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Screen Australia unveils $3 million in development and production funding

19 October 2016 4:27 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Vr project Buried.

Screen Australia has announced its latest funding round, with $3 million in production and development funding split between two Indigenous TV projects, eight multiplatform projects, eight feature films, and two individuals and two companies.

The two Indigenous television projects to have received production investment are:

–... ABC TV.s previously announced Indigenous comedy drama series The Warriors. From Robert Connolly's Arenamedia, the show is set in the competitive world of Australian Rules Football, and has major production investment from Screen Australia and funding support from Film Victoria;

–... Nitv documentary Carry The Flag,.which delves into the story behind the Torres Strait Island flag designed by Bernard Namok, from Tamarind Tree Pictures with Screen Queensland and Screen Territory support.

The eight multiplatform projects to have received production investment are:

–... Vr project The Buried, a 3D experience that plunges the viewer into a magical Dreamtime world, from Indigenous writer/director Tyson Mowarin, »

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Film Review: ‘Embedded’

17 June 2016 11:47 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A pair of good-looking, mysterious strangers ensconce themselves in a boutique hotel room and proceed to go after each other sexually, verbally and psychologically in the taught, tartly written independently produced two-hander “Embedded.” The directorial debut of prolific and celebrated Australian playwright, novelist and screenwriter Stephen Sewell, this is a unique and demanding work, reflective of his distinctive approach to theatre-making, that will strongly appeal to film-goers who think about their place in what one character calls “the juggernaut of history.”

Prior to the opening shot, wound-up war correspondent Frank Russell (Nick Barka) has successfully picked up the beautiful British international relations expert Madeline (Laura Gordon) at a never-seen World Bank conference reception in the lobby. Their magnetism is instant (and, fleetingly, full-frontal), but their one-night stand — or, as Frank bitterly calls it, his “furlough” — blossoms into a marathon session, fuelled by booze and drugs, of debates involving mortality, geo-political instability, »

- Eddie Cockrell

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Sewell makes directorial debut with “punch in the face” thriller Embedded

16 June 2016 3:59 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Nick Barkla in Stephen Sewell's Embedded.

Erotic political the directorial debut of screenwriter and playwright Stephen Sewell.

The film world premiered at the Sydney Film Festival on Sunday and will screen again tonight. Sewell, who also wrote the film, has a long career spanning both film and theatre. He's written plays such as Myth, Propaganda and Disaster in Nazi Germany and Contemporary America and The Blind Giant is Dancing, as well as screenplays for film such as The Boys and Lost Things. . Film directing has been something Sewell has wanted to do for a long time but couldn't get any traction with until now. The Australian film industry often tends to shy away from controversial political and social themes that .you can get away with. in theatre, he told If. had enormous success in theatre and become famous through theatre, but the same kind »

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Sff 2016 boasts five Australian feature premieres, Mel Gibson in conversation

10 May 2016 7:28 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Alex Russell in Ivan Sen's Goldstone.

The full Sydney Film Festival line-up was unveiled this morning by Sff director Nashen Moodley, with five Australian feature premieres and eight Aussie documentary premieres.

In a coup for the festival, this year's Talks program at Sydney Town Hall's Hub will include a free talk with Mel Gibson, whose Blood Father is playing at the fest, as well as in-conversation events with Australian filmmakers such as Ivan Sen.

Sen's Goldstone, the festival's opening night film, will also feature in the official competition..

Other Aussie premieres include Abe Forsythe's Cronulla black comedy Down Under, Craig Boreham's queer drama Teenage Kicks, playwright Stephen Sewell's directorial debut Embedded, and Craig Anderson's thriller Red Christmas, starring E.T.'s Dee Wallace.

Also in the line-up are Aussie titles that premiered overseas last year, such as Beast, the McKeith brothers' Manila-set boxing drama that comes »

- Harry Windsor

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63rd Sydney Film Festival spotlights the cutting edge in Beyond Cinema sidebar

4 May 2016 4:29 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Stuck in the Middle with You at Acmi.

This year's Sydney Film Festival will feature three free 'immersive experiences' in a sidebar titled Beyond Cinema.

.The Festival.s new immersive program expands the Sydney Film Festival experience by presenting three new ways of creating and experiencing film, art and storytelling,. said Sff Director Nashen Moodley..

.From virtual reality, to 360-degree 3D cinema, to a four-sided video art installation, the festival encourages audiences to explore new worlds, new perspectives and new ways to enjoy film,. he said.

Down the Rabbit Hole — Virtual Reality, at Sydney Town Hall's Hub, will screen nine virtual reality films from four Australian and five international filmmakers, programmed by Mathieu Ravier and presented in association with Jumpgate Vr. Audiences will get a chance to roadtest Samsung Gear Vr and Facebook.s new Oculus Rift.

These works will take take the viewer to the streets of Havana (A »

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