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Cameras roll on Sq and Stan's first feature 'The Second'

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Rachael Blake and Mairi Cameron on the set of 'The Second'. (Photo: Stephen Lance.)

Production kicked off last week in south east Queensland on Stan.s first feature, The Second..

The psychological thriller, first announced early last year, is being directed by Mairi Cameron and produced by Leanne Tonkes and writer Stephen Lance. Tonkes and Lance have previously worked together on the 2014 feature My Mistress.

Shooting will take place in Brisbane and through the Western Downs region including Dalby.s Jimbour House, Jandowae and Lake Broadwater..

.Stephen Lance and I are delighted to be launching Mairi.s feature career and to be working with Amy Hobby and Anne Hubbell of Tangerine Entertainment — two wonderful advocates of female filmmakers," said Tonkes..

The Second.follows two female friends whose lives entwine in the pages of an elusive second novel. Cast includes Rachael Blake, Susie Porter, Vince Colosimo, Martin Sacks and Susan Prior.
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Cameras roll on Stan's first feature 'The Second'

  • IF.com.au
Rachael Blake and Mairi Cameron on the set of "The Second. (Photo: Stephen Lance.)

Production kicked off last week in south east Queensland on Stan.s first feature, The Second..

The psychological thriller, first announced early last year, is being directed by Mairi Cameron and produced by Leanne Tonkes and writer Stephen Lance. Tonkes and Lance have previously worked together on the 2014 feature My Mistress.

Shooting will take place in Brisbane and through the Western Downs region including Dalby.s Jimbour House, Jandowae and Lake Broadwater..

.Stephen Lance and I are delighted to be launching Mairi.s feature career and to be working with Amy Hobby and Anne Hubbell of Tangerine Entertainment — two wonderful advocates of female filmmakers," said Tonkes..

The Second.follows two female friends whose lives entwine in the pages of an elusive second novel. Cast includes Rachael Blake, Susie Porter, Vince Colosimo, Martin Sacks and Susan Prior.
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Andrew Knight, Jocelyn Moorhouse team for WWII film 'The Wedding Officer'

(l-r) James Mackay, Sarah Snook and Jocelyn Moorhouse on the set of 'The Dressmaker' (photo credit: Ben King).

Screen Australia has announced development funding for seven feature films and one high-end television project, plus production funding for three digital series and one Vr project..

Among the slate of features is The Wedding Officer, a WWII drama adapted by Andrew Knight (Hacksaw Ridge, Jack Irish) from a novel by Anthony Capella.

Jocelyn Moorhouse (The Dressmaker) is attached to direct with Revlover Films' Martha Coleman producing. The feature has secured matched funding from eOne, who produced Knight's The Water Diviner.

The film revolves around a young British officer sent to allied occupied Naples to clean up corruption and curb the run of British soldiers marrying Neapolitan girls. The locals decide to corrupt him the best way they know how: with food. .

Other films include Relic, a Gender Matters: Brilliant Stories
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Rockzeline signs multiplatform sci-fi 'Restoration', web series 'Jade of Death'

'Restoration' (Photo credit: Jeff Paine)..

Rockzeline, the Paris-based sales agent which reps the likes of The Wizards of Aus, Airlock and Wastelander Panda, has picked up two Aussie titles: multiplatform sci-fi thriller Restoration and web series Jade of Death.

Rockzeline has offices in Paris, Los Angeles, Montreal and Sydney, and specialises in digital short-form projects..

They also produce original content in Australia through their production subsidiary Deadrock, a partnership between Enzo Tedeschi.s Deadhouse Films and Rockzeline.

Directed by Stuart Willis and produced by Midnight Snack Productions, Restoration is set in a near-future world where humans have their memories downloaded for backup via a new and dangerous technology.

The one-hour film, which stars Craig McLachlan, premiered on Nine in August last year, and in New Zealand on Sky TV.s sci-fi channel The Zone in December. It also secured a berth on Stan, where it.s currently available to stream.
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Queer Screen helps to bring two projects to screen

'Nothing to Lose - The Documentary' was awarded $8000. (Photo: The Aperture Club)

Body positive doco Nothing to Lose — The Documentary and web series Jade of Death are winners of this year.s Queer Screen.s Completion Fund.

The fund was established to provide independent Lgbtiq filmmakers with support to tell stories that reflect the diversity of their lives. To have been eligible, projects must have already completed principal photography and now be in post-production.

Nothing to Lose — The Documentary, was awarded $8000 to help bring it to screens after four years in post. The doco charts the creation of Force Majuere and Kelli Jean Drinkwater's 'Nothing to Lose' dance theatre show, which aimed to challenge stereotypes by featuring performers with large bodies. Drinkwater also directed the doc, produced by Jain Moralee and Ciny Rodriguez. .

