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Anthony Lapaglia, Melanie Lynskey join Sbs crime thriller 'Sunshine'

Anthony Lapaglia in 'A Month of Sundays'.

Anthony Lapaglia (Lantana) and Melanie Lynskey (Heavenly Creatures) are set to star in Sbs crime thriller Sunshine.

They.ll be joined by local actors Kim Gyngell, Tiarnie Coupland, Vince Colosimo, Leah Vandenberg, Paul Ireland and Trudy Hellier.

The four-part drama is set in the outer-west suburb of Sunshine and its surrounds, and is a co-production between Essential Media and Carver Films..

The show follows Jacob, a young South Sudanese-Australian basketball player who is on the cusp of being picked up by U.S. scouts for the U.S. College league. .

Lapaglia plays Eddie, an ex-player now operating a small sports store in Sunshine who agrees to coach Jacob.s underperforming team, The Sunshine Kings..

In the midst of doing everything he can to make the draft, Jacob finds himself answering to Sunshine-raised lawyer Zara Skelton (Lynskey) when he is caught up in a
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Screen Australia injects $15 million into film and TV production

Storm Boy.

Screen Australia has unveiled the recipients of its last production investment funding round of 2016. $15 million is shared between seven films and eight television projects, including anticipated titles such as Fred Schepisi.s Andorra and the Shawn Seet remake of Storm Boy..

.We are delighted to be supporting TV projects from so many of the major players all in one round including Foxtel, Channel Seven, Network Ten, the ABC and Sbs," CEO Graeme Mason said. "And in film we look forward to seeing the latest from acclaimed talents Fred Schepisi, Jonathan Teplitzky and John Maynard."

The successful feature film projects are:.

– A contemporary re-imagining of 1976 classic Storm Boy from writer Justin Monjo (The Secret Daughter, Spear), director Shawn Seet (Deep Water, The Code) and Ambience Entertainment producers Michael Boughen and Matthew Street (Tomorrow When the War Began). This time around we meet Mike .Storm Boy. Kingley as a grandfather
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Gender Matters: Screen Australia pledges $3 million to female-helmed projects

The 58 recipients of Screen Australia's Gender Matters: Brilliant Stories and Brilliant Careers.funding, designed to address.the gender imbalance.in the screen industry, have been unveiled..

$3 million.will be shared.among 45 female-helmed film, TV and online projects and 13 career boosting initiatives. The announcement marked the largest cohort of projects funded in a single.day in Screen Australia's history. ..

Screen Australia started the Gender Matters program.late last year in response to the industry.s gender inequity.in key creative roles..In film, women make up around 32 per cent of producers, 23 per cent of writers and 16 per cent of directors. .

Screen Australia chief operating officer Fiona Cameron said Gender Matters was unashamedly providing .express lane. access to female business ideas and stories...

.The funding boost provided by Screen Australia has been a game-changer, providing the industry with an opportunity to get behind some very commercial and creative prospects. It.s now time for action,
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Cate Blanchett Directing Stateless

Cate Blanchett Directing Stateless
While TV has consistently been luring actors to commit to miniseries or other projects, usually it has been to appear in front of the camera. Cate Blanchett is taking a different approach, developing and directing Stateless as a new drama. The series, which has Elise McCredie on board to provide the script, is inspired by the true story of Cornelia Rau, a young German/Australian woman and former Qantas air steward who joined a cult in Sydney called Kenja Communication in 1998. After escaping the cult, her traumatic experience wasn’t over, as she was held at the Baxter detention centre in South Australia, accused of being an illegal immigrant and subjected to psychiatric evaluation. According to the press release that Deadline picked up from Screen Australia, the story will hit on themes of “identity, belonging and the extraordinary lengths people will go to find their place in the world.” It
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Screen Aus annual production funding - where did the money go?

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Screen Australia says it has not mismanaged its finances by spending its annual production funding in just six months - a state of affairs which it says reflects the strength of the local film industry.

The government screen agency revealed in mid-December 2012 that it had spent its entire annual $42 million drama production allocation due to the unprecedented number of quality feature film and television projects seeking support. The shock announcement was reminiscent of the agency's abrupt decision to cut its investment cap in 2009 while several films were mid-financed. That decision.threw several major Australian productions into dissaray including The Tree and the biggest box office hit of.2010, Tomorrow When the War Began (Omnilab Media had to increase its investment at the last minute to ensure production).

Overspending on such a scale has never occurred before, even going back to the era of Screen Australia.s predecessor funding arm, the Film Finance Corporation.
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Animal Kingdom director David Michod among Screen Australia funding recipients

David Michod

David Michod’s new film has received funding from Screen Australia, as part of almost $20m of investment from the screen agency.

The investment is expected to trigger $100m worth of production across four feature films, five TV dramas and three children’s dramas.

The Rover is written and directed by Michod, with a story by Michod and Joel Edgerton.

The film has cast Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson in the lead roles.

Michod will also produce the film alongside his Animal Kingdom producing partner Liz Watts for Porchlight Films and David Linde, Ep on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon for his Lava Bear Films.

The film will be distributed by Village Roadshow with international sales by FilmNation.

The Rover, set in the Australian desert in the dangerous near-future sees Eric, a man who has lost almost everything in life, have his car stolen by a gang of criminals.
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Screen Aus invests $20m across 12 projects including The Rover

Screen Australia will invest almost $20 million across 12 screen projects including futuristic Western The Rover, starring Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce.

The film is the latest collaboration between producer Liz Watts and writer-director David Michôd, following the success of their crime-thriller Animal Kingdom in 2010. FilmNation Entertainment acquired the majority of worldwide rights to The Rover at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year while Village Roadshow will distribute the film in Australia.

