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Film industry talent announced as Cockatoo Island Film Fest jury

15 October 2012 5:49 PM, PDT | Encore Magazine | See recent Encore Magazine news »

Cinematographer Don McAlpine, documentary director Jennifer Peedom, producer Helen Bowden and actor/director Damian Walshe-Howling are among the members of the jury announced for the Cockatoo Island Film Festival.

The announcement:

A number of Australia’s award-winning movie heavyweights have been confirmed for the three juries of the Cockatoo Island International Film Festival starting next week.

The juries will be for the Dramatic Feature competition, Documentary section and for Short Films.

The Golden Feather Awards, in six categories, will be presented at a major red carpet event on the island on Saturday night, 27 October. The Festival opens with acclaimed Us film The Master, on Wednesday 24 October.

Veteran cinematographer, Don McAlpine (Predator, Wolverine, Moulin Rouge) will chair the feature jury, award winning documentary film-maker Jennifer Peedom (Miracle on Everest and Solo) the documentary section and actor/director/producer Jeremy Hartley Sims will head the Shorts jury.

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- Colin Delaney

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Cameras roll on ABC and HBO collaboration Serangoon Road

10 September 2012 1:11 AM, PDT | Encore Magazine | See recent Encore Magazine news »

The ABC and HBO Asia have collaborated on a new series Serangoon Road to feature a string of Australian actors Don Hany, Maeve Dermody, Rachael Blake and Michael Dorman.

The series is created by Paul Barron and his Peter Andrikidis and Tony Tilse will direct the 10×1 hour series produced by Great Western Entertainment and Singapore’s Infinite Studios.

As well as the ABC and HBO Asia, ScreenWest and international distributors Conten Media Corporation are finance partners.

Cameras have begun to roll in Singapore.

The announcement:

In a major collaboration between ABC TV and HBO Asia the cameras are currently rolling in Singapore on Serangoon Road, an Australia/Singapore prime-time drama co-production.

The co-production companies participating in this 10 x 1hr series are Perth’s Great Western Entertainment and Singapore’s Infinite Studios. The financing partners include ScreenWest, ABC TV and ABC Commercial, HBO Asia and international distributors Content Media Corporation.

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- Colin Delaney

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La-based Australian showrunner returns for showrunner intiative

30 May 2012 10:40 PM, PDT | Encore Magazine | See recent Encore Magazine news »

Hollywood-based, Australian writer and executive producer of the NCIS franchise Shane Brennan will return to Australia to continue his involvement in Playmakers’ Scribe Showrunner Initiative.

The announcement:

Australian screenwriter and producer Shane Brennan is back in Australia to continue his involvement in Playmakers’ Scribe Showrunner Initiative for 2012.

Scribe was launched in 2011 with the support of Screen Australia’s Enterprise Program.

Inaugural participants Matt Ford (Panic at Rock Island, Slide) and Shelly Birse (Lockie Leonard, Wildside) are both currently in broadcaster funded development on their own Scribe projects.

Another Scribe success story is the newly announced Nine Network series, House Husbands, co-created by Drew Proffitt and Ellie Beaumont.

House Husbands is a 10 part drama series about four Australian families with one thing in common: the men are in charge of raising the kids.

Filming commenced in Melbourne this week.

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- Colin Delaney

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ABC telemovie Dangerous Remedy begins production

18 March 2012 3:57 PM, PDT | Encore Magazine | See recent Encore Magazine news »

Production begins on ABC telemovie Dangerous Remedy in Melbourne this week.

Produced by Ned Lander for Eclipse Films, producer of Radiance and Who Do You Think You Are?, Dangerous Remedy is directed by Ken Cameron, who helmed Underbelly, Wildside and Brides of Christ and written by Kris Wyld, who wrote East West 101 and Wildside.

A true story based on events beginning in 1969, Dangerous Remedy is the story of a doctor, Bert Wainer, who uncovers an illegal abortion racket protected by corrupt homicide detectives and organised by the medical establishment.

The cast is led by Jeremy Sims, with Willam McInnes, Susie Porter, Maeve Dermody and Mark Leonard Winter as well as Gary Sweet and Caroline Craig. The project is executive produced by Andrew Myer.

Lander said: “This is a story of the remarkable Dr Bertram Wainer – a passionate and flawed man whose campaign challenged and changed our society.”

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- Colin Delaney

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Filming begins on ABC1 telemovie Dangerous Remedy

18 March 2012 3:26 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

FIlming has begun on a new ABC1 telemovie about Dr Bert Wainer and two extraordinary women who exposed the deadly impact that Melbourne's anti-abortion laws had in the 1960s.

Dangerous Remedy is currently shooting in Melbourne and stars Jeremy Sims (Corridors of Power, Fireflies, Underbelly Files), William McInnes (Curtin, East West 101, Look Both Ways), Susie Porter (East West 101, Sisters of War, East of Everything), Maeve Dermody (Paper Giants, Miss Fisher.s Murder Mysteries, Beautiful Kate), Mark Leonard Winter (Balibo, Van Dieman.s Land, Blame), as well as Gary Sweet and Caroline Craig.

The political-thriller is set in 1969 and follows Bert Wainer, a local Gp, who embarks on a campaign for law reform after the death of a young woman. He discovers an illegal abortion ring protected by corrupt homicide detectives, allowing the medical establishment, media and politicians to ignore the impact of anti-abortion laws.

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- Brendan Swift

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