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11 items from 2014


Mission: Pozible backs futuristic sci-fier

29 October 2014 1:17 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Short films director and VFX artist Seth Larney aims to make his feature writing and directing debut on Subject 14, a futuristic sci-fi survival saga.

The film is set in 2067 when the Earth faces an oxygen crisis after deforestation and nuclear spills into the ocean. The protagonist Ethan Whyte boards a time-machine and embarks on a journey as humanity's last hope for survival.

The producer is Lisa Shaunessy, Larney.s partner in Chaotic Pictures. Michael Rymer, currently working on the Deadline Gallipoli miniseries for Foxtel, will serve as Ep after spending several years consulting on script, genre and methodology with Larney. The project has received script and project development support from Screen Australia, Screen Nsw, Aftrs and the Kenneth B Myer Award, Pixomondo Beijing, Arclight Films and Mushroom Pictures, which will distribute in Oz.

Denson Baker (untitled Jim Loach Film, Paper Planes) will lens the film, with Oscar-nominated editor Luke Doolan (Miracle Fish, »

- Don Groves

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Mission:Pozible backs futuristic sci-fier

29 October 2014 1:17 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Short films director and VFX artist Seth Larney aims to make his feature writing and directing debut on Subject 14, a futuristic sci-fi survival saga.

The film is set in 2067 when the Earth faces an oxygen crisis after deforestation and nuclear spills into the ocean. The protagonist Ethan Whyte boards a time-machine and embarks on a journey as humanity's last hope for survival.

The producer is Lisa Shaunessy, Larney.s partner in Chaotic Pictures. Michael Rymer, currently working on the Deadline Gallipoli miniseries for Foxtel, will serve as Ep after spending several years consulting on script, genre and methodology with Larney. The project has received script and project development support from Screen Australia, Screen Nsw, Aftrs and the Kenneth B Myer Award, Pixomondo Beijing, Arclight Films and Mushroom Pictures, which will distribute in Oz.

Denson Baker (untitled Jim Loach Film, Paper Planes) will lens the film, with Oscar-nominated editor Luke Doolan (Miracle Fish, »

- Don Groves

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Son of a Gun misfires at Oz cinemas

19 October 2014 9:08 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Margaret Pomeranz thoroughly enjoyed Son of a Gun while David Stratton reckoned it was competent and mostly well shot but highly improbable, peopled with uniformly unlikable characters.

To the extent that At the Movies influences moviegoing, it seems viewers took far more notice of Stratton.s 2½ stars than Pomeranz.s 3½ stars judging by the opening weekend results.

The debut film from writer-director Julius Avery fetched nearly $65,000 on 53 screens and $69,000 with previews. That suggests there wasn.t a lot of awareness for the crime thriller starring Ewan McGregor, Brenton Thwaites (rightly hailed by Pomeranz as a .great talent.) and Alicia Vikander.

Either that or audiences are not interested in dark, depressing stories with no-good or shady characters after four or five Oz films in that vein underperformed at Australian cinemas this year.

Another possible factor, as If.s commentators have canvassed, is the Australian cinema brand has been tarnished to the »

- Don Groves

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Ken Loach project wins top PttP prize

10 October 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Short-listed projects included On Screen Off Screen and How To Kill Uffie.

Interactive documentary The Flickering Flame, exploring Ken Loach’s 50-year career, has won the Arte International Prize at the Pixel Market.

The website, app and film is being overseen by Ken Loach’s long-time producer Rebecca O’Brien at Sixteen Films in collaboration with Paris-based digital production house Upian.

As previously reported by ScreenDaily, the production will explore Loach’s career through the battles he and his team faced to make his films. 

The filmmaker’s son Jim Loach, whose own credits include Oranges and Sunshine and episodes of TV series such as Shameless and Dci Banks, is directing the central, interview-led documentary.

The Flickering Flame was among eight projects in the running for the Arte prize, all of which were pitched at the Pixel Market Finance Forum on Wednesday (Oct 8) and then discussed in one-to-one meetings in the Pixel Market the following day.[p »

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Ken Loach interactive doc unveiled

8 October 2014 8:09 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Flickering Flame will explore the director’s 50-year career through the battles he fought to make films.

Sixteen Films unveiled details of an ambitious interactive biography titled The Flickering Flame, exploring the career of director Ken Loach at the Power to the Pixel Finance Cross-Media Forum today.

“At the project’s centre will be an interview-led documentary which explores the different battles that not only inspired Ken’s films but have also arisen in the process of getting them made,” said producer Rebecca O’Brien, Loach’s long-time collaborator at production house Sixteen Films.

Loach’s son, Jim Loach, has been commissioned to direct the film, which will feature interviews with the filmmaker’s detractors as well as his collaborators.

O’Brien said these “battles” ranged from the political, referring to the rage in the UK’s right-wing press over the Palme d’Or-winning The Wind That Shakes The Barley; to the social, as was the »

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Aussie writer tackles Shelley, Jane Austen

31 July 2014 8:11 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Maleficent.s Elle Fanning will play the teenage Mary Shelley in A Storm in the Stars, a romantic drama scripted by Australian writer Emma Jensen, with Haifaa Al-Mansour attached to direct.

With a bit of luck, another of Jensen.s screenplays, Em, a comedic take on Jane Austen.s classic novel Emma, will shoot in Australia next year.