Accepting the grant at the Mardi Gras Film Festival launch, Drinkwater said: .I'm sure you know that
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Banner year for Oz feature docs

This is a golden era for Australian feature documentaries as typified by the five critically-acclaimed titles in contention for the best feature doc prize at the fifth Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards.

Maya Newell.s Gayby Baby, Michael Ware and Bill Guttentag.s Only the Dead, Jen Peedom.s Sherpa, Damon Gameau.s That Sugar Film and Gillian Armstrong.s Women He.s Undressed are the nominees.

The Aacta Awards will be presented in Sydney in December, with the Seven Network telecasting the major awards on December 9.

Also revealed today were the nominees for best short animation and best short fiction film. In the running for the former are Adam Elliot.s Ernie Biscuit, Joe Brumm.s The Meek, Mikey Hill.s The Orchestra and Janette Goodey and John Lewis. The Story of Percival Pilts.

The nominees for best short fiction are Matt Holcomb.s Flat Daddy,
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Oz critics salute The Babadook

After tying for best film with The Water Diviner at the Aacta Awards, Jennifer Kent.s The Babadook has won the major prizes at the Australian Film Critics Association annual film and writing awards.

The horror movie took the awards for best film, director, lead actress Essie Davis and supporting actor Noah Wiseman.

Emulating his Aacta Award, David Gulpilil was named best actor for Charlie.s Country. Sarah Snook (who was recognised as best actress for Predestination at the AACTAs) was the surprise winner for best supporting actress for These Final Hours.

Gulpilil and Rolf de Heer collected the original screenplay award and Charlie.s Country.s Ian Jones was feted as best DoP. Gulpilil received his best actor statue on Friday evening from Aaron Pedersen (last year's Afca best actor winner for Mystery Road) during the BlakNite event at Treasury Gardens. He dedicated the award to .the spirit of the country and his family.
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The Water Diviner leads Oz critics awards contenders

Russell Crowe's The Water Diviner is in the running for nine awards from the Film Critics Circle of Australia.

The Babadook and Predestination each scored eight nominations for the awards which will be presented on Tuesday 10 March in Sydney.

There are five nominations apiece for Charlie.s Country, Felony, The Rover and Tracks. Some 12 films released in calendar 2014 got nods.

Up for best film are The Babadook (producers Kristina Ceyton and Kristian Moliere), Charlie.s Country (Rolf de Heer, Peter Djigirr and Nils Erik Nielsen), Predestination (Paddy McDonald, Tim McGahan and Michael Spierig), Tracks (Iain Canning, Emile Sherman) and The Water Diviner ( Troy Lum, Andrew Mason and Keith Rodger).

Unlike the Aacta Awards, Crowe was nominated for best director alongside John Curran, de Heer, Jennifer Kent and the Spierig brothers.

Fcca president and ABC Radio host Rod Quinn said, .This year.s nominees show the diversity of the Australian
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Australian Academy Awards Shared by ‘Water Diviner’ and ‘The Babadook’

Australian Academy Awards Shared by ‘Water Diviner’ and ‘The Babadook’
The top film prize at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts was shared by “The Water Diviner” and “The Babadook.”

Both films were by first time feature directors, Russell Crowe and Jennifer Kent, respectively.

Kent also claimed the Aacta award for best direction.

David Gulpilil’s performance in “Charlie’s Country” saw him awarded Best Lead Actor. “Predestination” star Sarah Snook was awarded Best Lead Actress. Susan Prior’s performance in “The Rover” earned her Best Supporting Actress prize and Yilmaz Erdogan was awarded Best Supporting Actor for his role in “the Water Diviner.”

The Railway Man was awarded for Best Adapted Screenplay, while “The Lego Movie,” shunned at the Oscars, took home the Aacta Award for Best Visual Effects or Animation.

The Aacta Award for Best Feature Length Documentary went to “Ukraine Is Not a Brothel.”

Further individual prizes went to: Rose Byrne, who collected the Trailblazer
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Aacta awards 2015 – as they happened

The Water Diviner and The Babadook share top film honours and ABC’s The Code is the biggest TV winner. All the red carpet glitz, gossip and gongs from Sydney

Water Diviner and Babadook tie, but at least they’re AussieAactas red carpet: the stars arrive – in pictures

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The big winners? The Water Diviner and The Babadook for film, and The Code for its multiple awards in the telly categories.

