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5 items from 2014

Foxtel appoints head of drama

26 August 2014 6:39 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Foxtel has promoted Penny Win to the new role of head of drama, a reward for her work in commissioning The Kettering Incident, Devil.s Playground and Deadline Gallipoli.

Win was commissioning editor for drama as well as channel manager of Foxtel.s SoHo and showcase. The company has not yet announced who will take charge of those two channels.

Foxtel executive director of television Brian Walsh said Win.s promotion is a .resounding endorsement of her skill and commitment to providing our subscribers with unique and distinctive Australian stories. Foxtel.s upcoming drama slate has never been stronger, and this new role sees her responsible for expanding the portfolio of home grown dramas to complement our international drama supply, particularly our exclusive partnerships with HBO and BBC..

Foxtel invests more than $20 million per year in original Australian drama under the 10% quota applying to drama channels.

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Historical drama to shoot in Nz and Tasmania

12 August 2014 11:40 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

In the end, it didn.t come down to a choice between New Zealand and Australia as the location for The Light Between Oceans, a Hollywood adaptation of Australian author M.L. Stedman.s debut novel set on an island off the coast of Wa in 1918. The producers have decided to shoot most of the film in the Marlborough and Otago regions of New Zealand plus a week in Tasmania. The Tassie location is Stanley on the north-west coast, an area which writer-director Derek Cianfrance (The Place Beyond the Pines). visited during a recent recce. Produced by David Heyman and Jeffrey Clifford,. the DreamWorks film will star Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander and Rachel Weisz. Shooting starts at the end of September. Stedman.s novel revolves around a lighthouse keeper and his wife who find a 2-month-old girl and a dead body in a rowboat and decide to raise the baby as their own. »

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Foxtel drama casts leads

27 July 2014 3:07 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Elizabeth Debicki will play a doctor who is linked to the cases of two girls who mysteriously disappear in the wilds of Tasmania 15 years apart and fights to clear her name in The Kettering Incident.

Matt Le Nevez has been cast as a detective who becomes a manipulative and dangerous antagonist to her character. in the eight hour series which starts shooting in Tasmania next month.

Foxtel commissioned the drama, the first collaboration between writer/producer Vicki Madden.s Sweet Potato Films and Porchlight Films.

The directors are Rowan Woods and Tony Krawitz, with scripts by Madden, Andrew Knight, Cate Shortland and Louise Fox. Andy Walker is the series producer.

Screen Australia and Screen Tasmania are investors in the $15 million production and BBC Worldwide has international sales rights.

Madden.s writing credits include Lynda La Plante's Trial and Retribution, The Bill, Blood Brothers, Sea Patrol, Water Rats, McLeod.s Daughters and The Flying Doctors. »

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Viewers tune in for Modern Family Australia

27 April 2014 5:46 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

The Australian-shot episode of Modern Family delivered unusually solid ratings for Network Ten on Sunday night.

The Logie Awards on Nine failed to crack 1 million in the five metros but beat the finale of Seven.s Downton Abbey and ABC1.s telemovie Parer.s War.

The night.s top show was Seven.s My Kitchen Rules, which hooked 1.9 million in the metros, 2.78 million nationally.

Modern Family Australia drew 1.05 million in the metros, the #2 program of the night in 25-to-54 and under 55s demographics, and 1.38 million nationally.

The 8pm episode of Modern Family attracted 645,000/838,000 and Angela Bishop.s behind the scenes edition, Modern Family: An Aussie Adventure, had 642,000/814,000.

The Logies red carpet arrivals show was watched by 974,000 viewers/1.33 million while the marathon awards averaged 962,000/1.28 million.

Downton Abbey pulled 917,000 in the metros/1.38 million nationally. Alister Grierson.s Parer.s War, which starred Matt Le Nevez as the legendary Australian WWII cameraman »

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Director rallies for Parer's War

21 April 2014 11:22 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Director Alister Grierson acknowledges ABC1 has given his film Parer.s War a tough time-slot next Sunday night, programmed against the finale of Downton Abbey on Seven and the Logie Awards on Nine.

So he.s keen to bang the promotional drum for the dramatised saga of WWII cameraman Damien Parer, whose work almost cost him the woman he loved.

.It.s a very romantic movie, a nice change from my movies which usually show people getting blown up,. said Grierson, whose first feature was Kokoda, the story of Australian soldiers stranded in the Papua New Guinea jungle in 1942, which screens on SBS1 on Saturday night.

The director credits the ABC with giving him, producer Andrew Wiseman, screenwriter Alison Nisselle and DoP Mark Wareham a lot of creative freedom on the $4.5 million production, a generous budget for a telemovie. Matt Le Nevez plays Parer with Adelaide Clemens as the woman he loved, »

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