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Amazon Prime Video Takes U.S. Rights to Australian Drama ‘The Kettering Incident’ (Exclusive)

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Amazon Prime Video has acquired exclusive U.S. rights from BBC Worldwide North America to season one of Australian drama “The Kettering Incident.” The show, which stars Elizabeth Debicki (“The Night Manager”) and Matthew Le Nevez (“Offspring”), will be available to Amazon subscribers from Sept. 30.

The Kettering Incident,” which won the Special Jury Prize at the Series Mania Festival in Paris, was co-created by Tasmanian writer Victoria Madden (Lynda La Plante’s “Trial and Retribution,” “The Bill,” “Halifax Fp”) and producer Vincent Sheehan (“Animal Kingdom,” “The Hunter,” “The Rover”), and shot entirely in Tasmania.

The series tells the story of Anna Macy (Debicki), a doctor who left the town of Kettering when she was 14, shortly after her best friend disappeared while they were playing in the forest. “Anna returns 15 years later to a town struggling to survive — torn apart by clashes between environmentalists and loggers. Anna’s reappearance causes a stir. Theories »

- Leo Barraclough

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Emma Freeman, Joanna Werner on starry Matchbox miniseries Secret City

7 August 2016 5:10 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Producer Joanna Werner.

For director Emma Freeman, one of the most exciting things about filming the new political thriller miniseries Secret City was the opportunity to film locations that have never before been seen on-screen.

.We shot some beautiful scenes out in the Pm.s courtyard., she recalls..

.Peta Credlin was there and she came out and took some selfies with Sacha Horler, who was very much inspired by Peta Credlin for her character..

Secret City — which was adapted from former journalists Chris Uhlmann and Steve Lewis. novels The Marmalade Files and The Mandarin Code — premiered on Foxtel on June 5 and will shortly be released on DVD.

Matchbox Pictures produced the six-part miniseries, which underwent an extended period of development..

One of the key changes made to the original text involved swapping the gender of the journalist protagonist, Harry Dunkley.

Played by Anna Torv, Secret City.s Harriet Dunkley is »

- Alice McCredie-Dando and Brian Karlovsky

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Don't miss: If Magazine's first women in film and TV issue

4 August 2016 10:31 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Gillian Armstrong, Tania Chambers, Rosemary Blight and Sacha Horler at the Gender Matters: Brilliant Stories and Brilliant Careers launch.

Last month saw Screen Australia unveil the recipients of its Gender Matters funding, with a who.s who of the local industry gathered at Sa.s Ultimo headquarters. A couple of weeks later, Screen Nsw announced that any TV dramas hoping to secure financial backing would need to have a female writer, director, or producer onboard to qualify. All the talk about correcting the stats is no longer empty politesse: it.s happening.

With that in mind, there.s never been a better time to unveil If.s very first women in film and TV issue. Inside, we check in with Foxtel.s Head of Drama Penny Win and Goalpost Pictures. Kylie du Fresne and Rosemary Blight. There.s a wide-ranging chat with eOne Australia.s acquisitions and development team and »

- Harry Windsor

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TV drama backed by Screen Nsw must now include female key creatives

24 July 2016 6:16 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Courtney Gibson.

Screen Nsw has stepped up its push for gender equity, announcing that all TV drama series must now include female key creatives in order to receive development or production finance.

CEO Courtney Gibson said Screen Nsw had worked closely with industry to identify the best ways to achieve systemic change.

"Production companies, broadcasters and other screen organisations have been incredibly supportive and starting to see real impact as a result,. she said.

.But in order to move the needle even further, going forward, it will be a requirement for any television drama series to include female writers and/or directors and/or producers to secure development or production finance from us.

.If we are to achieve gender parity in our industry, we need to ensure there is equity of opportunity for women, and increased opportunities for people from other under-represented groups in the community..

Gibson said »

- Staff Writer

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Director Mark Lamprell talks inheriting a cast in comedy sequel A Few Less Men

23 June 2016 4:41 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

(l-r):.Kevin Bishop,.Xavier Samuel and.Kris A Few Less Men.