Plenty more to celebrate and debate in the coming days. We’ll be back on Friday with the best quotes and pictures. Not to mention our weekly film column that sees Luke Buckmaster re-watching the cult classics of Australian cinema, week in week out, for your reading/viewing pleasure.

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And, breathe, we’re almost there. Cate and Debs are back on stage to lead into the final and biggest gong of the night: the award for
See full article at The Guardian - TV News »

Aacta awards 2015 – as they happened

The Water Diviner and The Babadook share top film honours and ABC’s The Code is the biggest TV winner. All the red carpet glitz, gossip and gongs from Sydney

Water Diviner and Babadook tie, but at least they’re AussieAactas red carpet: the stars arrive – in pictures

8.58pm Aest

The big winners? The Water Diviner and The Babadook for film, and The Code for its multiple awards in the telly categories.

Plenty more to celebrate and debate in the coming days. We’ll be back on Friday with the best quotes and pictures. Not to mention our weekly film column that sees Luke Buckmaster re-watching the cult classics of Australian cinema, week in week out, for your reading/viewing pleasure.

8.39pm Aest

And, breathe, we’re almost there. Cate and Debs are back on stage to lead into the final and biggest gong of the night: the award for
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

Babadook, Water Diviner share Aacta best film

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Babadook, Water Diviner share Aacta best film
Double win marks the first time two films have shared Australia’s top film prize.Scroll down for full list of winners

Russell Crowe’s The Water Diviner and Jennifer Kent thriller The Babadook have both won the Aacta (Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts) Award for best film, marking the first time that two titles have shared the country’s top film prize.

The event in Sydney, hosted this year by actresses Cate Blanchett and Deborah Mailman, is only the 4th annual Aacta Awards but they were the result of an overhaul of the AFI (Australian Film Institute) Awards, which were established in 1969.

The two winning films could not be more different from each other. Kent’s meticulously crafted low-budget claustrophobic thriller, The Babadook, is about a single mother who battles with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the house.

Gladiator star Crowe’s directorial debut, The Water Diviner, is about
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Historic tie for best film at the AACTAs

Jennifer Kent.s The Babadook and Russell Crowe.s The Water Diviner tied for best film at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (Aacta) awards in Sydney.

That.s the first joint award for best film in AFI/Aacta history. Kent also collected the awards for best director (Crowe wasn't nominated in that category) and original screenplay.

Telecast on Network Ten, the awards drew just 297,000 viewers in the five metro cities last night, proving more popular in Melbourne (107,000) than Sydney (80,000).

Playmaker Media.s conspiracy thriller The Code collared the awards for best TV drama, lead actor in a TV drama (Ashley Zukerman), supporting actress (Chelsie Preston Crayford) and direction in a TV drama or comedy (Shawn Seet). The Longford Lyell Award, named for Australian cinema pioneers Raymond Longford and Lottie Lyell, went to screenwriter Andrew Knight, whose credits as head writer or co-writer include Fast Forward, Full Frontal,
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Russell Crowe-Directed Movie Up for Australian Film Award; Crowe Shortlisted Only in Acting Category

Director Russell Crowe Movie up for Best Film: Australian Academy Awards 2015 nominations (photo: Actor-director Russell Crowe in 'The Water Diviner') Aacta Awards: Feature Film Categories Best Film The Babadook Kristina Ceyton and Kristian Moliere Charlie's Country Nils Erik Nielsen, Peter Djigirr and Rolf de Heer Predestination Paddy McDonald, Tim McGahan, Peter Spierig and Michael Spierig The Railway Man Chris Brown, Andy Paterson and Bill Curbishley Tracks Emile Sherman and Iain Canning The Water Diviner Andrew Mason, Keith Rodger and Troy Lum Best Director The Babadook Jennifer Kent Charlie's Country Rolf de Heer Predestination Peter Spierig and Michael Spierig The Rover David Michôd Best Actress Kate Box The Little Death Essie Davis The Babadook Sarah Snook Predestination Mia Wasikowska Tracks Best Actor Russell Crowe The Water Diviner David Gulpilil Charlie's Country Damon Herriman The Little Death Guy Pearce The Rover Best Supporting Actor Patrick Brammall The Little Death Yilmaz Erdogan
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Watch the first five minutes of The Rover

Following on from its UK release this past Friday, Entertainment One has posted the first five minutes of David Michod’s The Rover online, and we have it for you below after the official synopsis…

Set in the near future, the world of The Rover is one where mankind’s greed and excesses have pushed civilization to the breaking point.

With society in decline, the rule of law has disintegrated and life is cheap. Hardened loner Eric (Guy Pearce) travels the desolate towns and roads of the scorched and dangerous Australian outback. When a brutal gang of thieves steals his car and only remaining possession, they leave behind the wounded Rey (Robert Pattinson) in their wake. Forcing Rey to help track the gang, Eric gives chase.

