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Argue goes loco in sci-fi spoof
3 hours ago
David Argue has rediscovered his passion for acting after playing an Australian astronaut in Astro Loco, the debut feature from writer-director Aaron McLoughlin. The actor who made his name in the 1980s classics Gallipoli, BMX Bandits and Razorback, shot the sci-fi comedy at Rmit University.s studios in Melbourne after taking a self-imposed break .
Explaining the hiatus, he tells If, .On a couple of projects I felt I was not treated the right way, or the film was shafted..
Astro Loco follows four misfit astronauts who discover during their mission they have been given one-way tickets and they.re not going home. At the outset, McLoughlin piqued his interest by likening the character to a .snake in a jar..
.When Aaron sent me the treatment I thought, .That.s right out there,. a bit like Red Dwarf,. Argue says. .My character Lucien is quite angry, he.s not the full astronaut. »
- Don Groves
Heath Ledger Scholarship winner named
6 hours ago
When Matt Levett was nominated for this year.s Heath Ledger Scholarship along with 17 other rising talents, the actor didn.t fancy his chances amongst what he described as a .an intimidating. line-up.
So he was both stunned and stoked to win the award presented on Monday night Us time in Los Angeles.
The 2009 Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts (Waapa) graduate says the $US10,000 cash prize will enable him to further his ambitions in Hollywood.
.It will give me the ability to stay longer and give me a foot in the door,. says Levett, who first went to the Us last September/October, when he signed with the Gersh Agency. The runners-up are fellow Waapa graduate Emilie Cocquerel and Lily Sullivan, who each get a round-trip ticket to Los Angeles and a scholarship to attend Masterclasses at Screenwise Film & TV School for actors in Sydney.
On behalf of the judges, »
- Don Groves
Cannes official to head Aff jury
10 hours ago
One of the Cannes Film Festival.s top officials will serve as the president of the jury at this year.s Adelaide Film Festival. Christian Jeune is the Deputy General Delegate and director of the film department at the festival, which he joined in 1983 while studying languages at a college in Nice.
Among his duties he is responsible for scouting films for official competition, Un Certain Regard and the short films competition.
As deputy to festival director Thierry Frémaux, he also negotiates with filmmakers, producers, film commissions and sales agents as well as coordinating screenings and press conferences His fellow jurors are Annemarie Jacir, Director of Philistine Films, one the leading figures of the .Arab New Wave.; Variety.s chief Asia critic Maggie Lee, who has programmed festivals in Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore and is programming consultant for the Tokyo International Film Festival; and 52 Tuesdays director Sophie Hyde, a partner in Closer Productions. »
- Don Groves
Phryne Fisher and a curious case of sexism
31 May 2015 9:28 PM, PDT
If conservative elements within the Australian screen industry had had their way, Miss Fisher.s Murder Mysteries either may never have made it to the screen, or the protagonist could have been a very different character.
The issue? Some people who controlled the purse strings objected to Phryne Fisher.s free-wheeling, no-strings-attached love life.
Every Cloud Productions. Deb Cox and Fiona Eagger, co-creators of the popular 1929-set ABC show starring Essie Davis, Nathan Page, Hugo Johnstone-Burt and Ashleigh Cummings, encountered. industry sexism- from males and females-. during development and production of the first series.
.Early in our development process, Phryne.s morality was queried by some in the long chain of investors that Australian television series need in order to be realised,. Cox writes in the latest edition of Aftrs' Lumina magazine, which is dedicated to gender equality in the screen industry.
.Was she too promiscuous? Should her sexual encounters »
- Don Groves
Clooney pic rocked by earthquake
31 May 2015 7:42 PM, PDT
The combination of George Clooney, a dual Oscar-winning director and an astronomical budget hasn.t paid off for Tomorrowland, least of all in Australia where Disney.s mystery-adventure was shaken by San Andreas last weekend.
In other B.O. news, global receipts for Mad Max: Fury Road climbed to $US281 million after its third weekend, including an estimated $116 million in the Us and $165 million in the rest of the world.
Directed by Brad Peyton (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island), disaster pic San Andreas seized the top spot in Australia, grabbing $3.2 million. Pro-rata, that was well below the weekend Us opening of $US54.6 million, perhaps because Dwayne Johnson is a bigger drawcard at home than here.
Johnson plays a search and rescue helicopter pilot who is joined »
- Don Groves
Call for concepts for original narrative series
31 May 2015 5:04 PM, PDT
Werner Film Productions today called for. writers to submit original new television concepts for its development initiative, The Story Lab.
Funded by Screen Australia.s Enterprise Stories, the lab is an initiative of Wfp.s two-time Emmy nominated producer Joanna Werner. Wfp aims to take risks through The Story Lab and to cultivate innovative Australian stories with global audience appeal. The successful concepts will be challenged, debated and strengthened over a week of rigorous development in a workshop.
Each selected concept will be nurtured and enhanced through a high level and thorough .boot camp. of creativity.
.We see this as an incredibly exciting opportunity to support creators and work with them to help get their project on screen. We want to create and tell unique, intelligent and captivating stories," Werner said.
"We.re chasing those ideas from story-tellers prepared to take risks to make unforgettable television and we.re definitely »
- Staff writer