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Director scores two Adg Awards nominations

Matt Saville has been nominated in two categories at the 2015 Australian Directors Guild Awards, for his feature Felony and an episode of Josh Thomas. ABC-tv comedy Please Like Me.

The other nominees in the feature film category are Sophie Hyde for 52 Tuesdays, Jennifer Kent for The Babadook and Robert Connolly for Paper Planes.

There are two nominees for Rake for TV drama series: Jessica Hobbs and Rowan Woods. Also in the running are Shawn Seet for The Code, Geoff Bennett for Love Child and Kevin Carlin for Wentworth.

Kate Dennis and Peter Salmon are both nominated for Secrets & Lies in the TV miniseries category, together with Tony Krawitz (Devil.s Playground). and Ian Watson (Anzac Girls).

The telemovie award is a toss-up between Samantha Lang for Carlotta and Jeffrey Walker for Jack Irish: Dead Point.

In the 30th year of Neighbours, Chris Langman has been nominated in the TV drama
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Mission: to upset, outrage and appal: 25 years of the Tac – and their 25 most powerful ads

Victoria’s Transport Accident Commission has just celebrated its 25th birthday. Robin Hicks looks back at the most powerful ads in its history, and wonders what makes effective road safety advertising.

When the Tac was created in 1987, it declared a mission to ‘upset, outrage and appal’ Victorians to reduce the number of road deaths in the state.

For an ad agency, that is quite a brief.

The Tac began advertising in December 1989, appointing Grey Melbourne, an agency that it has worked with ever since. Twenty-three years later, the state boasts the safest roads in Australia.

When the campaign started, the road death toll in Victoria was 776 in a year. Last year, the total was down to 287.

Of course, the Tac’s progress in reducing road casualties is not just about effective advertising. Safer cars, better roads, government legislation, heavier police enforcement and heftier fines have helped. But these factors are
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Clems wins agency of the year at Madc Awards

Clemenger Bbdo Melbourne was named agency of the year at the Melbourne Advertising & Design Club Awards tonight.

The agency won top honours for the second year running. However, rival Gpy&R Melbourne – which won more lions at Cannes this year than any Australian agency – did not enter for the second consecutive year. Last year, Patts Ecd Ben Coulson cited cost reasons for not supporting the event, which is Melbourne’s top awards show.

The awards list in full:

The Adstream Award for Agency of the Year


Clemenger Bbdo Melbourne

The Madc Award for Best in Show


Guilt Trips V/Line Agency McCann

The Madc Award for Lifetime Achievement


Scott Whybin, Whybin Tbwa

The Blackley Award for Creative Leader of the Year


Jason Williams, Leo Burnett

The Madc Award for Client of the Year


Carlton United Brewers

The Exit Films Award for Best Junior


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Hyundai Sante Fe: Experience the unforgettable

Korean car specialist Innocean has launched a campaign for the Hyundai Sante Fe that sees a family drive through a mountainous landscape where they encounter black and white portraits of themselves.

The ad was directed by Bruce Hunt and visual effects were by Animal Logic, which bought part of post house Fuel FX today.

Oliver Mann, marketing director at Hyundai, said in a press release: “The new Santa Fe brings Hyundai’s promise of modern premium products to family SUV buyers. The new campaign matches these families’ adventurous lifestyles with Santa Fe’s appealing blend of style, quality and capability.”

Scott Lambert, Innocean’s creative director added: “The New Santa Fe is a beautiful SUV that can take you to unforgettable places where moments and memories can be found. Bruce and Danny have created a film that makes you just want to visit there”.


Client – Hyundai Motor Company Australia

Marketing Director,
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Tac campaign urges bikers to slow down

A sickening bike accident is replayed in reverse in a new campaign by the Transport Accident Commission in Victoria.

The agency behind the campaign was Grey Melbourne, which has handled the Tac account for more than two decades.


Client: Tac Marketing Project Manager: Shenagh Macrae Tac Senior Manager, Road Safety & Marketing: John Thompson Agency: CD/Writer: Nigel Dawson Art Director: Peter Becker Producer: Sandi Gracin Ecd: Michael Knox General Manager: Randal Glennon Account Director: Jodi Gubana Production Company: Revolver Films Director: Bruce Hunt Producer: Catherine Jarman Cinematographer: Danny Ruhlmann Editor: Seth Lockwood Editing Company: Method Studios Sound Design/Arrangement: Simon Kate/Song Zu Post Production: Animal Logic Animation/Visual Effects: Animal Logic

Other credits:

Post Production/VFX: Animal Logic VFX Supervisor / Lead Compositor – Morgane Furio VFX Supervisor / Animation – Scott Hunter VFX Producer – Tyrone Estephan Lighting – Andrew Lodge / Manuel Macha / Aaron Hoffman FX – Larry Townsend Modelling / Surfacing – John Saleem Rigging
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Australian Directors Guild announces Adg Award nominees

The Australian Director’s Guild has announced its nominees for the 2012 Adg Awards

Across the various categories, the nominations include Justin Kurzel for Snowtown, Matthew Saville for The Slap, Tony Krawitz for The Tall Man, Paul Scott for documentary series Outback Fight Club and Bruce Hunt for Subaru Xv’s Carwash.