Determined beyond reason, unrelenting in the pursuit of his prey, Eric will go to any lengths to take back the one thing that matters to him.
See full article at Flickeringmyth »

Flickering Myth Podcast – Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson and David Michôd talk The Rover

The Flickering Myth Podcast goes down under….

Flickering Myth deputy editor Luke Owen sat down with Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson and David Michôd to talk about The Rover, released in the UK tomorrow.

Read our ★★★★ review here.

“The film is set in the Australian desert, in a dangerous and damaged near future. Eric (Pearce) has left everything, everyone and every semblance of human kindness behind him when a gang of desperate criminals steals his last possession. Eric sets off on a ruthless mission to track them down, forced along the way to enlist the help of Rey (Pattinson), the naïve and injured junior member of the gang who was left behind in the chaos of the gang’s most recent robbery.”

Featuring alongside Pearce and Pattinson in the cast of The Rover are David Field (Chopper), Gillian Jones (Oscar and Lucinda), Scoot McNairy (Argo) and Animal Kingdom stars Susan Prior and Anthony Hayes.
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The Rover Review

Director: David Michôd

Starring: Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson, Scoot McNairy

Running Time: 102 mins

Certificate: 15

Synopsis: 10 years after a global economic collapse, a hardened loner pursues the men who stole his only possession, his car. Along the way, he captures one of the thieves’ brother, and the duo form an uneasy bond during the dangerous journey.

A drifter has his car stolen by a trio of robbers, bruised and bloody from a botched crime scene. The owner gives chase, but this is no ordinary revenge thriller. We are in a sweltering Outback of the near future, ravaged by social collapse and as the thieves are about to learn, nothing will halt the relentless pursuit of The Rover. Writer and director David Michôd’s latest offering is an exhausting but often powerful journey into a landscape without boundaries or rules.

Though the film’s central relationship concerns a middle-aged burnout clinging to
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Halfway Pt. 5 Best Performances

Are you getting restless about all these halfway posts? We're almost done. The Power of List compels me. There's one more halfway post to go that's basically 'The Oscar Charts are Updated!' as the coding problem I mentioned is fixed and the updates are happening behind the scenes as you read this. We must get all this halfway business behind us by Saturday morning so that we can ape out all weekend with Andy Serkis & Co and start this second half of the year off right.

Herewith...

The Greatest Performances Of 2014's First Half

Best Leading Actress: Keira Knightley does her most relaxed and fluid work ever in Begin Again as a musician at a crossroads, never letting any one aspect of the character's situation pigeonhole her emotional responses; Agata Kulesza is an abrasive and evasive presence in her first scenes in Ida as a cynical woman who is
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Robert Pattinson, Guy Pearce & David Michôd Introduce us to the world of The Rover in our Exclusive Video

This year’s Cannes film festival played host to the premiere of David Michôd’s bleak follow up to his fearsome 2010 film Animal Kingdom. Today we have an exclusive introduction to the dark near-future world of The Rover.

Michôd’s latest film takes place ten years after a global collapse with cultures and societies shifting and realigning. Pearce’s downtroddden farmer finds himself on a dangerous journey through the unforgiving landscape following a violent robbery.

This short peek behind the scenes introduces us to the main players in this dystopian funk, along with Messrs. Pearce and Pattinson we have Susan Prior, Producer David Linde and Cinematographer Natasha Braier to talk us through own visions of Michôd’s strange new world.

Take a look below,

Braier’s work in particular is shown off beautifully here and she has done some fine work with the likes of Shane Meadows and Lynne Ramsay,
See full article at HeyUGuys »

Robert Pattinson, Guy Pearce & David Michôd Introduce us to the world of The Rover in our Exclusive Video

This year’s Cannes film festival played host to the premiere of David Michôd’s bleak follow up to his fearsome 2010 film Animal Kingdom. Today we have an exclusive introduction to the dark near-future world of The Rover.

Michôd’s latest film takes place ten years after a global collapse with cultures and societies shifting and realigning. Pearce’s downtroddden farmer finds himself on a dangerous journey through the unforgiving landscape following a violent robbery.

This short peek behind the scenes introduces us to the main players in this dystopian funk, along with Messrs. Pearce and Pattinson we have Susan Prior, Producer David Linde and Cinematographer Natasha Braier to talk us through own visions of Michôd’s strange new world.

Take a look below,

Braier’s work in particular is shown off beautifully here and she has done some fine work with the likes of Shane Meadows and Lynne Ramsay,
See full article at HeyUGuys »
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