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Hacksaw Ridge to premiere at the Venice Film Festival, trailer debuts

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Mel Gibson.s Hacksaw Ridge will have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September.

The announcement coincides with the release of the official trailer for the film.

Shot in various locations across New South Wales last year, Hacksaw.stars Andrew Garfield and Vince Vaughn joined by Aussies Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Ryan Corr, Teresa Palmer, Rachel Griffiths, Richard Roxburgh, Luke Pegler, Ben Mingay, Firass Dirani, Nico Cortez, Harry Greenwood, Milo Gibson and Nathaniel Buzolic..

It marks Gibson.s return to directing for the first time since 2006's Apocalypto..

The film will be released in cinemas across Australia and New Zealand by Icon on November 3 - one day ahead of its North American release. »

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Delta Goodrem joins House Husbands season five

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Delta Goodrem.

Delta Goodrem has joined season five of Nine's House Husbands.

Goodrem will play Izzy Dreyfus, the new reading recovery teacher at Nepean South Primary School.

"Riding in on her cafe racer motorbike, brilliant, beautiful and slightly tomboyish Izzy both excites and frightens everyone in the House Husbands world and her audacious attitude is instrumental in diverting a threat to the Nepean South community that none of them see coming." .

Goodrem said: .I couldn.t be happier to join the amazing House Husbands family. It.s such a fantastic Aussie drama that I love — and my whole family loves — so I feel very lucky and cannot wait to get started..

Nine.s co-Heads of Drama, Jo Rooney and Andy Ryan, said they were excited to welcome Goodrem to the cast..

"Delta is a much-loved Australian performer who brings a special star quality to our screens. We can.t wait »

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Gogglebox Australia season 4 to premiere in August

28 July 2016 5:25 PM, PDT

Gogglebox Australia.

Gogglebox Australia season four will premiere on Foxtel.s The LifeStyle Channel on August 24 and on Ten on August 25.

The Logie-garlanded show takes viewers into 11 Australian lounge rooms to capture the reactions of some of the country.s most opinionated television viewers.

LifeStyle Channels Gm Hannah Barnes said: .Gogglebox has been a huge hit with Australian audiences on the LifeStyle channel. I know fans of the show can.t wait to have the Goggleboxers back on television, which is why we are very excited to be launching another series so soon..

Network Ten Head of Comedy Paul Leadon said: "Network Ten is delighted to welcome the Goggleboxers back into our lounge rooms. The next few months sees the launch of many new shows and TV events. No doubt our guys will have plenty to say."

Gogglebox Australia is an Endemol Shine Australia production for Foxtel and Network Ten. »

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Jackie Chan actioner Bleeding Steel kicks off production in Sydney

28 July 2016 5:00 PM, PDT

Jackie Chan and the Bleeding Steel team.

Heyi Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures Asia announced the beginning of principal photography of the Jackie Chan sci-fi actioner.Bleeding Steel yesterday.

Written and directed by Leo Zhang, Bleeding Steel was unveiled at a press conference at the Sydney Opera House, the slopes of which would no doubt be suitable for one of Chan's trademark stunts.

The film is the biggest budget Chinese production ever to shoot in Australia, and the Canberra-raised Chan.s first to be shot primarily in Australia since Mr. Nice Guy shot in Melbourne in 1996.

The president of Heyi Pictures, Kailuo Liu, described Chan as .a gift to the film industry., and said he was "confident that with Heyi Pictures. powerful internet resources in the Chinese film industry and Jackie.s international influence, coupled with our first-class production team and an extraordinary sci-fi story, we will be able to »

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Foxtel launches new Arts and Music division

27 July 2016 8:30 PM, PDT

Foxtel has announced a newly-created Arts and Music division.

Foxtel Arts, the dedicated HD Arts channel, and Foxtel.s suite of music channels — [V] Hits, Max, Foxtel Smooth and Cmc — will be managed by a joint team under newly appointed group channel manager, Arts and Music, Fraser Stark.

Foxtel's executive director of television Brian Walsh said: .Foxtel is Australia.s only television provider providing the local music and arts industries with curated locally produced channels and we will continue to do so with the same passion, enthusiasm and excitement which we.ve been doing since 1995.

.Our music and arts offering is very important both to us and our customers and we are proud to be the home of music television with unique and specialised music brands and content that Australians love..

Walsh said Stark had done an exceptional job building and refining Foxtel Arts since its launch last year.

.His energy, »

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Kiwi short Accidents, Blunders & Calamities wins Best Animated Film at Comic-Con

27 July 2016 6:38 PM, PDT

Accidents, Blunders and Calamities, a short film from Auckland.s Media Design School, has taken out the prize for Best Animated Film at the 2016 Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival (Cci-iff).

