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Screen Australia unveils $3 million in development and production funding

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’

Film Review: ‘Embedded’
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,
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Sewell makes directorial debut with “punch in the face” thriller Embedded

Nick Barkla in Stephen Sewell's Embedded.

Erotic political thriller.Embedded.is 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. .I.ve 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

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

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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Actor makes directing debut on fighting doc

Actor-turned-director Nick Barkla has completed his first project, documentary Inside Fighter, and is developing a feature drama and another doco.

Inside Fighter follows Australian pro boxer Frank LoPorto, who was 33 when he had the once-in-a-lifetime chance to fight Wba world light middleweight champion Austin Trout in El Paso, Texas.

Given just five weeks to prepare for the championship bout as a replacement for a boxer who broke his hand, LoPorto was beaten badly, causing him shame and embarrassment.

The 50-minute film will have its world premiere at the St Tropez Antipodes Film Festival next week after Barkla scored an invite from the festival.s president Bernard Bories, whom he met at Miff this year.

Film Victoria funded the development of the screenplay but Barkla funded 90% of the production from his own pockets.

He.s just sent a copy to the ABC, which gave him a letter of interest early on,
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Producer shows faith in uplifting movies

Producer Steve Jaggi is convinced audiences are hankering for films with positive, joyful themes, an antidote to the dark subjects often favoured by filmmakers.

Putting his money where his mouth is, Jaggi launched The Incubator last year through his Indefatigable Pictures banner to develop and produce life-affirming films.

The first three projects to benefit from that initiative are either completed or in post. All are from first-time filmmakers, part of Jaggi.s plan to help foster the international careers of Australian creatives.

Based on a true story, Skin Deep is the saga of a young woman who is diagnosed with terminal melanoma and meets a stranger who gives her the courage to embrace life. The screenplay is by Monica Zanetti, who had melanoma. Rosie Lourde is the producer and the director is Jonnie Leahy. Zara Zoe plays the protagonist and Zanetti portrays the stranger.

Ambrosia is from 24-year-old writer/ director
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Cast set for futuristic sci-fi series

Grant Cartwright, Nadia Townsend, Stephen Carracher and Rosie Lourde head the ensemble cast in Restoration, a 3-part,online sci-fi series which is due to start shooting at Docklands Studios on August 4.

Cartwright (whose credits include Mtc.s The Crucible and web series Death Star PR) will play Oliver Klein, who awakes to find his memories restored into a body that is not his own.

Townsend (Old School, City Homicide, Knowing) is cast as Emma Laws, a technician who works at Restoration Life Services, the facility which enables people to have their memories downloaded for back-up so when death happens, those memories can uploaded into a new body.

Carracher (Us thriller Vanished, The Doctor Blake Mysteries) is Gavin Worth, whose body becomes the vessel for Oliver.s restored memories.

Lourde (Felony, Stephen Sewell.s Embedded) portrays Talia Klein, Oliver.s wife. Rounding out the cast is Ailis Logan as Dr Francis Parr.
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Sewell pushes the envelope with erotic thriller

Screenwriter and playwright Stephen Sewell makes his directing debut on Embedded, an erotic thriller which he promises will be hard-hitting and controversial.

Shooting started in Sydney on Monday on what is essentially a two-hander, set mostly in a suite at a five-star hotel. The plot follows a battle-weary Australian war correspondent named Frank, who meets a darkly fascinating woman on his way home.

The two retire to his hotel suite where Frank finds his match in a frightening and erotic game of truth or dare that takes both to the edge, and over.

Playing the couple are Los Angeles-based Aussies Nick Barkla (Blind Company, TV.s Rush) and Laura Gordon (Saw V, TV.s Twentysomething). Marcus Johnson plays the hotel porter.

The producer is Steve Jaggi (Circle of Lies) via his Indefatigable Pictures banner. Jaggi tells If that Sewell intends to .push the envelope. with a film that sets out
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Circle of Lies reveals a few home truths

Producer Steve Jaggi has no regrets about launching Circle of Lies in 11 independent cinemas a few weeks before the teen drama was released on DVD and Video-on-Demand, breaking the standard 120-day gap.

The revenues from box-office takings and selling copies of the DVD, posters and autographed 1-sheets at some locations were modest- just $55,000. But Jaggi believes that strategy, which included Q&As with director Matt Cerwen and cast members, will pay off in DVD and VoD sales.