A Few Less Men, the sequel to Stephan Elliott's 2011 comedy A Few Best Men, was helmed by Mark Lamprell, the screenwriter of Babe: Pig in the City and director of 2000's My Mother Frank and 2013's Goddess.

Lamprell came on board after reading the script by Dean Craig (Death at a Funeral), who wrote the original film.

"It was lovely working on somebody else's screenplay because it was a really solid screenplay structurally," Lamprell said. "I could see that there was a really good movie in there. Dean's a very accomplished writer. The whole guts of it were laid out before me.".

Lamprell, who got his start at Kennedy Miller making Bts documentaries such as The Making of Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985), describes A Few Less Men as "a silly comedy.".

"It's not high-brow wit. »

- Harry Windsor

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First look at A Few Less Men as footage to comedy sequel shopped at Cannes

15 May 2016 4:54 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Xavier Samuel, Kris Marshall and Kevin Bishop in A Few Less Men.

Arclight Films have released a first look at A Few Less Men, the sequel to 2011's A Few Best Men..

The new film sees Goddess' Mark Lamprell taking over directing duties from Priscilla's Stephan Elliot, and will be released by StudioCanal in Australia and Nz.

The film was produced by Laurence Malkin, Tania Chambers and Share Stallings and written by Dean Craig (Death at a Funeral), and footage is currently being screened to buyers in Cannes.

.From a talented group of filmmakers with a proven track record of delivering strong, entertaining stories with broad appeal, A Few Less Men is sure to satisfy audiences in Australia and abroad", said StudioCanal Australia and New Zealand Chief Executive Elizabeth Trotman..

"Here at StudioCanal we are so pleased to be on board and are looking forward to developing an exciting campaign. »

- Staff Writer

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The Kettering Incident set for July 4 world premiere

2 May 2016 11:02 PM, PDT | | See recent news »


The Kettering Incident on location. -. Sleeping Beauty, Huon Valley, Tasmania. Photo: Ben King.


The Kettering Incident, a gripping mystery with otherworldly overtones, will make its world premiere on July 4..

Australian and international expectations for the series continue to build after the show won the Special Jury Prize at the Series Mania Festival in Paris last week..

The eight episode series stars The Night Manager.s Elizabeth Debicki with Matthew Le Nevez.

The series boasts an impressive cast including Henry Nixon, Anthony Phelan, Damon Gameau, Damien Garvey, Sacha Horler, Sianoa Smit-McPhee, Ben Oxenbould, Suzi Dougherty, Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Dylan Young and Neil Pigot. .Many Tasmanian actors feature in the series including Alison Whyte, Kris McQuade, Brad Kannegiesser, Katie Robertson, Marcus Hensley, Nathan Spencer and Matt Burton.

Tasmanian writer Victoria Madden (Lynda La Plante.s Trial and Retribution, The Bill, Halifax Fp) is co-creator of The Kettering Incident with Vincent Sheehan (Animal Kingdom, »

- Staff Writer

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

25 April 2016 5:59 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

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 »

- Brian Karlovsky

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Record applications for Gender Matters programs, assessors announced

12 April 2016 8:55 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Sophie Lowe in Rachel Ward's Beautiful Kate.

Screen Australia has received 452 applications - the most applications ever received for any funding program - for Brilliant Stories and Brilliant Careers, the two programs announced last December under the Gender Matters initiative..

334 female-led creative teams applied for Brilliant Stories, according to a Screen Australia statement..

Successful applicants for Brilliant Stories will receive up to $100,000 for feature films; up to $50,000 for teams to develop an inventive concept into a scripted television series of any genre or budget size; and up to $50,000 for scripted online and interactive projects.

The Brilliant Careers fund is for proposals of up to $250,000 that generate sustainable careers in the screen industry for women; identify gaps in career development pathways for female creatives; and support slates of projects and businesses that connect content to audiences..

118 companies from all around Australia applied for this program, Screen Australia said.

.Screen Australia »

- Staff Writer

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