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Crocodile Dundee (Source: Screen Australia).
The screen industry contributes around $3 billion to the economy annually and creates over 25,000 full time equivalent jobs, according to a new report commissioned by Screen Australia.
Launching the report at the Screen Forever conference on Tuesday, Minister for the Arts Mitch Fifield described it as the first full measure of the economic and cultural value of the screen sector..
"But it has struck me that the value of our screen stories can be viewed from a different angle, and that is: what if we didn't have them," he said.
"Would Anzac Day have revived and would our diggers be as well understood without the force of Peter Weir's Gallipoli? How would we view our shared past, present and future without the perspectives brought to us by First Australians, That Sugar Film or Howard On Menzies? How would our children view the world without the »
- Jackie Keast
dick clark productions announced today that Academy Award-winning actor, writer and director Mel Gibson will be honored with the “Hollywood Director Award” at the 20th Annual “Hollywood Film Awards® Presented by Virginia Black.” The prolific multi-talented artist directs Lionsgate’s “Hacksaw Ridge,” starring Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughn and Teresa Palmer, which is set to hit theaters November 4th, 2016. The awards ceremony, celebrating its 20th anniversary as the official launch of the awards season®, will be hosted by actor and comedian James Corden, and will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, on November 6, 2016. The Hollywood Film Awards honors some of the most acclaimed films and actors, as well as artists in Cinematography, Visual Effects, Film Composing, Costume Design, Editing, Production Design, Sound and Makeup & Hairstyling. Its recipients over the past 20 years have included the world’s biggest stars and more than 110 have gone on to garner Oscar nominations and/or wins. »
Dick Clark Productions made the announcement on Monday. Gibson directed Lionsgate’s World War II action-drama “Hacksaw Ridge,” starring Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughn, and Teresa Palmer, which hits theaters on Nov. 4.
Gibson made his acting debut on “Mad Max” in 1979 and went on to star in “Gallipoli,” “The Bounty,” “Tequila Sunrise,” and the “Lethal Weapon” series. He founded Icon Productions in 1989 and made his directorial debut in 1993 with “The Man Without a Face.”
In 1995 Gibson produced, directed, and starred in “Braveheart,” which won Academy Awards for best picture and best director. He produced, co-wrote, and directed “The Passion of the Christ,” which grossed more than $600 million worldwide in 2004.
- Dave McNary
Poster art by Jeremy Love.
1967, the height of the Red Scare. Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt is embroiled in a power struggle after discovering his spymaster has illegally investigated and exposed Red sympathisers embedded within Holt's administration.
That's the premise for an ambitious new Australian short film set in the period leading up to the Holt's famous disappearance at Victoria's Cheviot Beach.
The Defector is written, directed and produced by Scott Mannion and executive produced by Antonia Barnard, Nick Cole, Greg Dick and Simon de Bruyn, who describes the short as "an Australian spy film made to world class standards."
Mannion came to de Bruyn's attention in his capacity as an acquisitions executive with international sales agent and production company Xyz Films..
"As part of my role at Xyz, and its joint venture Xyz-gfc, I am tracking some of the best genre talent in this region and Scott had quickly »
- Harry Windsor
Both Mel Gibson and Sean Penn broke out big in the summer of 1982. Gibson soared as a haunted loner in action thriller The Road Warrior and Penn stood out as a stoned high school student in the goofy comedy Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Both had already shown their skills -- Gibson in Mad Max and Gallipoli, Penn in Taps -- and the roles they played in the following years showed the wide range of their dramatic talents. Thanks to the popular Mad Max and Lethal Weapon series, Gibson became known as an action star. He balanced that out with roles in intense dramas and light comedies, and eventually turned to filmmaking, winning two Academy Awards for Braveheart. His latest directorial project, the wartime drama Hacksaw Ridge, is due for release on November 4. For his...
- Peter Martin
Say what you will about Mel Gibson, but we’re still fans. Sure his off-screen antics were troublesome to family and friends, but for the rest of us — those of us who don’t know him personally — all we really have are his performances and films. Mad Max, Gallipoli, The Bounty, Lethal Weapon, Tequila Sunrise, Maverick, Ransom, Payback, The Patriot, Signs, Get the Gringo. The guy makes good movies, typically playing characters involved in violent situations, and now the first trailer has dropped for his latest film where he plays a character involved in a violent situation. Blood Father sees Gibson as John Link, an ex-con who works as a tattoo artist out of his trailer on the outskirts of an American desert. His teenage daughter’s been missing, but when she suddenly reappears it’s with trouble on her tail in the form of drug dealers who want her dead. We »
- Rob Hunter
Marília Pêra: Actress starred in Brazilian movie classic 'Pixote.' Marília Pêra: Brazilian film, TV and stage star Remembering Brazilian stage, television, and film star Marília Pêra, whose acting and singing career spanned more than five decades. Pêra died of lung cancer on Dec. 5, '15, in Rio de Janeiro. Born Marília Soares Pêra on Jan. 22, 1943, in Rio, she was 72 years old. 'Pixote' prostitute Internationally, Marília Pêra is best known as the loud, vulgar prostitute Sueli, who becomes acquainted with São Paulo street kid Fernando Ramos da Silva in Hector Babenco's well-received social drama Pixote / Pixote: A Lei do Mais Fraco (1981), a fierce indictment of Brazilian society's utter disregard for its disadvantaged members. In one pivotal – and widely talked about scene – she lets the titular character (da Silva, at the time 12 years old) suckle her breast. In another, she pulls down her panties and sits in »
- Andre Soares
Robert Stigwood, a former music manager for the Bee Gees and Cream, died on Monday. He was 81. The Australian entrepreneur and impresario produced films including “Saturday Night Fever,” “Grease,” “Gallipoli,” “Staying Alive,” “Tommy” and “Evita.” He also introduced theatrical productions such as “Hair” and “Jesus Christ Superstar” to audiences Down Under. Born in Adelaide, South Australia, Stigwood moved to England in 1954 and went on to partner with Cream in the mid-1960s, producing the supergroup’s debut album “Fresh Cream” in 1966. Also Read: Craig Strickland, Backroad Anthem Singer, Found Dead at 29 After Oklahoma Storm He continued to work with Cream »
- Debbie Emery
Rock opera and disco impresario Robert Stigwood, who produced “Grease” and “Saturday Night Fever” and managed the Bee Gees, died Jan. 4 at 81. Stigwood also produced Broadway shows including “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Evita.”
“I would like to thank Robert for his kindness to me over the years as well as his mentorship to my family. ‘Stiggy,’ you will be missed,” he wrote.
Born in Australia, Stigwood moved to England and launched a theatrical management agency, soon turning to music. He managed hit bands Cream and the Bee Gees during the late 1960s and early ’70s, and then started producing for Broadway.
“Jesus Christ Superstar,” the first show from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, was a huge Broadway hit in 1971. He also produced the 1973 film version. The vogue for “rock operas” continued with the 1975 film “Tommy, »
- Variety Staff
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