9 items from 2012
The writer/director and producer duo of an Australian short film which screened in competition at the 2005 Venice Film Festival are looking to create a feature version of the story.
Leon Ford, writer and director of Griff the Invisible, told Encore he and producer Nicole O’Donohue are currently shopping a feature version of their short The Mechanicals at various international film markets.
Ford said: “We started in Cinemart in Rotterdam and we went to Ifm in New York, where we had great responses. Also Nicole was in Cannes recently. It’s just about keeping up a presence.”
The Mechanicals is about factory workers who secretively work within the walls of houses, operating everyday appliances.
- Colin Delaney
ABC’s catch-up TV platform iview has picked up its first exclusive series in a bid to drive its new mobile platform.
Monday Bites, created, written and directed by a team of comedians including Griff The Invisible director Leon Ford is scheduled to deliver two minute comedy sketches to the ABC’s platform every Monday morning from 6am.
Ford said: “We’ve made 12 episodes and iview will screen it exclusively. Because they’re launching their mobile app they wanted something to screen, so it will screen every Monday morning. The original idea is to give people something to watch every Monday as a pick me up on their way to work.”
The team will also produce and upload extra content to YouTube and Facebook. Ford, who has also been writing for Ten’s Offspring and Nine’s House Husbands, said: “We’ll also make extra bites, 20 seconds sketches and blooper reels to go on YouTube. »
- Colin Delaney
Each week within this column we strive to pair the latest in theatrical releases to worthwhile titles currently available on Netflix Instant Watch. This week we offer alternatives to Dark Shadows, God Bless America and Hick.
Tim Burton brings the peculiar tale of the Collins clan to the big screen. Johnny Depp stars as Barnabas Collins, a long-imprisoned vampire unleashed on the 1970s, where he discovers a colorful batch of dysfunctional descendants. Michelle Pfeiffer and Helena Bonham Carter co-star.
Prefer camp with your macabre?
Dark Shadows (1966) Check out the cult classic that started it all. Originally conceived as a moody melodrama, this groundbreaking gothic soap found success following the introduction of tormented vampire Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid). From there the Collins family regularly crosses the paths of ghosts, werewolves, and witches. Oh my.
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A new FremantleMedia Australia production is one of four new television dramas receiving support from Screen Australia.
A murder mystery series, Mr & Mrs Murder follows Nicole and Charlie, a married couple who run an extreme cleaning business, specialising in crime scenes, solving the crimes before the police.
The synopsis reads “Armed with wit, smarts and the invisibility that cleaning brings, the duo solve the crimes the cops can’t in a murder mystery with a smile.”
Stephens told Encore: “We’ve found a tone that is not absurd at all, its quite grounded and real.”
- Colin Delaney
Nine's House Husbands tells the story of four modern Australian families through the eyes of stay at home dads. The ten-part series is produced by Sue Seeary and Drew Proffitt and will be directed by Geoff Bennett and Shirley Barrett. The show's stable of seven writers includes Griff the Invisible screenwriter Leon Ford.
After being commissioned by the ABC last October, Essential Media & Entertainment's adaptation of Peter Temple's novel The Broken Shore has also received funding. The adaptation is written by Andrew Knight, directed by Jeffrey Walker and produced by Ian Collie. It follows big-city detective Joe Cashin as he discovers that all may not be as it appears in a quiet coastal town.
FremantleMedia is producing Mr & Mrs Murder for Ten. The 13-part series »
- Amanda Diaz
This Year's superhero releases are not all about rising, avenging or web-spinning. Don't forget Griff The Invisible, which materialises on Blu-ray and DVD in the UK on April 16.
By day, Griff is just a shy, socially inept office worker, easily bullied and ignored. By night, he turns into a dark-suited vigilante to go fighting crimes and righting wrongs.
Unaware of this dual identity, his brother Tim (Patrick Brammall) is concerned about his behaviour and while trying to get him to socialise more, Griff meets the beautiful but obsessive scientist Melody (Maeve Dermody), who has discovered a way of walking through walls.
It's a dynamic team-up that unexpectedly unleashes new-found powers that will transform all their lives.
Shot on location in Sydney, »
- David Bentley
Two Australian short films, both about the journey of a young boy, have won prizes at the Berlin Film Festival including the Crystal Bear, best short film Award.
The win marks the third year in a row an Australian has won the award.
The 13 minute film, about the day in a life of a nine-year-old was produced by Matthew Moore and Robert Jago, with executive producers Ian Darling, Mark Kilmurry, Phillip Verity, Joel Moss, Tara O’Sullivan, Lisa Mann and Katrina Moore.
Of Julian, the Berlin jury said: ““A sophisticated film which accompanies a misunderstood boy on his way to popularity with wit and lightness of touch. The fantastic actor displays his phenomenal talent in portraying the smart protagonist – and surprises us in the process. Really great cinema! »
- Colin Delaney
It seems controversy leads to awards. The two big winners at last night.s inaugural Aacta Awards were thriller feature film Snowtown and TV drama series The Slap. Both renowned for their controversial nature, the film and TV series netted four and five gongs respectively.
Snowtown, about Australian serial killer John Bunting who befriends a 16-year-old, was honoured in the Best Direction (Justin Kurzel), Best Adapted Screenplay (Shaun Grant), Best Actor (Daniel Henshall) and Best Supporting Actress (Louise Harris) categories.
The last two awards were particularly impressive as neither actor had appeared in a feature film before. While Henshall had previously acted in such shows as Out of the Blue, it was Harris. first ever acting role.
The four gongs awarded last night at the Sydney Opera House brings the film.s tally to an impressive six Aacta Awards after receiving Best Editing (Veronika Jenet Ase) and Best Sound (Frank Lipson Mpse, »
- Sam Dallas
Director Stephan Elliott took the opportunity to deliver a serve to film critic Jim Schembri at the inaugural Aacta awards at the Sydney Opera House last night. Elliott bit back at Schembri’s review of A Few Best Men, which branded the film ‘unreleasable’. Despite Schembri’s review, the film opened with solid box office takings last weekend. In a lengthy rant, Elliott slammed Schembri for “personal attacks” within the review of the film as he lashed out at people unwilling to support the Australian film industry. Elliott told the audience that his tirade would be removed from Channel Nine’s delayed broadcast of the awards as producers had flagged this, along with several other categories, to be excluded prior to the show.
The Aacta ceremony, delivered minus a host, saw box office champion Red Dog take home the best film award but the biggest success of the night was »
- Brooke Hemphill
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