voice cast of Aussie claymation project "Mary and Max," taking the lead role of Max, the film's backers said Wednesday.

The feature debut from the Oscar-winning duo of writer-director Adam Elliot and producer Melanie Coombs stars Toni Collette as Mary. Elliot and Coombs won the 2003 short-film Oscar for "Harvie Krumpet."

The film is narrated by Australian legend Barry Humphries and features cameos from Eric Bana, singer Renee Geyer and local music icon Ian "Molly" Meldrum along with Julie Forsyth and John Flaus.

Icon Film Distribution CEO Mark Gooder described the addition of Hoffman as "the icing on the cake."

The movie details the story of pen pals -- one living in Australia, the other in the U.S. -- whose friendship grows over 20 years.

The project is being financed by Screen Australia, Adirondack Pictures and Film Victoria and sold internationally by Icon Entertainment International.
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