11 items from 2013
“It’s a love story above all and it’s very culturally significant,” Crowe told Variety at Afm. “This is where Australia became Australia.”
Crowe has been in Santa Monica meeting with international buyers and unspooling a sizzle reel at the American Film Market, where Mister Smith Entertainment has started selling the project.
Producers are Andrew Mason and Troy Lum for Hopscotch Features, and Keith Rodger for Crowe’s own Fear of God Films. RatPac Entertainment, which recently concluded a slate funding deal with Warner Bros. in partnership with Dune Entertainment, is making its first moves into independent film and has come on board with production funding for this, its first indie project. RatPac founders James Packer and Brett Ratner will serve as exec producers for the film.
Crowe will portray an »
- Dave McNary
Two major miniseries on Gallipoli both aim to start shooting by the middle of next year.
Sam Worthington is highly likely to play a lead role in The Gallipoli Story, a four-parter for Foxtel which will follow Australian journalists Keith Murdoch, Charles Bean and Phillip Schuler and Brit Ellis Ashmead Bartlett, who accompanied the troops to Gallipoli in 1915 and reveal how their quest for the truth helped change the war.s course.
He invited Connolly to join the production team because he and Banks are simultaneously working on two other shows, »
- Don Groves
Chicago – We’re kicking off a great November of content with another “New to Netflix” feature, in which we help you fill your Netflix queue for the next 30 days. There are some undeniable greats that recently hit the service (like “Say Anything…”) along with some well-known recent hits (like “Olympus Has Fallen”), but we use this feature to track down the films you may miss in the labyrinth of Netflix.
With more and more film and TV lovers using broadband providers more often than video stores, Netflix may be the future of entertainment but it’s still annoying to navigate. Let us guide the way. Complete with links so you can add all ten of these directly to your queue.
Netflix Description: Blending a larger-than-life family story and a rock documentary, this film follows David, Bobby and Dannis Hackney, three teenage brothers »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
The BBC has commissioned more than 2,500 hours of programming that will span four years to mark the centenary of World War I. As part of the ambitious undertaking Rupert Murdoch will be interviewed about his father’s role as the whistle-blower who told the world the truth about the botched Gallipoli campaign in Turkey. The season kicks off in early 2014 and will run through 2018 on BBC TV, Radio and Online and across international, national and local services. At MipTV in April, BBC controller Ben Stephenson foreshadowed some of the plans when he announced five-part half-hour series The Great War from Life On Mars’ Tony Jordan. The series is now titled The Passing-Bells and will be stripped over one week. Other highlights include drama The Ark from Sarah Phelps (Great Expectations) and starring Oona Chaplin, Hermione Norris and Kerry Fox as a dedicated team of medics; factual drama 37 Days about the »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
From 2014-2018, the BBC will feature specially dedicated coverage on TV, Radio and online, and across international, national and local services.
Leading the coverage is Jeremy Paxman's Britain's Great War, a four-part documentary season which will start in early 2014. The series will explore how Britain and the lives of British people were altered by the conflict.
Other programming highlights include BBC Two's The Necessary War, presented by Sir Max Hastings, and Niall Ferguson's The Pity Of War, which will both look at the war from very different perspectives.
Rupert Murdoch will be interviewed in Gallipoli, a documentary about the British Empire's most humiliating episode of the First World War. Murdoch will speak about his father, who was a whistle-blower on the botched campaign. »
Four years of shows to include Jeremy Paxman documentary and children's programmes, plus daily Radio 4 drama
The BBC has unveiled its most ambitious television season ever – 130 programmes spanning 2,500 hours – that will air over four years to mark the centenary of the first world war.
The season is designed to match the timespan of the 1914-18 war, and include a daily BBC Radio 4 drama.
- Tara Conlan
Next Monday sees the UK DVD release of World War I movie Forbidden Ground. Privately funded, it evokes the spirit of a true ‘world’ war as it is an Australian production, telling the story of British soldiers who find themselves trapped in no man’s land in war-torn France.
In cinematic terms, the First World War plays second fiddle, with a far greater number of World War II films produced in recent times. There are, however, a handful of great World War I movies which show just how global a war it really was.
We start in Australia, and one of Mel Gibson’s early movies. A young, promising athlete, Archy Hamilton, and a group of railroad workers are experiencing the war, and particularly Australia’s part in it, through newspaper reports covering events in Turkey. All are stirred by national pride to sign up, except Gibson’s shady Frank Dunne, »
- Barry Steele
The Assg has today informed membership of the regrettable passing of veteran sound recordist Don Connolly.
In 2000, the Assg recognised his contribution to the Australian Screen Sound industry and awarded him with the Assg Lifetime Achievement Award.
He was also awarded the Australian Centenary Medal in the 2001 Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to Australian society through Australian film production.
The Assg are calling for tributes to Connolly to be emailed to email@example.com..
Tributes are also welcome to be posted below.. »
- Emily Blatchford
Hollywood often produces two films on one subject, but the six movies based on the Battle of Çanakkale are a sign of a healthy domestic market for Turkish products
Maybe one sign of a fully matured film industry is when it's capable of spewing out an Olympus Has Fallen and a White House Down at the same time – coinciding films with identical subjects. One of those little zeitgeist clots that suggest creative minds running in parallel, in a highly evolved community driven by the relentless background hum of close competition – and also, all those scripts passing between studios, with ample opportunities for intellectual-property theft. Mostly, these weird convergences seem to come in pairs: Deep Impact and Armageddon, A Bug's Life and Antz, and so on.
So what does it say about the emerging Turkish industry that it has six movies on the same subject either recently on release or imminent? »
- Phil Hoad
Screen Australia says it has not mismanaged its finances by spending its annual production funding in just six months - a state of affairs which it says reflects the strength of the local film industry.
The government screen agency revealed in mid-December 2012 that it had spent its entire annual $42 million drama production allocation due to the unprecedented number of quality feature film and television projects seeking support. The shock announcement was reminiscent of the agency's abrupt decision to cut its investment cap in 2009 while several films were mid-financed. That decision.threw several major Australian productions into dissaray including The Tree and the biggest box office hit of.2010, Tomorrow When the War Began (Omnilab Media had to increase its investment at the last minute to ensure production).
Overspending on such a scale has never occurred before, even going back to the era of Screen Australia.s predecessor funding arm, the Film Finance Corporation. »
- Brendan Swift
The Sapphires looks set to dominate this year’s Aacta Awards after dominating the categories announced at yesterday’s awards lunch.
The AACTAs – the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts – were held for the first time last year. Yesterday’s lunch at the Star casino in Sydney comes ahead of tomorrow night’s main Aacta ceremony.
The Sapphires won in five of the early categories, including best editing, sound and cinematography.
The event also paid tribute to producer Al Clark with the Raymond Longford Award. Clark was behind films including The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Absolute Beginners and Nineteen Eighty Four.
Aacta Raymond Longford Award
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11 items from 2013
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