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Two initiatives to put the spotlight on Lgbtiq filmmakers

26 June 2017 12:51 AM, PDT

Lexi Laphor in 'The Glass Bedroom', an Art Bites project (photo: Evan Fowler)..

Next year will mark 40 years since the first Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, and ahead of the celebrations two short film initiatives focused on Lgbtiq filmmakers have been launched.

The first is Screen Australia and ABC TV Art.s Love Bites, which will offer 10 Lgbtiq filmmakers $10,000 each to make a five minute documentary short. Each will then screen on ABC iview under the .Love Bites. banner during Mardi Gras.

Successful applicants will make a film that provides an .accessible, engaging and entertaining insight. into the Lgbtiq community, but the tone, content and style of the doco is up to the creator. Each team will be supported by a Screen Australia investment manager and an ABC digital arts commissioning editor.

Applicant teams must consist of at least a director and a producer, one of whom identifies as »

- Jackie Keast

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Bo Report: The latest 'Transformers' again shows a tiring with franchises

25 June 2017 7:30 PM, PDT

'Transformers: The Last Knight'..

Moviegoers in Australia and internationally increasingly are showing signs of fatigue with the never-ending procession of Hollywood franchises.

The latest examples: The underwhelming debuts of the fifth film in the Transformers series and the third edition of Cars.

That coupled with the fast-sinking Pirates of the Caribbean 5 and The Mummy reboot indicates studios should spend more money on original content and less on tiring franchises.

The top 20 titles collectively minted $17 million last weekend, down 5 per cent on the previous frame, according to Numero..

Of the new independent releases, A Quiet Passion and Hindi drama Tubelight registered well while Una was Ok and McLaren tanked.

Paramount.s Transformers: The Last Knight rang up $4.46 million from 285 locations and $4.7 million with previews. That.s way down on the $8.8 million debut of Transformers: Age of Extinction in 2014, which finished up with $26.9 million.

Michael Bay.s bombastic action-adventure starring Mark Wahlberg, »

- Don Groves

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