Comic-Con International is held over four days in San Diego, California, and the film festival has been an integral part of the Con for the past 17 years.

Accidents, Blunders and Calamities, a reimagining of Edward Gorey.s The Gashlycrumb Tinies, features 30 CGI animals, meticulously crafted and then killed off by 44 third year Bachelor of Art and Design students.

The film was given the Best Animation prize by a panel of internationally recognised judges including Rotten Tomatoes. editor-in-chief Matt Atchity; Eric Jacobus, the 2015 Cci-iff winner for Best Action/Adventure film; and Spoon Pictures. Nick Murphy.

Bachelor of Art and Design senior lecturer and director James Cunningham said the win offered an invaluable opportunity for his student's work to garner recognition overseas. »

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Spa names 2016 Screen Forever advisory board

27 July 2016 5:58 PM, PDT

Screen Producers Australia (Spa) has assembled some screen industry heavyweights to assist with putting together its national conference.

The Screen Forever advisory board will aid Spa in addressing the challenges facing the industry at the conference to be held in in Melbourne November 15 — 17.

In the lead up to the Screen Forever, the board will work with Spa to create a program of sessions, networking events, keynote addresses, masterclasses, panel discussions, workshops, roundtables, pitching opportunities and the International Partnership Market. The advisory board consists of:

–... Chair: Russel Howcroft, executive general manager, Network Ten –... Nick Batzias, head of production, Madman Production Company; licensing and acquisitions, Madman Entertainment –... Jon Casimir, head of entertainment, ABC –... Kate Croser, producer, Hedone Productions –... Ross Crowley, director of movies and content, Foxtel –... Richard Harris, head of business and audience, Screen Australia –... Stephen Luby, producer, Ruby Entertainment –... Robi Stanton, vice President and general manager, Turner International Australia, New Zealand & Pacific –... Barbara Stephen, »

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Lionsgate gets American rights to Stan’s Wolf Creek

27 July 2016 5:38 PM, PDT

Wolf Creek.

All North and Latin American rights to Stan.s Wolf Creek have been licensed to Lionsgate.

The announcement follows last month's news that Fox UK had picked up the British rights to the original six-part series, based on the 2005 movie of the same name..

Stan CEO Mike Sneesby said Wolf Creek was a .premium Australian drama made for a global audience..

.The Lionsgate deal is one of the biggest international distribution deals for an Australian show. By generating significant licensing revenues for our Stan Original Series we are able to reinvest into the local production industry,. said Sneesby..

Wolf Creek has been Stan.s most successful premiere so far, with the series exceeding 500,000 views within days of its launch.

Stan.s chief content officer Nick Forward told If last month that international interest in Wolf Creek was initially piqued when distributor Banijay Group took it in April to Miptv, »

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Cris Jones talks The Death and Life of Otto Bloom on the eve of its Miff debut

26 July 2016 9:43 PM, PDT

Xavier Samuel in The Death and Life of Otto Bloom.

What is the film about?

It.s the chronicle of a character named Otto Bloom who experiences time backwards. Not in a Benjamin Button way; he.s not ageing backwards. But he remembers the future and knows nothing about the past. So it.s about his life and the great love of his life. It.s a kind of palindromic love story. But it.s also a film which doesn.t fit neatly into one genre. It starts out as a mystery, and it.s also told in a documentary format, so there is that element as well. But I wouldn.t call it a mockumentary. It.s not a comedy although there are funny moments in [it]. Basically at the start of the film the question is posed: who is Otto Bloom? Then in a series of eight chapters you »

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Screen Australia invests over $2.5 million in 10 docos

26 July 2016 7:17 PM, PDT

Artist Anthony Lister will be a subject of a documentary by Eddie Martin (photo: Raglan Rules).

Screen Australia has announced 10 documentaries will share in more than $2.54 million in the latest round of funding from the agency.s Documentary Producer Program and the Documentary Broadcast program.

The Documentary Producer Program is aimed at supporting producers in driving their their projects creatively and commercially, and is given to innovative documentaries that have a strong creative vision and a highly-developed understanding of how the project will reach audiences.

.The teams that have come through this round of funding had very clear ideas about the audience for their projects. So many great titles have been supported by Screen Australia through this program and these projects will make that slate even stronger,. said Screen Australia's senior manager, documentary, Liz Stevens.

The Documentary Broadcast Program is designed to support the production of a diverse range of »

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Cyber wins Get Reel short film competition

26 July 2016 6:51 PM, PDT

Cyber.