The ceremony will be held as part of the Adg’s 30th anniversary at the Australian Maritime Museum in Sydney on May 11.

Kingston Anderson, general manager of the Adg said: “This will be the largest celebration and Awards ceremony the Adg has ever hosted and will be an opportunity to highlight the many achievements of Adg members over the past 30 years and the significant role they have played in the development of the Australian screen industry, as well as to honour the best directors of 2012.”

The nominations are:

Feature film

Brendan Fletcher - Mad Bastards

Justin KurzelSnowtown

Julia Leigh
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Matrix, Dark City alumni Bruce Hunt to direct Popbot

Resolution Independent has found a director to take the reigns of their ambitious adaptation of Ashley Wood's graphic series, Popbot. It's Bruce Hunt and you'll know his work. While most recently he directed second unit on Guillermo del Toro's horror reboot, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, he has a serious history working in cutting-edge science fiction, directing second unit on The Matrix and even working one of our favourite movies, Dark City, where he shot miniatures and FX.

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$15m for films and TV

Screen Australia has announced an investment of $15m on 13 productions, including a German/Australian co-production directed by Cate Shortland and development for Bruce Beresford, Sarah Watt and Phillip Noyce projects.

In terms of films, Fred Schepisi’s The Eye of the Storm - which began production without financial support from Screen Australia – is one of the beneficiaries.

Shortland’s co-production Lore will be produced by Liz Watts, Karsten Stöter, Benny Drechsel, Paul Welsh and Gabriele Kranzelbinder and set in 1945 Germany.

The third feature to receive support is Kieran Darcy-Smith’s debut Say Nothing, written in conjuction with Felicity Price and produced by Angie Felder.

TV series The Slap, Cleo and Blood Brother, as well as series two of Spirited. also received financial support.

The agency estimates that these projects will generate production worth $72m.

The projects are:

The Eye Of The Storm

Paper Bark Films Eos Pty Ltd

Executive Producers Jonathan Shteinman,
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The 15 Biggest Cult Films of the Past Five Years

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I truly set out to make a definitive, objective list of the biggest cult films from the last five years today. However, pinning down a usable definition of "cult film" with a truly workable set of criteria was not just challenging, but nearly impossible. The one constant in definitions for cult films, however, was that they are movies that failed commercially, not just at the box office, but often in DVD sales, yet eventually found a successful second life after their initial release.

The best I could do was to spend way more hours than I expected to researching DVD sales, rental charts, and Netflix rankings from the last five years and combine those with my own anecdotal observations as a movie critic. There's no way to implement an algorithm to determine the standings (and actual figures are often very hard to come by), but in piecing together the evidence
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Cibrian dives into 'Evil' pic with Chestnut

Morris Chestnut and Eddie Cibrian are getting evil for Sony's Screen Gems. The duo have joined Cole Hauser in the Lakeshore Entertainment production Prime Evil for Bruce Hunt, who is making his feature directorial debut on the project. Slated to start shooting in April in Eastern Europe, Prime Evil centers on a group of hotshot cave divers who get trapped in an underground cave system. They are then forced to battle demonic creatures when they attempt to escape. Chestnut and Cibrian play members of the diving troupe. Michael Steinberg and Tegan West wrote the screenplay, which is being produced by Andrew Mason and Lakeshore Entertainment's Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi. Screen Gems is pegging a 2005 release. Chestnut is repped by CAA. He has a long history with Screen Gems after starring in the specialty arm's releases The Brothers, Two Can Play That Game, Half Past Dead and the upcoming films Breakin' All the Rules and Anacondas: The Hunt for the Black Orchid. Cibrian is repped by CAA. The Third Watch series regular has been seen on the big screen in But I'm a Cheerleader and Say It Isn't So. Steinberg, West and Hunt are all repped by ICM. Steinberg is additionally repped by 9 yards Entertainment.

Hauser to dive into lead in 'Cave'

Hauser to dive into lead in 'Cave'
Cole Hauser will dive deep for Screen Gems and Lakeshore Entertainment. The actor, most recently seen as the lead villain opposite Paul Walker in 2 Fast 2 Furious, has scored a lead role in Cave. Bruce Hunt, who directed the second and third units on The Matrix and The Matrix Revolutions, will make his directorial debut on the horror thriller. Penned by Michael Steinberg, the project revolves around a group of expert cave explorers who go for a deep sea ocean dive to explore a cave. While on the expedition, the cave collapses, leaving the team stranded. By the time they are discovered, they have all mysteriously mutated into primeval beings. Hauser will star as the team's lead explorer. Other casting is expected shortly.

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