The curtain falls on International Casting Services

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,
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Geoffrey Rush, Fred Schepisi and Alexandra Schepisi talk about The Eye Of The Storm

On a drizzly, still hot and humid, post-storm afternoon in New York, I talked to The Eye Of The Storm director Fred Schepisi, his daughter, actress Alexandra Schepisi and Geoffrey Rush about everything storm related: Shakespeare, Australian manhood in the early 70s, sword fighting, intellectual cuts, and American emotions.

Director Fred Schepisi (his name "rhymes with Pepsi", he confirms) has taken on the seemingly impossible task of bringing Nobel Prize winning novelist Patrick White's book to the screen. "Many have tried and failed," Schepisi states, including Joseph Losey, with an unrealised adaptation of White's Voss. "Too interior," is the problem. Rush, who plays Sir Basil, famous actor, returning son, tortured soul, knew Patrick White late in his life and was involved in a couple of his plays. So were several of the other actors in the film, like Helen Morse (Lotte, German Cabaret artist and cook) John Gaden, and Robyn Nevin,
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The Eye of the Storm Movie Review

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The Eye of the Storm Movie Review
TItle: The Eye Of The Storm Sycamore Entertainment Group Director: Fred Schepisi Screenwriter: Judy Morris, from Patrick White’s novelCast: Charlotte Rampling, Georffrey Rush, Judy Davis, Colin Friels, Robyn Nevin, John Gaden, Helen Morse, Alexandra Schepisi, Maria Theodorakis, Dustin Clare Screened at: Park Ave., NYC, 8/22/12 Opens: September 7, 2012 Clashes over potential inheritances, featuring sons and daughters who hover over rich, dying parents, can be the basis of soap opera or the foundation of Shakespearean drama. “The Eye of the Storm,” which is in part a tale of two vultures traveling thousands of miles to cajole their dying mother to grant them the bulk of an estate, is a filmed [ Read More ]
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Burning Man leads Film Critics Circle of Australia’s Annual Awards

The Film Critics Circle of Australia has announced its nominees for its Annual Awards for Australian Film for 2011.

Burning Man scored the most nominations, with a spot in 10 of 11 categories.

The film is director Jonathan Teplitzky’s third film and tells the story of an out-of-control chef who is struggling with a life crisis.

With the second most nominations was dark thriller Snowtown in eight categories.

The Hunter starring The Willem Dafoe and directed by Daniel Nettheim and The Eye of the Storm starring Geoffrey Rush and directed by Fred Schepsis both received seven nods.

Red Dog, the year’s highest grossing Australian film for 2011, received only three nominations, including best direction for Kriv Stenders while Oranges and Sunshine, directed by Jim Loach received four.

Ivan Sen’s Toomelah and Julia Leigh’s debut Sleeping Beauty both received one nomination for actors Daniel Connors and Emily Browning respectively.

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The Eye Of The Storm Trailers and Poster

Today we have two trailers along with the first poster for The Eye of the Storm. Directed by Fred Schepisi (Roxanne, Six Degrees of Separation), it stars Geoffrey Rush, Charlotte Rampling, Judy Davis, Alexandra Schepisi, Helen Morse, John Gaden and Robyn Nevin, and is based on the novel by Australia’s only Nobel Prize-winner for Literature, [...]

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The Hunter leads Aacta Awards nominations

The Hunter has lead the Aacta Awards with 14 nominations including best film.

The film, by Daniel Nettheim, is also up for best direction, adapted screenplay, cinematography, sound, production design, costume, original music score, and visual effects. Meanwhile, Willem Dafoe, Frances O’Connor, Sam Neill and Morgana Davies are all up for acting awards.

The film has currently made just over $1m at the local box office.

It’s the first year for the re-launched AACTAs, formerly the AFI awards.

The technical awards will be given out at a luncheon on 15 January at the Sydney Opera House, with an evening ceremony for the more ‘public-friendly’ awards held at the Opera House on 31 January.

Running against The Hunter for best film is Red Dog, Mad Bastards, The Eye of the Storm, Snowtown and Oranges and Sunshine.

The Eye of the Storm, was second in the nominations race with 12, of which six are
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Exclusive Interview: Real Steel Child Star Dakota Goyo

This week, the Real Steel robots are crashing into theaters and at the heart of the film lies Dokata Goyo. The young star got his start in TV, particularly in voice work like the children’s show “Arthur”. With Real Steel, he makes the jump to a major role in the biggest feel-good film of the season.

The film’s big name may be Hugh Jackman, but young Dakota’s character has the hard job of making his dad finally grow up and get back in the ring. Read the full interview below to learn about his work in film and TV, who his dream job would be with, and who his favorite superheroes are.

Do you have a favorite role that you’ve done thus far, be it TV or Film?

I have to say I’ve loved all the feature films and characters that I’ve done really.
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The Eye of the Storm opens strongly

Fred Schepisi’s The Eye of the Storm has opened confidently, posting a strong first weekend, in its limited release.

Despite opening across just 18 screens, the film earned $196,250, averaging an impressive $10,903 per screen.

Fresh from its international premiere screening at Tiff last week, the posting is the highest opening weekend average for an Australian film this year.

“To achieve the highest screen average in such a stellar year for local films is very special,” said Richard Payten, Managing Director, Transmission Films. “It is also gratifying to see the film embraced so warmly at the Toronto international Film Festival where it was sold out for all screenings.”

The Eye of the Storm is based on the 1973 novel of the same name by Patrick White about two high society siblings returning home to their dying yet manipulative mother’s side. The film stars Geoffrey Rush, Judy Davis and Charlotte Rampling, with additional cast courtesy of Alexandra Schepisi,
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Tiff – Eye Of The Storm Trailer Starring Geoffrey Rush And Judy Davis

In what’s been more than a full year since showing you the first trailer for director Fred Schepisi’s film, check out the new trailer for Eye Of The Storm starring starring Geoffrey Rush, Charlotte Rampling, Judy Davis, Alexandra Schepisi, Helen Morse, John Gaden and Robyn Nevin.

Looks to be another charming Australian import and as I said last August, I adore Judy Davis. Your eye is drawn to her every nuanced movement throughout the trailer.


In the Sydney suburb of Centennial Park, two nurses, a housekeeper and a solicitor attend to Elizabeth Hunter as her expatriate son and daughter convene at her deathbed. But in dying, as in living, Mrs. Hunter remains a powerful force on those who surround her. Based on the novel by Nobel Prize winner Patrick White, The Eye of the Storm is a savage exploration of family relationships . and the sharp undercurrents of love and hate,
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Rush, Davis Caught In Schepsi's "Storm"

Production kicked off today in Melbourne, Australia on acclaimed filmmaker Fred Schepsi's "The Eye of the Storm" according to an official press release.

Based on the classic novel by Nobel Prize-winning author Patrick White, the story is set in Sydney's Centennial Park where two nurses, a housekeeper and a solicitor attend to Elizabeth Hunter (Charlotte Rampling) as her expatriate son (Geoffrey Rush) and daughter (Judy Davis) convene at her deathbed.

But, in dying, as in living, Mrs. Hunter remains a powerful force on those who surround her. The film is described as "a savage exploration of family relationships — and the sharp undercurrents of love and hate, comedy and tragedy, which define them."

Alexandra Schepisi, Robyn Nevin, Colin Friels, John Gaden, and Helen Morse also star in the project which marks the first film Australian director Schepsi has shot in his homeland since 1988's "A Cry in the Dark" (aka. "Evil Angels
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