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Amazon nabs The Kettering Incident for North America

25 August 2016 10:27 PM, PDT

Elizabeth Debicki in The Kettering Incident.

Amazon Prime has snapped up North American rights to The Kettering Incident, which looks set to capitalise on the rising star of Elizabeth Debicki after The Night Manager, in which she starred with Tom Hiddleston,.took U.S. audiences by storm earlier in the year..

The Tasmania-shot Kettering was created by Vicki Madden and producer Vincent Sheehan, and will premiere on Prime September 30. Amazon nabbed the rights from BBC Worldwide North America.

.Following the successful launch of The Kettering Incident in Australia, we are now bringing the mystery drama exclusively to Amazon Prime Video for U.S. audiences to enjoy,. said Matt Forde, BBC Worldwide North America's Evp, content production, sales and distribution..

.Amazon is already home to two of our most beloved programs, Doctor Who and Orphan Black, and we believe it is the perfect place for this rarefied story as it ventures into American homes. »

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Amazon Prime nabs The Kettering Incident for North America

25 August 2016 10:27 PM, PDT

Elizabeth Debicki in The Kettering Incident.

Amazon Prime has snapped up North American rights to The Kettering Incident, which looks set to capitalise on the rising star of Elizabeth Debicki after The Night Manager, in which she starred with Tom Hiddleston,.took U.S. audiences by storm earlier in the year..

The Tasmania-shot Kettering was created by Vicki Madden and producer Vincent Sheehan, and will premiere on Prime September 30. Amazon nabbed the rights from BBC Worldwide North America.

.Following the successful launch of The Kettering Incident in Australia, we are now bringing the mystery drama exclusively to Amazon Prime Video for U.S. audiences to enjoy,. said Matt Forde, BBC Worldwide North America's Evp, content production, sales and distribution..

.Amazon is already home to two of our most beloved programs, Doctor Who and Orphan Black, and we believe it is the perfect place for this rarefied story as it ventures into American homes. »

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Abe Forsythe on the jump from Ned to Down Under and taking a break

25 August 2016 9:46 PM, PDT

Abe Forsythe.

It.s been a long road from your first film, Ned, to Down Under. Were you developing other things in the meantime?

I was. I finished Ned in 2003 [when] it was released, but the actual birth of that movie to its release was incredibly quick. Part of that was due to the subject matter of that film and the genre it was, and [also] the age that I was. There was a lot about that experience that was really great and a lot about it that was exactly the opposite. I look back on that film. I was going to say [it was] my film school but I.ve learned a lot since then as well. It taught me a lot about the industry, and it actually got me used to failing. Developing anything and wanting to make films, you.ve got to get used to failure and build up a resilience to it. »

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ScreenWest unveils three Feature Navigator recipients

25 August 2016 8:07 PM, PDT

L-r: Zoe Pepper, David Vincent Smith and Jub Clerc.

Three Wa directors - Jub Clerc, Zoe Pepper and David Vincent Smith - are the recipients of Screenwest.s latest Feature Navigator round, a year-long initiative designed to develop local filmmakers.

.All three filmmakers displayed outstanding prior work, strong dedication to their creative careers and a passion to take the next step towards directing a feature film,. Screenwest Chief Executive Ian Booth said.

.The Feature Navigator program offers intensive, high-level support that is tailored to each director.s development needs and will connect those selected with producers, expert consultants and the local and national marketplace..

Clerc is a Nyul Nyul/Yawuru director from the Kimberley with several shorts under her belt, one of which formed a chapter of Tim Winton anthology The Turning. Watch one of Clerc's shorts, Storytime, here.

Pepper is a theatre and short film director and runs her own company, »

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Screen Nsw rebrands its Emerging Filmmakers Fund

25 August 2016 7:38 PM, PDT

2014 Eff short The Guests, which was directed by Shane Danielsen and premiered at Cannes.

Screen Nsw's Emerging Filmmakers Fund for emerging short filmmakers has been renamed and rejigged.

Generator: Emerging Filmmakers Fund will "require the inclusion of a female director and priority will be given to teams that include people from under-represented groups," said Screen Nsw.

Each Generator round will $30,000 to projects for production and/or post-production of a short film. There is one round annually and in 2016 funding will be provided for up to three projects.