A story about the victims of cyber bullying is the 2016 winner of Get Reel: Top Ten Filmmakers. Festival.

Cyber, produced by young filmmaker Georgia Cramp, was declared the winner at the finalist screening on July 24 at the Ritz Cinema in Sydney. Happy Thoughts by Michael Hall was the runner-up.

The Get Reel Short Filmmakers. Festival received more than 1650 entries from across Australia and New Zealand. Entrants were asked to respond to the theme of .Being Seen. through a short film ten minutes or less shot on a smart device.

The competition awarded $4500 in prizes, and films were voted by a judging panel that included the likes of Danielle Cormack, Jessica Grace Smith, Socratis Otto and Marcario De Souza.

The competition was aimed to start a conversation around mental health. Funds raised from the finalist screening go to Suicide Prevention Australia.

Cyber tells the story of how an attacker eventually »

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Abe Forsythe to appear in conversation at Aftrs' Friday on My Mind

26 July 2016 6:15 PM, PDT

Down Under.

Abe Forsythe will talk the two masks of drama - comedy and tragedy - this Friday as part of Aftrs' Friday on My Mind talks series. The Down Under writer-drector will chat with host Giles Hardie in Sydney to analyse the awful things we laugh at, and possibly have a chuckle at the missteps he.s made in his career as a filmmaker. Forsythe has surfed the line between comedy and tragedy for years, winning Tropfest in 2010 with his short film Shock, showing the depression behind the scenes of breakfast radio, while his black comedy.feature Down Under premiered at.Sff and will screen at the Melbourne International Film Festival, kicking off tomorrow. Forsythe won the Tropfest Tropicana Award at the age of sixteen for his film Guided By The Light Of The Lord. In 2003 he wrote, directed and starred in the feature comedy Ned, which was released »

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Richard Lowenstein to direct ‘definitive’ Michael Hutchence documentary

26 July 2016 12:50 AM, PDT

Michael Hutchence.

The man behind many of Inxs.s music videos, Richard Lowenstein, is set to direct a documentary about the life of the band.s late frontman, Michael Hutchence.

The feature-length documentary will be produced by Universal Music Group (Umg) and Oscar-winning production company Passion Pictures (Searching for Sugar Man). Inxs is signed to Universal Music Publishing Group.

This is the second Hutchence doco in the pipeline, with Aap reporting earlier this month that Sydney businessman Ron Creevey had spent two years working on a film about the singer with La record producer Danny Saber.

Hutchence was a founding member and lead singer of. Inxs from 1977 up until his death in 1997.

Lowenstein (He Died with a Felafel in His Hand, Say a Little Prayer) was a close friend of Hutchence, having worked with Inxs for many years. He was responsible for a range of the band.s videos including »

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Girl Asleep set for theatrical release in September

26 July 2016 12:13 AM, PDT

Girl Asleep.

Rosemary Myers' coming-of-age drama Girl Asleep will get an Australian theatrical run via Umbrella Entertainment beginning September 8.

Starring Bethany Whitmore and Harrison Feldman,.Girl Asleep.debuted at the Adelaide Film Festival last year, where it was the fastest selling title in Aff history and won the Best Feature People Choice's Award.

The film has since screened to festival audiences in Berlin, Stockholm, Buenos Aires, Jeonju, Bogota, New York City, and Seattle, where it received the Grand Jury Prize at the Seattle International Film Festival.

Girl Asleep sold out the Sydney Film Festival, and will also screen at Miff. A series of advance screenings and Q&A sessions are also set to take place around the country:

Vic – September 2 – Nova Cinema Carlton – 6:30pm with director Rosemary Myers, composer Harry Covill and actors Bethany Whitmore and Harrison Feldman

Nsw – September 4 – Dendy Newton – 6.30pm with Rosemary Myers, writer/actor »

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Acmi X unveils first occupants of co-working space

25 July 2016 11:49 PM, PDT

Acmi X.

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (Acmi) has announced the foundation members of its creative co-working space, Acmi X.

Acmi X joins the offices of Acmi.s operational teams and the Melbourne HQ of the National Film and Sound Archive with individuals and organisations working in the creative industries.

The 60 seat, 2000sqm co-working studio in Melbourne.s Southbank aims to foster collaboration and experimentation, and provide professional development through an events program.

Acmi director and CEO Katrina Sedgwick said Acmi X was actively supporting the next generation of creative industry professionals by sharing resources and knowledge with the sector.

.We warmly welcome our new co-workers to the Acmi X studio. We are delighted with the spread of disciplines from digital agencies to virtual reality filmmakers and festivals to funding agencies - truly a dynamic set of organisations and individuals..

