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Screen Oz funds another series of Redfern Now plus two films

11 November 2012 10:44 PM, PST | Encore Magazine | See recent Encore Magazine news »

Actor/director Leah Purcell added to writing team for Redfern Now series two

Screen Australia is to fund a second series of gritty indigenous drama Redfern Now as part of a $5.5m funding round.

The public funding body has also announced that it is to invest in feature films Son of a Gun - by Julius Avery and starring Ewan McGregor – and My Mistress, to be produced Leanne Tonkes, directed Stephen Lance and written by Gerard Lee.

Joining Redfern Now’s writing team of last year; Jon Bell, Steven McGregor and Adrian Wills, is first series directors Wayne Blair and Leah Purcell.

The series, made up of six standalone episodes, is produced by Darren Dale and Miranda Dear for Blackfella FilmsRedfern Now debuted on ABC1 on Thursday 1 November rating 721,000.

Jimmy McGovern, creator of the UK’s Cracker and The Street will again lead the development process of the series. »

- Colin Delaney

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Jane Campion's 'Top Of The Lake' Adds Lucy Lawless & More; Set Photos Unveil First Look At Newcomer Jacqueline Joe

28 March 2012 8:16 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

In case the abundance of television news lately wasn't enough of a hint, it's pilot season which can see some interesting projects attempt to break onto the scene. One television project already fronting cameras that we're highly anticipating for next year is Jane Campion's six-part mini-series "Top Of The Lake." Led by "Mad Men" star Elisabeth Moss, the Gerard Lee co-scripted tale follows the story of detective Robin Griffin as she loses herself investigating the disappearance of the 12-year-old pregnant daughter of a local drug lord in remote, mountainous New Zealand. The cast also features David Wenham, Peter Mullan and Holly Hunter with Garth Davis sharing directorial duties with Campion. The currently-lensing project has topped up its cast with a trio of television stars in Lucy Lawless ('Spartacus,' 'Xena'), Robyn Malcolm ("Outrageous Fortune") and Jay Ryan (CBS' upcoming 'Beauty & The...


- Simon Dang

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