This year, Aquarius Films (Angie Fielder, Polly Staniford, Cecilia Ritchie, Bec Cubitt and Alice Willison) will act as mentors and executive producers for all the Generator shorts..

Aquarius' slate includes the upcoming Lion, directed by Garth Davis, and Berlin Syndrome, directed by Cate Shortland.

Projects can be drama, factual, animation or experimental and no more than 30 minutes long. Applications close October 30.

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Snowtown, The Babadook composer Jed Kurzel signs with Music Sales

24 August 2016 11:36 PM, PDT

Jed Kurzel.

Mess Hall star turned film composer Jed Kurzel has signed a deal with Chester Music/G.Schirmer Australia, representing his publishing rights for all projects..

Kurzel broke out by doing the score for his brother Justin's debut feature Snowtown. He's since composed the music for Slow West, The Babadook, Son of A Gun, All This Mayhem, and Benedict Andrews' upcoming Una, starring Ben Mendelsohn and set to premiere at Tiff next month..

Andrews and the Kurzels go way back, with Justin designing some of the productions directed by Andrews when he was a resident director at the Sydney Theatre Company.

Jed Kurzel is currently based in London, where he worked on the score for his brother's Macbeth and is currently scoring his first studio film, Assassin's Creed: Time Out Of Mind, again directed by Justin and starring Michael Fassbender. .

.We first met Jed when he was »

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CEO Neil Peplow on Aftrs' remit and the return of discipline-specific MAs

24 August 2016 5:29 PM, PDT

Aftrs CEO Neil Peplow.

Aftrs' new five-year strategy was shaped by what the school calls the most comprehensive and up-to-date national industry skills survey ever undertaken. The report was supplied by Screen Audience Research Australia (Sara) who undertook nationwide research, consulting with more than 500 Australian practitioners.

The survey found skills gaps in the areas of screen business, new technologies, and script coverage, among others. Sara CEO Peter Drinkwater pointed out that "the industry is rapidly changing: tighter budgets and greater time pressures mean less acceptance of failure. The role of training is therefore paramount, with 90 percent of the industry wanting access to more training opportunities in the future..

On the eve of the report's unveiling earlier this month, If sat down with Aftrs CEO Neil Peplow to discuss the school.s five year strategic plan and its focus on outreach, talent development and industry training.

Coming in to Aftrs around nine months ago, »

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Torres Strait docudrama Blue Water Empire enlists Ryan Corr, Jack Thompson

23 August 2016 6:47 PM, PDT

Blue Water Empire.

Filming has begun in Far North Queensland and the Torres Straits on Blue Water Empire, the three-part docudrama on the history and culture of the Torres Strait Islands set to air on the ABC next year.

The cast list has filled out with a who's who of the local scene: Jack Thompson, Ryan Corr, Damian Walshe-Howling, Aaron Fa.Aoso, Jimi Bani, Roy Billing, Geoff Morrell, Jeremy Lindsay Taylor, Peter Phelps, Merwez Whaleboat, Robert Mammone and Damian de Montemas..

The series is being produced by Aaron Fa.Aoso and Jimi Bani's Lonestar Company in partnership with Bunya Productions, led by producers David Jowsey and Greer Simpkin (Goldstone). It was commissioned by the ABC with assistance from Screen Australia and Screen Queensland.

.It.s an honour to be telling the stories of our amazing people and their contribution, over the last two centuries, to the history of Torres Strait Islanders and wider Australia, »

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IMAX Darling Harbour to be demolished in September

23 August 2016 5:37 PM, PDT

IMAX Darling Harbour.

IMAX Darling Harbour will be demolished next month..

A new cinema will be erected in its place and open in 2019, part of a complex that will include a 588-room W Hotel and 20,000 square metres of restaurants and retail..

The revamped IMAX Darling Harbour will notably feature laser projection, as well as 430 luxury seats - the premium offering will see patrons able to order meals from surrounding restaraunts - as well as a 12-channel sound system.

Over ten million people have attended IMAX Darling Harbour since it opened its doors in 1996. Located in tourist heartland, the cinema has also become a key excursion venue for schools, with over 80,000 students visiting annually. »

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Palace to open new cinemas in Sydney's Central Park Mall and Double Bay

23 August 2016 4:56 PM, PDT

Central Park Mall.

