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7 items from 2015

X Factor winner Cyrus to perform live at Aacta Awards

8 December 2015 2:00 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

X Factor winner Cyrus will perform live on the red carpet at this year's Aacta Awards.

Rachel Griffiths and Teresa Palmer have also been anounced as presenters at tonight's ceremony at The Star Event Centre in Sydney.

Griffiths and Palmer will join guests and presenters including Mel Gibson, Radha Mitchell, nominee Patrick Brammall, Stephen Peacocke, Magda Szubanski, Megan Gale and Home and Away's Georgie Parker and Bonnie Sveen.

A highlight of the show will be the presentation of Australia.s highest screen award, the Aacta Longford Lyell Award, to Cate Blanchett..

Hugo Weaving (nominated for his performance in The Dressmaker) and Richard Roxburgh will present the Award, with a tribute from Gillian Armstrong and filmed tributes from Martin Scorsese, Robert Redford, Alejandro González Iñárritu and Ron Howard.

In a record-breaking year for Australian films at the local box office, anticipation around who will take home a golden statuette is hot. »

- Staff Writer

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Mel Gibson to present at Aacta Awards

2 December 2015 5:13 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Mel Gibson is set to present at the 5th Aacta Awards in Sydney next week.

Gibson, who is currently filming World War II film Hacksaw Ridge in Nsw, will be joined by Manu Feildel, Magda Szubanski, Megan Gale, Erik Thomson, and Brenton Thwaites.

Emma Freedman will host the show.s red carpet.

Birds of Tokyo and UK dance group Rudimental will also perform live at the Ceremony..

Since releasing their debut album Home in 2013 (which sold over half a million copies) Rudimental has received a swag of Awards, including a Brit Award for Best British Single for .Waiting All Night...

Justice Crew recently recorded the Aacta Awards Ceremony show opener on location in Sydney off the back of their brand new single, Good Time; a rhythmic urban track written by Dante Jones and Andrew Bolooki..

The show opener also features top favourite TV talent including Mandy McElhinney, Home and Away »

- Brian Karlovsky

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Barracuda unearths new talent

24 November 2015 1:14 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Newcomers Elias Anton and Ben Kindon are playing the leads in Barracuda, the 4-part Matchbox Pictures drama for ABC directed by Rob Connolly.

The ABC revealed the casts and storylines of its 2016 adult dramas, all previously commissioned and announced, at its upfronts presentation on Tuesday night.

The broadcaster confirmed a third season of Matchbox Pictures. Nowhere Boys and announced two animated series. Planet 55 Studios. sci-fi/adventure Prisoner Zero follows teen heroes Tag and Gem and their mysterious friend Prisoner Zero.

Stark Production.s The Deep is the saga of the Nekton family who encounter leviathans swimming through sunken cities, modern day pirates lurking amidst floating black markets and mysterious guardians who conceal long lost secrets.

The teen-targeted slate also includes Ambience Entertainment.s Tomorrow, When the War Began, based on the novels by John Marsden. In Barracuda, Anton plays Danny Kelly, a Melbourne teenager who yearns for a gold medal »

- Don Groves

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Ford and Samson star in unlikely love story

20 August 2015 3:14 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Luke Ford and Anna Samson play a distinctly odd couple at the centre of What Time Is My Heart?, the debut feature from writer-director Romi Trower.

Produced by Tristram Miall, the privately financed film also features Brooke Satchwell, Wade Briggs, Meyne Wyatt, Eddie Baroo and Kaarin Fairfax. Shooting wrapped in suburban Melbourne at the end of last month.

Ford, whose recent credits include Infini, Catching Milat and Deadline Gallipoli, plays Adrian, an It genius with a penchant for fast cars, leather gloves and soppy 1980s pop music, who also happens to have Ocd.

Samson (The Doctor Blake Mysteries, Winners & Losers) is Grace, a street artist with multiple personalities who can only engage in sexual activity through her promiscuous alter ego named G.

The new neighbours find themselves in therapy with the same psychiatrist and share a walk home one evening, beginning a kind of impossible love story with no touching, »

- Don Groves

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Footballer Wants a Wife set for September launch

16 August 2015 4:28 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Six-part web series Footballer Wants A Wife is set to launch on September 8.

Brooke Satchwell, Ben Nicholas and Cassandra Magrath form the cast of series which parodies reality TV dating shows.

The series was funded through Screen Australia.s Multiplatform Drama program and follows three young footballers as they embark on their modern-day journey to find true love.

The series had been in development since 2012 until Ben Nicholas took the concept to Jonathan Dutton, and Julian V. Costanzo from Crankyfish, a production company specialising in TVCs and story-led digital content..

Nicholas said he didn't feel like there were any roles he was auditioning for that were fun and in line with the type of work he wanted to be doing as an actor.

"I also really wanted to write my own show," he said..

"So while I was waiting tables, I came up with the idea of Footballer Wants A Wife. »

- Brian Karlovsky

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The luck of the Irish for Darcy-Smith

9 August 2015 3:48 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Based in the Us for the past three years, Kieran Darcy-Smith had not seen the Jack Irish telepics when he was offered the gig as set-up director of the spin-off series starring Guy Pearce as a former criminal lawyer turned private investigator and debt collector.

After watching the telepics and reading the scripts for the 6-part ABC series by Andrew Knight, Matt Cameron and Andrew Anastasios, Darcy-Smith readily agreed.

In his first TV drama assignment, the director whose breakthrough was Wish You Were Here is directing two episodes and Mark Joffe and Daniel Nettheim are each helming two. Essential Media and Entertainment.s Ian Collie is the series producer.

.The scripts are sensational; this is as good as TV drama gets,. Kieran tells If as shooting is underway in Melbourne to be followed by a week in the Philippines. .I am working with the A-team..

The plot is under wraps so Darcy-Smith is circumspect, »

- Don Groves

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MipTV: Hulu Takes ‘Wonderland’ in the U.S., Other Buyers Ink Deals

7 April 2015 3:45 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — Ahead of next week’s content market MipTV in Cannes, Beta Film has inked licensing deals in the U.S., Canada, Israel and a number of European territories for drama series “Wonderland,” which is set on Sydney’s beach.

Beta closed contracts with Hulu for the U.S. as well as with Bell/CTV Group for Canada. The 44 episode one-hour series, revolving around a group of young urban professionals navigating the pitfalls of friendship, love and sex, will also air on Israel’s Hot, Netherland’s Rtl, Norway’s TV2, in the Baltics on Viasat, and on Fox International Channels in the Balkans.

In addition, Beta is in advanced negotiations with several further territories in Europe and Asia.

Wonderland” scored second place in the target group, under 55 in major cities, and very well in the young female demographic on Australia’s Channel Ten, according to Beta.

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- Leo Barraclough

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