"Despite the huge amount of work I'm very happy we did this," he tells If. He was surprised to find that although the film is aimed primarily at teens, most ticket buyers were aged 40-plus.

He was heartened that most stayed for the Q&As and many said they enjoyed the film. He tried to keep ticket prices as low as possible and offered discounts to school groups.

Scripted by Adrian Moses and Scott Herford,
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Election result: Dismay and a few cheers

Screen industry figures took to social media on Saturday night, most lamenting the election result.

The negative responses continued on Sunday although, to be fair, the Coalition.s victory was warmly welcomed in some circles.

Here.s a sample of Facebook postings:

Julie Marlow: A rotten week; a friend died way too soon, an emotional funeral and now this debacle of an election.

Angie Fielder: Despite the polls, I can't believe it's happening, I can't believe someone like Tony Abbott could be elected to lead our country.

Polly Staniford Seager: Soooooo depressing! Can't even bear to read/watch the news.

John L Simpson: Sad, not the Australia that's in my heart.

Stephen Lance: I can't watch.

Matilda Brown: How did we go from Julia to Tony? This is horrible.

Steve Saragossi: Australia, what the hell have you just done?

Stephen Sewell : I just woke up this
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Stephen Sewell plans to make directorial debut

Acclaimed playwright Stephen Sewell hopes to make his directorial debut with an adaptation of his 2011 novel Babylon.

Production company Jaggi.Shute is currently in the process of financing the $3.5 million film.

Producer Liz Shute told If that she hopes the film will be funded through private equity, state agencies and an La-based sales agent: "We're not going down the usual Screen Australia route."

Babylon tells the story of an English backpacker who gets more than he bargained for when he hitches a ride with an enigmatic man named Dan. Jaggi.Shute first purchased the rights to the novel after Sewell came on board as consultant on another film.

Bruce Beresford (Mao's Last Dancer) and Janine Pearce (The Reef) will act as executive producers, with Beresford hoping to mentor Sewell through the directing process. Casting will be completed by Maura Fay Casting.

Shute says the plan is to begin filming later
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Vampire Diaries Star To Visit Cradlewood

Cradlewood, the “romantic gothic fairytale” from Hand Picked Films, has found its leading man in Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder.

The indie will be directed by Harry Weinmann, with a script penned by Stephen Sewell (The Boys) and and John Paul Chappelle (Bathroy). Somerhalder will play the Australian heir to a large family fortune surrounded by whispers of a curse. Legend has it that a pact exists between a demon and the family that whenever a male child is born into the family, the father will be killed. Strange events begin around the time that the heir suspects his girlfriend to be pregnant, and it begins to look as though the curse is more than just legend.

Producer Michael Shane said, “We see this is as almost like an American-style ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ in look and feel… It’s a perfect segue for the kids who have outgrown ‘Twilight’ but want something romantic and scary.
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Vampire Diaries Star Takes Trip to Cradlewood

Ian Somerhalder ( The Vampire Diaries , Lost ) will play the lead role in the romantic gothic fairy tale Cradlewood , according to The Hollywood Reporter. Harry Weinmann is directing the independent project based on a script by Stephen Sewell and John Paul Chapple. The movie is about an Australian (Emma Lung) woman living in Boston with the heir (Somerhalder) to an incredible fortune whose family history is swirled in a legend that tells of a pact made with a demon which ensures that whenever a boy is born into the family, the father is killed. The heir suspects his girlfriend is pregnant, and after strange events occur, he comes to believe he will die if he continues to fall in love.
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Ian Somerhalder to Topline Cradlewood

Ian Somerhalder ("The Vampire Diaries," "Lost") will play the lead role in the romantic gothic fairy tale Cradlewood , according to The Hollywood Reporter . Harry Weinmann is directing the independent project based on a script by Stephen Sewell and John Paul Chapple. The movie is about an Australian (Emma Lung) woman living in Boston with the heir (Somerhalder) to an incredible fortune whose family history is swirled in a legend that tells of a pact made with a demon which ensures that whenever a boy is born into the family, the father is killed. The heir suspects his girlfriend is pregnant, and after strange events occur, he comes to believe he will die if he continues to fall in love.
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Cradlewood makers say it's like Twilight but for grown-ups

There's a rising market in fantasy/horror films with a strong romance backdriop to them. Bare witness to the Twilight craze and that's your answer for where the craze began. Whether the streak of hor-rom movies will turn into a genuine sub-genre with lasting legs remains to be seen, but for the moment Hollywood is getting the projects moving in the pipeline.