Palace Cinemas will open a new cinema, Palace Central, in Sydney's Central Park Mall, Chippendale.

Palace will open their new 14 screen complex on Level 3 of the centre in late 2017. The cinema will also uphold the building.s .green. ethos, utilising technology which will use recycled water to heat and cool the auditoria, Palace said in a statement.

With a new cinema recently confirmed for Double Bay, Palace Central will be the company.s fifth location in Sydney.

The move is in line with two other redevelopments in New South Wales: for Palace Verona and Palace Byron Bay. For Verona, all existing seats will be replaced by December 2016, while Verona will also get an additional cinema by Easter 2017, with plans to add more bringing the total to eight by December 2017. Palace Byron Bay will reopen in 2018 as a nine-screen complex..

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Tiff's Discovery section to feature Boys in the Trees, Joe Cinque's Consolation

23 August 2016 4:07 PM, PDT

Boys in the Trees.

Tiff's Discovery program is where first and second time feature directors from around the world can strut their stuff.

.Toronto audiences first found Christopher Nolan, Lynne Ramsay and Steve McQueen in our Discovery section,. said the Artistic Director of Tiff, Cameron Bailey. .We can't wait to introduce a new generation of vibrant, original voices in cinema..

This year the Discovery line-up includes two Aussie titles: Joe Cinque.s Consolation, directed by Sotiris Dounoukos, and Boys in the Trees, directed by Nicholas Verso.

Joe Cinque.s Consolation, which.Titan View will release in cinemas across Australia on October 13, comes to Tiff after premiering at this month's Melbourne International Film Festival.

Based on Helen Garner's book about the headline-grabbing 1997 murder case, the drama chronicles how the romantic relationship between two Australian law students turns deadly.

The film's selection marks Dounoukos. return to the festival. In 2014, he was »

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Fury Road's Josh Helman to play bare-knuckle fighter in My Name is Lenny

22 August 2016 8:59 PM, PDT

Chanel Cresswell and Josh Helman in.My.Name is Lenny.

Principal photography has begun in London on My Name is Lenny, starring Aussie actor Josh Helman (X-Men: Apocalypse, Mad Max: Fury Road) as British bare-knuckle fighter Lenny McLean..

The film is being produced by Salon Pictures, which recently wrapped on Jonathan Teplitzky.s Churchill starring Brian Cox and Miranda Richardson..

Joining Helman is current Ufc middleweight champion Michael Bisping as his arch rival, Roy .Pretty Boy. Shaw as well as veterans Michael Gambon (Harry Potter, Hail Caesar) and Nick Moran (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels).

The film is directed by Ron Scalpello (Offender, Pressure) and written by Martin Askew (Rocknrolla) and Salon co-founder Paul Van Carter (one of the producers of Churchill).

Van Carter said that Salon was "delighted to finally bring the legend of Lenny to life by making an intelligent and intimate film with our amazing cast. »

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National student survey on sexual assault rolls out with The Hunting Ground

22 August 2016 7:37 PM, PDT

The Hunting Ground.

Madman is launching its impact campaign for documentary The Hunting Ground with the unveiling of The Hunting Ground Australia Project, a national student survey on sexual assault and sexual harassment.

The Hunting Ground is directed by Kirby Dick and explores the issue of sexual assault on Us University campuses; brought roaring back to the headlines most recently by the Nate Parker saga. Dick's 2012 doc, The Invisible War, investigated the epidemic of rape within the Us military.

.The Hunting Ground Australia Project is proud and excited that the funding raised and partnerships developed though Good Pitch2 Australia has instigated this landmark survey,. said Allison Henry, the project's Campaign Director.

The Hunting Ground was one of six documentary films selected for the 2015 Good Pitch2 Australia at the Sydney Opera House.

.A year ago when we started this project we immediately recognised the dearth of data available around the incidence »

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Tanna is Australia's official nominee for foreign language film at the Oscars

22 August 2016 7:01 PM, PDT

Tanna.

Tanna, directed by Aussie documentarians Bentley Dean and Martin Butler, is Australia's nomination for the 2017 Foreign Language Oscar, as chosen by Screen Australia..

