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6 items from 2014


ABC comedies break new ground

29 May 2014 4:27 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Dave Eastgate, Lawrence Leung and Stephanie Son in Maximum Choppage.

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Head of ABC TV comedy Rick Kalowski has commissioned a stand-alone pilot, a prototype he intends to test for further pilots, and he.s developing a sitcom to be filmed in front of a studio audience.

In a further break from the traditional approach to comedy, Kalowski is developing several shows that are each built around an established performer-writer. All that is in addition to eight series which are either in production or post.

The stand-alone pilot deals with an unusual subject- mental illness. Details of that sitcom are under wraps but Kowalski tells If he.s looking for other projects that are suitable material for pilots.

The studio-based comedy could be the ABC.s first since Mother and Son, the Geoffrey Atherden-created classic which ran until 1994. The show is being developed with writer . producer Marieke Hardy and would »

- Don Groves

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Swindler comedy wraps in Melbourne

6 May 2014 10:24 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Director Ben Chessell finishes principal photography on Sucker, his debut feature, in Melbourne today, full of praise for the chemistry between his young lead, YouTube star John Luc, and veteran English actor Timothy Spall.

Luc plays Lawrence, an 18-year-old Chinese Australian who cheats in his high school final year exams and fails to get into medicine. Banished to stay with his uncle for the summer, Lawrence meets Spall.s the Professor, a colourful, ageing conman.

Lawrence begins a road trip with the Professor and his daughter Sarah (Lily Sullivan) as the Professor teaches him the art of swindling and cheating, while from Sarah he learns a hard lesson in unrequited love.

.John, Tim and Lily showed a real chemistry and camaraderie which comes across in their scenes," said Chessell, who was one of 10 directors on the 2007 comedy Little Deaths and has since directed episodes of Offspring, Rush, Rescue Special Ops and Camp, »

- Don Groves

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Sundance London Events Added; LevelK Boards ‘Sucker’; New Foil For ‘Doctor Who’

8 April 2014 10:06 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Sundance London Unveils More Events Sundance Institute on Tuesday announced the program of free talks, screenings, events and music performances for the third Sundance London film and music festival, set for April 25-27 at The O2. Among the notables set for the talks are David Cross and David Wain. The Truly Independent Visions panel event will focus on what it takes to create an independent film today. Also in the lineup are International Premiere: 5 Projects from the Sundance Institute Short Film Challenge, a free screening event celebrating the international debut of five new short films created by acclaimed independent filmmakers, the Film Appreciation Event, a free event for students interested in careers in film. LevelK Palms Off International Sales Rights To ‘Sucker’ LevelK will handle international sales on Sucker, a coming-of-age comedy about the timeless art of the swindle, the sting and sleight of hand. Written by Ben Chessell and »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

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Timothy Spall joins Sucker

8 April 2014 5:53 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

LevelK to handle international distribution on feature adapted from con artist stage show.

British actor Timothy Spall and YouTube star John Luc are to star in Sucker, which has begun principal photography in Melbourne, Australia.

Spall, best known for his roles in the Harry Potter franchise and Mike Leigh’s films including the upcoming Mr Turner, will play an conman in the feature.

Luc, who has more than 2 million subscribers on YouTube, will play Lawrence, an 18-year-old Chinese Australian who cheats in his high school final year exams and fails to get into medicine.

Banished to stay with his uncle for the summer, Lawrence meets the Professor (Spall), a colourful, ageing conman and so begins a road-trip with the Professor and his daughter Sarah, played by Lily Sullivan. Other cast members include Kat Stewart and Jacek Koman.

It marks the feature directorial debut of Ben Chessell and is an adaptation of Lawrence Leung’s stage show that »

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

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YouTube star, Spall cast in Sucker

6 April 2014 3:46 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Young YouTube star John Luc and veteran English actor Timothy Spall are playing the odd couple at the centre of Sucker, director Ben Chessell.s. feature which is shooting in Melbourne.

Luc plays Lawrence, an 18-year-old Chinese Australian who cheats in his high school final year exams and fails to get into medicine. Banished to stay with his uncle for the summer, Lawrence meets Spall.s the Professor, a colourful, ageing conman.

Lawrence begins a road trip with the Professor and his daughter Sarah (Lily Sullivan) as the Professor teaches Lawrence the art of swindling and cheating, while from Sarah he learns a hard lesson in unrequited love.

As Lawrence and the Professor plan their biggest scam, the teenager and Sarah plan a swindle of their own. and Lawrence is forced to make a choice between love, life and lies. Kat Stewart is cast as Sarah.s mother and Jacek Koman »

- Don Groves

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New film funder rises from the West

19 March 2014 9:32 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Launched less than a year ago, Jake Film Finance has put money into two Australian features and has signed letters of intent with a number of producers.

The Perth-based film is cash flowing the producer offset and pre-sales, drawing on funds from high-net worth individuals.

Its first investment was in Kriv Stenders. crime thriller Kill Me Three Times. The second is Sucker, writer-director Ben Chessell.s saga of a 17-year-old Chinese-Australian boy who embarks on a road trip with the Professor, a colourful, aging conman, and his daughter.

Jake Film Finance founders and directors are Jarod Stone and Michael O.Donnell. They hired entertainment lawyer Joan Peters as executive producer.

.I am the interface between producers and the money, " said Peters, who is also a member of Screen Australia.s board. .The fund is gearing up and we.re open to new projects. We would like to grow to the »

- Don Groves

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