Screen Australia has also backed three other feature films: drama Felony, written by Joel Edgerton and directed by Matthew Saville (Noise); Healing, a redemptive prison drama starring Don Hany (East West 101) and Hugo Weaving; and Aim High in Creation, a hybrid documentary-drama about the late Kim Jong-il from writer/director Anna Broinowski (Forbidden Lie$).

Screen Australia chief executive Ruth Harley said the four Australian features have huge potential. "The Rover is a powerful, well-crafted script from a talented team with an impressive cast,
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Strange Fits of Passion

The latest in what seems to be an inexhaustible supply of quirky Australian films, Elise McCredie's "anti-romantic, pansexual comedy" tries hard -- very hard -- to put a fresh spin on the eternal theme of the female quest for love, or at least for someone appropriate to lose one's virginity to.

While "Strange Fits of Passion" has its amusing moments, it feels relentlessly forced, and its humor is far more contrived than organic. Nominated for three Australian Film Institute Awards and an official selection at last year's Cannes International Film Festival, the film is unlikely to catch on with American audiences who are still concerned with Bridget Jones' problems.

Newcomer Michela Noonan stars in the central role of She, an unnamed young woman working in a used bookshop in Melbourne. Obsessed with romantic poetry, she is nonetheless totally unequipped when a handsome, poetry-reading man (Jack Finsterer) comes on to her. Quickly and rudely rebuffing his advances, she spends the greater part of the film trying to find him again.

In the meantime, she has a series of predictable romantic misadventures: with a politically correct poet (Samuel Johnson) who refuses to make the first move

with a macho Spanish teacher (Steve Adams)

with her gay best friend, Jimmy Mitchell Butel), who is despondent when his lover is revealed to be cheating on him

and even with a pretty female charity worker (Anni Finsterer) who briefly inspires thoughts of lesbianism.

While the film might have worked with an appealing heroine, it must be said that She, performed by Noonan with a preponderance of tics and mannerisms, is ultimately more irritating than endearing. The rambling screenplay, which employs such tired devices as having its central character address the camera directly, is lacking in wit or depth, with the result that the film, clocking in at a mere 80 minutes, seems at least twice as long. While there are some nice visual touches -- a scene set in a glass-bottomed swimming pool on a rooftop is particularly stylish -- "Passion" is ultimately more enervating than entertaining.

STRANGE FITS OF PASSION

Leisure Time Features

Credits:

Director-screenwriter: Elise McCredie

Producer: Lucy MacIaren

Executive producers: Tim White, Carole Sklan, Bryce Menzies, Ian Fairweather, Roslyn Walker

Director of photography: Jaems Grant

Editors: Chris Branagan, Ken Sallows

Music: Cezary Skubiszewski

Production designer: MacGregor Knox.

Cast:

She: Michela Noonan

Jimmy: Mitchell Butel

Josh: Samuel Johnson

Pablo: Steve Adams

Judy: Anni Finsterer

Jaya: Bojana Novakovic

Francis: Jack Finsterer

No MPAA rating

Color/stereo

Running time -- 80 minutes

Strange Fits of Passion

The latest in what seems to be an inexhaustible supply of quirky Australian films, Elise McCredie's "anti-romantic, pansexual comedy" tries hard -- very hard -- to put a fresh spin on the eternal theme of the female quest for love, or at least for someone appropriate to lose one's virginity to.

While "Strange Fits of Passion" has its amusing moments, it feels relentlessly forced, and its humor is far more contrived than organic. Nominated for three Australian Film Institute Awards and an official selection at last year's Cannes International Film Festival, the film is unlikely to catch on with American audiences who are still concerned with Bridget Jones' problems.

Newcomer Michela Noonan stars in the central role of She, an unnamed young woman working in a used bookshop in Melbourne. Obsessed with romantic poetry, she is nonetheless totally unequipped when a handsome, poetry-reading man (Jack Finsterer) comes on to her. Quickly and rudely rebuffing his advances, she spends the greater part of the film trying to find him again.

In the meantime, she has a series of predictable romantic misadventures: with a politically correct poet (Samuel Johnson) who refuses to make the first move

with a macho Spanish teacher (Steve Adams)

with her gay best friend, Jimmy Mitchell Butel), who is despondent when his lover is revealed to be cheating on him

and even with a pretty female charity worker (Anni Finsterer) who briefly inspires thoughts of lesbianism.

While the film might have worked with an appealing heroine, it must be said that She, performed by Noonan with a preponderance of tics and mannerisms, is ultimately more irritating than endearing. The rambling screenplay, which employs such tired devices as having its central character address the camera directly, is lacking in wit or depth, with the result that the film, clocking in at a mere 80 minutes, seems at least twice as long. While there are some nice visual touches -- a scene set in a glass-bottomed swimming pool on a rooftop is particularly stylish -- "Passion" is ultimately more enervating than entertaining.

STRANGE FITS OF PASSION

Leisure Time Features

Credits:

Director-screenwriter: Elise McCredie

Producer: Lucy MacIaren

Executive producers: Tim White, Carole Sklan, Bryce Menzies, Ian Fairweather, Roslyn Walker

Director of photography: Jaems Grant

Editors: Chris Branagan, Ken Sallows

Music: Cezary Skubiszewski

Production designer: MacGregor Knox.

Cast:

She: Michela Noonan

Jimmy: Mitchell Butel

Josh: Samuel Johnson

Pablo: Steve Adams

Judy: Anni Finsterer

Jaya: Bojana Novakovic

Francis: Jack Finsterer

No MPAA rating

Color/stereo

Running time -- 80 minutes

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