As well as offering spaces to a variety of cross-disciplinary practitioners, »

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Andrew Lancaster and Andrew Robb join Ten board

24 July 2016 9:07 PM, PDT

Andrew Lancaster and Andrew Robb have been appointed non-executive directors at Ten. . Lancaster.s appointment follows the retirement of Brian Long, who has been a director at Ten since July 2010. He served as chairman from 2011 to 2012 and deputy chairman from 2012. . Lancaster joins the board as the nominee of Bruce Gordon, through his company, Birketu Pty Limited, which is the one of Ten.s largest and longest-standing shareholders.

Lancaster is CEO of Win Corporation Pty Ltd, and has more than 24 years. experience in the media industry. He is a director and former chairman of MediaHub Australia and a former Director of Free TV Australia and Win Nbn Sales.

.I.m excited at the opportunity to join the board of Ten, a company that, through fresh and innovative content, is showing strong audience and revenue growth. I.m looking forward to making a positive contribution to Ten and working with the board »

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Andrew Lancaster and Andrew Robb appointed to Ten board

24 July 2016 9:07 PM, PDT

Andrew Lancaster and Andrew Robb have been appointed non-executive directors at Ten. . Lancaster.s appointment follows the retirement of Brian Long, who has been a director at Ten since July 2010. He served as chairman from 2011 to 2012 and deputy chairman from 2012. . Lancaster joins the board as the nominee of Bruce Gordon, through his company, Birketu Pty Limited, which is the one of Ten.s largest and longest-standing shareholders.

Lancaster is CEO of Win Corporation Pty Ltd, and has more than 24 years. experience in the media industry. He is a director and former chairman of MediaHub Australia and a former Director of Free TV Australia and Win Nbn Sales.

.I.m excited at the opportunity to join the board of Ten, a company that, through fresh and innovative content, is showing strong audience and revenue growth. I.m looking forward to making a positive contribution to Ten and working with the board »

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Projects by Maya Newell, Damon Gameau selected for Good Pitch2 in November

24 July 2016 6:37 PM, PDT

Maya Newell's Gayby Baby, a Good Pitch Australia alumnus.

Good Pitch Australia has announced the selection of six new feature documentaries for its next event at the Sydney Opera House in November.

Hosted by Ian Darling.s Shark Island Institute in partnership with Documentary Australia Foundation, Good Pitch brings filmmakers together with NGOs, foundations, philanthropists, social entrepreneurs, potential corporate and brand partners, broadcasters and media to forge alliances around social impact films.

Darling, who is also chair and moderator, said Good Pitch Australia represented high impact philanthropy at its best, "with all of the key elements of collaboration, scale, partnership, and leverage - using the power of documentary to bring a community together for social change..

Good Pitch was originally devised by Britdoc in partnership with Ford Foundation and the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program, and is held in various major cities around the world. Philanthropy Australia and Pro »

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Projects by Maya Newell, Damon Gameau selected for Good Pitch2

24 July 2016 6:37 PM, PDT

Gayby Baby, a Good Pitch Australia film in 2014.

Good Pitch Australia has announced the selection of six new feature documentaries for its next event at the Sydney Opera House in November.

Hosted by Ian Darling.s Shark Island Institute in partnership with Documentary Australia Foundation, Good Pitch brings filmmakers together with NGOs, foundations, philanthropists, social entrepreneurs, potential corporate and brand partners, broadcasters and media to forge alliances around social impact films.

Darling, who is also chair and moderator, said Good Pitch Australia represented high impact philanthropy at its best, "with all of the key elements of collaboration, scale, partnership, and leverage - using the power of documentary to bring a community together for social change..

Good Pitch was originally devised by Britdoc in partnership with Ford Foundation and the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program, and is held in various major cities around the world. Philanthropy Australia and Pro Bono Australia »

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TV drama backed by Screen Nsw must now include female key creatives

24 July 2016 6:16 PM, PDT

Courtney Gibson.

Screen Nsw has stepped up its push for gender equity, announcing that all TV drama series must now include female key creatives in order to receive development or production finance.

CEO Courtney Gibson said Screen Nsw had worked closely with industry to identify the best ways to achieve systemic change.

"Production companies, broadcasters and other screen organisations have been incredibly supportive and we.re starting to see real impact as a result,. she said.

.But in order to move the needle even further, going forward, it will be a requirement for any television drama series to include female writers and/or directors and/or producers to secure development or production finance from us.

.If we are to achieve gender parity in our industry, we need to ensure there is equity of opportunity for women, and increased opportunities for people from other under-represented groups in the community..

Gibson said »

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