5 items from 2015
Sucker is a cutesy Australian spin on the travelling shyster or scammer film – The Sting down under – crossed with a fluffy road movie. A sweet-natured screenplay, written by the director, Ben Chessell, and Lawrence Leung, pegs a coming-of-age story to the familiar pairing of an impressionable apprentice and a leery, seen-it-all-before mentor.
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- Luke Buckmaster
Add Sucker to the growing list of Australian films that will have event cinema screenings followed a month or so later by DVD and VOD release. The producers and Madman Entertainment are counting on the sizable YouTube following of lead actor John Luc to help drive awareness of the comedy-drama which co-stars Timothy Spall and Lily Sullivan. Directed by Ben Chessell, who co-wrote the screenplay with Lawrence Leung, the film will screen at Hoyts Cinemas in the mainland capitals early next month. Luc and Leung will attend the screenings. Madman will release the title on VOD and DVD on January 13. "There will only be more and more attempts to innovate around release strategy for films which have audiences more broadly spread across various channels," a Madman spokesman said. Luc plays Lawrence, an 18-year-old Chinese Australian who cheats in his high school final year exams and fails to get into medicine. »
- Don Groves
Nine features have been nominated for this year's Awgie Awards for performance writing.
Eight telemovies and miniseries are in contention. The Australian Writers. Guild says nominations in the 25 categories for the 48th Annual Awgie Awards reflect the abundance of outstanding work currently being produced in Australia. Nominees for best original telemovie are Steven McGregor for Redfern Now: Promise Me and Katherine Thomson for House of Hancock, while Christopher Lee.s Gallipoli and Jan Sardi and Mac Gudgeon.s The Secret River contend for best adaptation in a television miniseries. There are four nominees for original television mini-series: The Principal by Alice Addison and Kristen Dunphy; The Kettering Incident by Vicki Madden, Andrew Knight, Cate Shortland and Louise Fox; Deadline Gallipoli by Jacquelin Perske, Stuart Beattie, Shaun Grant and Cate Shortland; and Love Child: Series 2 from Tim Pye, Cathryn Strickland, Chris McCourt, Jane Allen and Tamara Asmar. In the categories »
- Staff writer
Directed By: Craig Melville
Fight Choreographer: Trung Ly
Created By: Matchbox Pictures
Maximum Choppage is a six part series set to premiere in time for the Lunar New Year on Tuesday 24th February on ABC2. The series stars comedian Lawrence Leung, who plays a Kung Fu student who doesn’t do to well in real life combat. The series is set in Sydney, where they have some incredible talent trying to make a big noise in the martial arts industry.
Lawrence Leung is an award-winning Australian comedian/TV writer who has been performing internationally since 2001. He is known in comedy circles for his personal storytelling style, “social experiments”, quest-based solo shows and obsession with obscure or nerdy topics like puzzles, 80s childhood icons, con artists, psychology and ghosts. – website.
Each episode hopes to bring something different, such as martial arts, »
Kung fu, karaoke and comedy are just some of the ingredients that make up Maximum Choppage, a new 6 x 30 min comedy series from Matchbox Pictures. Starring Lawrence Leung, Jason Chong and Stephanie Son, Maximum Choppage sees Simon Chan (Leung) return to his hometown of Cabramatta after studying at a legendary martial arts school in Beijing. At least, that.s what his mother thinks, and has been telling everybody who will listen. In reality Simon has been studying Marshall.s Art School, in Melbourne . which becomes a bit of a problem when he finds out the entire town expects him to fight the gangs that have been ruling the Cabramatta streets. Producer Sophie Miller tells If that it was a mixture of kung fu, comedy and the Cabramatta setting that drew her to project originally. .I was working in development at Matchbox at the time and was in the initial pitch meeting, »
- Emily Blatchford
5 items from 2015
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