An indie project called Cradlewood is the latest film of this type to be announced. The Hollywood Reporter breaks the story about this new project and reveals that it's nabbed Ian Somerhalder, once of Lost and now of The Vampire Diaries, to play the lead male role. Somerhalder will play a rich man who is heir to a considerable fortune. He's in a relationship with an Australian woman (to be played by Emma Lung) and holding steady in life until he suspects that his partner is pregnant. That's
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'Cradlewood' an American-style 'Pan's Labyrinth'

Ian Somerhalder, star of the CW's "The Vampire Diaries," has signed to topline an extremely cheesy sounding romantic gothic fairy tale Cradlewood. Harry Weinmann will direct the movie that centers on an Australian woman living in Boston with the heir (Somerhalder) to an incredible fortune whose family history is swirled in a legend that tells of a pact made with a demon which ensures that whenever a boy is born into the family, the father is killed. The heir suspects his girlfriend is pregnant, and after strange events occur, he comes to believe he will die if he continues to fall in love. Emma Lung will play the Australian woman. Cradlewood is based on original story by Weinmann. Stephen Sewell and John Paul Chapple (Bathroy) wrote the script.
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Ian Somerhalder Signs on for Cradlewood

The Vampire Diaries' Ian Somerhalder will star in the romantic gothic fairy tale Cradlewood for Hand Picked Films and Instinct Entertainment. Harry Weinmann is on board to direct the indie feature.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie centers on an Australian woman living in Boston with the heir (Somerhalder) to an incredible fortune whose family history is swirled in a legend that tells of a pact made with a demon which ensures that whenever a boy is born into the family, the father is killed.

The heir suspects his girlfriend is pregnant, and after strange events occur, he comes to believe he will die if he continues to fall in love.

Emma Lung (The Boys Are Back) will play the Australian woman.

Cradlewood is based on original story by Weinmann. Stephen Sewell and John Paul Chapple wrote the script.

"We see this is as almost like an American-style
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Vampire Diaries star takes trip to Cradlewood

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Vampire Diaries star takes trip to Cradlewood
According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Vampire DiariesIan Somerhalder will star in Cradlewood, a Gothic fantasy being produced by Hand Picked Films and Instinct Entertainment. He’ll co-star opposite Australian actress Emma Lung (soon to be seen in Christopher Smith’s Triangle) for director Harry Weinmann, who was previously an FX artist on films ranging from Lifeforce to Race To Witch Mountain.

Scripted by Lost ThingsStephen Sewell and Bathory’s John Paul Chapple from a story by Weinmann, Cradlewood casts Somerhalder as the heir to a great fortune who also believes he has inherited a legendary family curse thanks to a pact with a demon: Whenever a boy is born into the bloodline, the father dies—and the man suspects his girlfriend (Lung) is pregnant. Though set in Boston, the film will lens in Melbourne, Australia, with Michel Shane and David Redman producing. “We see this is as
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Ian Somerhalder starring in 'Cradlewood'

Ian Somerhalder starring in 'Cradlewood'
Ian Somerhalder, star of the CW's "The Vampire Diaries," has signed to topline the romantic gothic fairy tale "Cradlewood." Hand Picked Films and Instinct Entertainment are behind the indie being directed by Harry Weinmann.

The movie centers on an Australian woman living in Boston with the heir (Somerhalder) to an incredible fortune whose family history is swirled in a legend that tells of a pact made with a demon which ensures that whenever a boy is born into the family, the father is killed.

The heir suspects his girlfriend is pregnant, and after strange events occur, he comes to believe he will die if he continues to fall in love.

Emma Lung ("The Boys Are Back") will play the Australian woman.

"Cradlewood" is based on original story by Weinmann. Stephen Sewell ("The Boys") and John Paul Chapple ("Bathroy") wrote the script.

Michel Shane ("Catch Me If You Can") and David Redman ("Strange Bedfellows") will produce.
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