Those will be the Brisbane-based writer.s first works to be filmed. Romantic comedy Sex on the First Date, which she co-wrote with Los Angeles-based Aussie Sal Grover, was optioned by Gold Circle Films two years ago and Walt Becker (Wild Hogs) is attached to direct.

The prolific Jensen is pitching another project, the saga of actress Ava Gardner.s long-time friendship with her African-American personal assistant, which pre-dated the Civil Rights movement, at the Miff 37ºSouth Market.

Development of A Storm in the Stars was funded by Screen Nsw and Screen Australia, »

- Don Groves

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Casting: Grainger, Cudi, Vega, Henrie, Socha

23 February 2014 9:12 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Tulip Fever

Holliday Grainger ("The Borgias") has scored a supporting role as a maid in Justin Chadwick's adaptation of Deborah Moggach's beloved romance novel "Tulip Fever" at The Weinstein Company. Filming aims to begin in April.

Set in 17th century Amsterdam, the story follows a married woman (Alicia Vikander) who begins a passionate affair with an artist hired to paint her portrait. The lovers gamble on the booming market for tulip bulbs as a way to raise money to run away together. [Source: The Wrap]

Entourage: The Movie

Scott Mescudi (aka Kid Cudi) has scored the role of assistant to Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) in the upcoming movie based on the HBO series "Entourage" at Warner Bros. Pictures. Lloyd, Gold's previous long-suffering assistant, has been promoted to an agency rep in the new film. [Source: Deadline]

Untitled Jim Loach Project

Paz Vega, Edward James Olmos, Jessica Marais, Carmen Maura, Michael Crisafulli, »

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Paz Vega joins Jim Loach film

20 February 2014 6:05 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Oranges and Sunshine director returning to Australia to film Spanish family drama starring Paz Vega.

The lead cast has been unveiled on British filmmaker Jim Loach’s second feature, which will begin production on March 3 at Adelaide Studios and across South Australia’s outback and vineyard regions.

The film, currently known as Untitled Jim Loach Project, marks a return to the country for the London-born director, who made Oranges and Sunshine in Australia in 2009.

The UK-Australia co-production is from Met Film and Southern Light Alliance, with investment from the UK’s Rattle & Hum Films and the South Australian Film Corporation.

Producers are Stewart le Maréchal and Anna Mohr-Pietsch for UK outfit Met Film alongside Australia’s Tim White and Anna Vincent for Southern Light Alliance.

Set within a multigenerational Spanish family, the upcoming film tells the story of a 12-year-old boy who realises he must escape his passionate yet dysfunctional family.

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- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Paz Vega, Carmen Maura Head Down Under With Jim Loach

20 February 2014 4:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hong Kong – Spanish stars Paz Vega and Carmen Maura join with Edward James Olmos in the untitled new picture by British director Jim Loach which starts shooting next month.

The director returns to Australia where he previously made “Oranges And Sunshine” (pictured) with Emily Watson and Hugo Weaving.

Scripted by Judy Morris (“Happy Feet 2,” The Eye of the Storm,” “Babe: Pig in the City”), the picture is the tale of a 12 year old boy who tries to escape his dysfunctional, multi-generational Spanish family.

Production begins March 3 at the Adelaide Studios in South Australia and in the state’s Barossa Valley and Flinders Range wine country.

Rattle & Hum Films presents a Met Film and Southern Light Alliance production, with Stewart le Maréchal and Anna Mohr-Pietsch producing for Met Film alongside Timothy White (Son of a Gun, The Boys Are Back) and Anna Vincent for Southern Light Alliance. The South Australian Film »

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Jim Loach Returns Down Under to Shoot New Spanish Family Drama

19 February 2014 8:25 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Jessica Marais (Magic City) and Spanish actress Carmen Maura (Women On The Verge of A Nervous Breakdown) will star in British director Jim Loach’s new untitled feature which will be shot in South Australia in March. The film, from a script by seasoned Australian screenwriter, Judy Morris (Babe, Happy Feet 2), is set within a multigenerational Spanish family and tells the story of a 12-year-old boy who realizes he must escape his passionate yet dysfunctional family to effect change. An ensemble of Spanish stars are heading down under for the shoot including Paz Vega (Grace of Monaco), Antonio

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Exotic cast for new Jim Loach film

19 February 2014 6:55 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Spanish stars Paz Vega, Carmen Maura and Antonio de la Torre together with Edward James Olmos and Love Child.s Jessica Marais head the cast of Jim Loach.s movie which starts shooting in South Australia on March 3.

Scripted by Judy Morris (Happy Feet 2, The Eye of the Storm), the plot revolves around a multi-generational, dysfunctional Spanish family and a 12-year-old boy, Savino, who realises he has to escape to effect change. Sydney newcomer Michael Crisafulli will play Savino with Jarin Towney (Two Little Boys, Underbelly) as his buddy Skeet.

It.s the first film from Timothy White (Son of a Gun, The Boys are Back) and Anna Vincent.s Southern Light Alliance, an unofficial co-production with Stewart le Maréchal and Anna Mohr-Pietsch of the UK.s Met Film.

Vincent tells If that White was introduced to the project from an international contact, she then met the UK producers in »

- Don Groves

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