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Turkey Shoot director counts on overseas deals to find audience

9 December 2014 2:29 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Though Jon Hewitt.s latest project, Turkey Shoot, was released theatrically last week; Australian cinemas is not where the writer/director is hoping his film will find its primary audience.

In a movement being echoed around the industry, Hewitt is pinning his hopes on VoD returns, with a focus on international sales in particular.

.Theatrical [release] is over for about 90 per cent of any film made anywhere in the world,. he tells If. .You just have to look at what.s released in cinemas now to understand that, but we are still compelled and forced to release every Australian film that gets made to give it a theatrical release, because of the way things are financed.

.So that.s led to a lot of negativity because there.s a lot of movies that just won.t work theatrically. Theatrical is whole different thing now, it.s about tent-pole movies and blockbusters »

- Emily Blatchford

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Guardian, Lightning land Turkey Shoot

3 November 2014 3:26 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Guardian Entertainment International in collaboration with Lightning Entertainment has acquired world sales rights to Jon Hewitt’s action film starring Dominic Purcell.

Turkey Shoot will receive its market debut at Afm this week and is directed by Jon Hewitt, who wrote the screenplay with Belinda McClory.

The action takes place in the not-too-distant future as a disgraced former Navy Seal is allowed to swap a prison sentence for participation in a kill-or-be-killed hit reality TV show.

The film is based on Brian Trenchard-Smith’s 1982 film and also stars Viva Bianca, Belinda McClory and Robert Taylor.

Antony I Ginnane produces and William Fayman, Richard S Guardian, Anthony J Lyons, Trenchard-Smith, Mark Spratt and Peter de Rauch serve as executive producers.

Lightning’s international sales slate includes the comedy Preggoland, drama Bravetown starring Lucas Till, Josh Duhamel, Maria Bello and Laura Dern, horror-thrillers Indigenous, Dark House, The Pack, dramatic thriller Ask Me Anything and Healing with Hugo Weaving. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Turkey Shoot Reloaded set to roll

9 January 2014 4:13 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Dominic Purcell, Viva Bianca and Robert Taylor are set to star in Turkey Shoot Reloaded, an action adventure set in the near future.

The director is Jon Hewitt (X, Acolytes, Bloodlust), who co-wrote the screenplay with his wife, actress-writer Belinda McClory, with whom he collaborated on X and Acolytes.

Hewitt tells If the film is in the spirit of Brian Trenchard-Smith.s 1982 cult item Turkey Shoot but is not a reboot. .I loved Turkey Shoot but I did not want to remake it," he says. "This is a complete reinvention..

Principal photography starts in Melbourne on February 5. The Post Lounge is handling the visual effects and investing in the film. The producer is Antony I. Ginnane, who produced Turkey Shoot, with David Lightfoot as line producer and Lizzette Atkins as associate producer. Trenchard-Smith is an executive producer.

Turkey Shoot (also known outside Australia as Escape 2000 and Blood Camp Thatcher »

- Don Groves

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