.Tanna does what all great films aspire to do: transport you out of your seat and keep you completely riveted as you dive into another world," said Screen Australia CEO Graeme Mason..

"It.s a simple and universal story told with such impressive nuance and looks extraordinary on screen. It.s a great privilege to submit Tanna to the Academy on behalf of Australia, the filmmakers and the people of Yakel..

The film premiered at Venice last year and is about to bow Stateside via Lightyear Entertainment, which nabbed the rights in February.

Dean and Butler said that they and the cast were "absolutely thrilled to be Australia.s official submission for the Best Foreign Language Academy Award. Working so closely with the people of Yakel »

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Screen Queensland launches attachment scheme SQattach

21 August 2016 9:02 PM, PDT

Screen Queensland CEO Tracey Vieira.

Screen Queensland has launched SQattach, a program designed to create on-the-job skills for Qld-based screen professionals.

SQattach requires a commitment for producers to provide attachments when applying for the Sq Production Fund. Expressions of interest are also open for early and mid-career screen practitioners who wish to be considered for an attachment opportunity.

"We are excited to be launching SQattach," said Screen Queensland CEO Tracey Vieira. "Attachments are so important for early to mid-career practitioners to be given on-set experience to gain the skills and contacts they need for a successful career.".

"The future growth and strength of our local screen community relies on our taking a stand today and supporting them with long-term focused initiatives."

Sq will be offering attachments throughout the year on projects where it has provided funding. Twice a year, the state body will also issue a call-out for early to »

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Icaa's My Cinema initiative to spotlight Sony's country rom-com Spin Out

21 August 2016 8:37 PM, PDT

Morgan Griffin and Xavier Samuel in Spin Out.

The Independent Cinema Association of Australia's latest My Cinema promotion will tout Sony's Spin Out, starring Xavier Samuel and Morgan Griffin, with audiences at participating cinemas in the running to win $5,000.

Co-written and co-directed by Tim Ferguson, Spin Out follows the story of Billy (Samuel) and Lucy (San Andreas'.Morgan Griffin), who grew up together in a country town. Travis Jeffery, Melissa Bergland and Lincoln Lewis are also in the cast.

Ferguson directed the film,.releasing in cinemas September 15, with Marc Gracie (Full Frontal), who also produced alongside David Redman (Charlie and Boots, Strange Bedfellows) and shares writing credit with Edwina Exton.

.I would love for people to leave the cinema with a desire to move to or visit the bush for a holiday — to see the Australian countryside for themselves," said Ferguson..

"There.s so much there and not just »

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Griffith Film School, Hugo Weaving team for animated short about autism

21 August 2016 7:15 PM, PDT

According to Griffith Film School Deputy Head Trish FitzSimons, the best thing Griffith can do for its students is obvious: "Help them get a job related to the multiple screen industries in the period immediately after graduation, so they can keep learning new skills, networking and finding role models of both genders.".

To that end, Gfs is focussing on work-integrated learning during undergraduate, partly via LiveLab, the school's commercial production arm..

"LiveLab employs the strongest of our recent graduates and other professionals to work with current students to make commissioned content," FitzSimons told If..

LiveLab's Creative Director is Richard Fabb, who worked as a TV producer for 25 years before joining Gfs at the end of 2014 and spearheading its latest project: an animated short about autism, fronted by none other than Hugo Weaving.

"We were approached by Gold Coast Health in May 2015 to make a short animated film about autism, with Sentis, »

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ABC3 to become ABC Me from September 19

21 August 2016 6:23 PM, PDT

ABC3, which launched in 2009 and has been the home for children's content on the national broadcaster ever since, is about to undergo a redbranding, with ABC3 becoming ABC Me on September 19.

According to an ABC statement, the revamp was developed with primary school children and their families.

The channel will premiere new programs News to Me, a weekly pop culture review show, sci-fi action animation series Prisoner Zero and short-form documentary series This Is Me, alongside returning series Nowhere Boys, You.re Skitting Me, Little Lunch, Good Game Sp and Behind the News..

ABC Me will broadcast both short and long form Australian content and will be delivered via a new app that can be personalised by the user (in addition to the broadcast channel).

.We.ve been listening to our young audiences and it.s clear that they want flexibility, mobility and control," ABC Director of Television Richard Finlayson said. »

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