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Last call for concepts for TV dramas

2 July 2015 5:03 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Werner Film Productions. Joanna Werner is appealing to creatives to pitch their ideas for original TV dramas for the Screen Australia-funded development initiative The Story Lab.

Werner is looking for two projects for workshops designed to enable writers to take concepts to a pitch bible and first draft pilot episode script.

The deadline for Call for Concepts is July 10. Applicants are asked to submit a 1-3 page outline via Wfp.s website.

Funded by Screen Australia.s Enterprise Stories, the lab is intended to cultivate innovative Australian stories with global audience appeal.

Up to 20 writers as well as five script editors and five creative producers will participate in five intensive .Us writers. room- style workshops throughout the year.

.We.ve had a terrific response to Call for Concepts, across a broad cross-section of genres, but there is a week left for submissions,. Werner tells If.

The first workshop was held in June for House Games, »

- Don Groves

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Tim Tams and panel vans: Looking for Alibrandi, Australia’s best teen movie

29 June 2015 9:07 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

How did some fictional friends from the Sydney suburbs sum up a generation? One film fan pays tribute to Josie, Jacob Coote and John Barton 15 years on

Still Looking for Alibrandi: migrant teens deserve their own Ya fiction

Rewatching classic Australian films: week by week

Fifteen years ago, Josie Alibrandi was walking along George Street in her formal dress when she stopped and looked at Jacob Coote in disgust. “In a panel van?” she said. I may not have actually known what was wrong with a panel van, but I fell immediately in love.

To a specific generation of Australians, Kate Woods’ film Looking for Alibrandi is such a cultural touchstone it’s hard to remove it from our own personal history. Based on Melina Marchetta’s 1992 novel, it was critically embraced for thoughtfully telling an authentic non-Anglo-Saxon coming-of-age story from the perspective of a non-male protagonist, a combination rarely explored. »

- Sinead Stubbins

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Screen agencies challenged on shortage of women directors

27 May 2015 6:40 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

All Australian screen agencies are failing to develop female feature directors, according to Megan Simpson Huberman.

The agencies .cannot continue doing the same things and expecting a different result. And the current result - 15% of Australian dramatic features directed by women - is unacceptable,. she writes in the latest issue of Aftrs. Lumina magazine, which is devoted to gender equality in the screen industry.

Among the other factors which contribute to the under-representation of female directors, she says, are Australian film distribution companies which are run by blokes; and international film festival directors who are mostly male.

A former director of development and production investment at Screen Nsw and development executive at Screen Australia, Simpson Huberman is attached to direct Salvation Creek, a drama about a high-flying magazine editor whose husband and brother die within three days of each other, with producer Heather Ogilvie.

In the Lumina article she advocates »

- Don Groves

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Gurry kicks back at Wachowski critics

12 February 2015 1:27 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Mila Kunis and Kick Gurry in Jupiter Ascending.


Since Jupiter Ascending.s world premiere at Sundance the sci-fi action-adventure and writers-directors Andy and Lana Wachowski have been pilloried by most critics and the production is shaping as a costly write-off for Warner Bros and Village Roadshow Pictures.

Much of that criticism is unfair and disrespectful to the filmmakers, according to Kick Gurry, who plays Jupiter.s cousin Vladie in his second collaboration with the Wachowskis.

.The Matrix was the best action film of the last 25 years,. the Los Angeles-based Gurry tells If. .I don.t know why people revel in lampooning Jupiter Ascending so much. The Wachowskis should be held in higher regard than they are by some reviewers.

.I love the movie, its message and what it stands for. It.s great that movies inspire debate and conversation but it upsets me when some of the criticism gets more personal. »

- Don Groves

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Aussie students prefer watching local fare online

7 January 2015 4:06 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Tertiary students in Australia would rather watch online. documentaries such as John Pilger.s Utopia and Gilliam Armstrong.s Love, Lust & Lies and Aussie features than Hollywood blockbusters. That.s apparent from a list of the most popular videos streamed in 2014 on Kanopy, an online platform for universities, colleges and their students.

Excluding instructional videos, 20 of the 30 most watched titles in Australia last year were local productions. Silver Linings Playbook is the only recent Hollywood film to figure in the top 30.

.Students have access to hundreds of Us blockbusters yet they are choosing to watch videos like Utopia, Freedom Writers or Samson & Delilah more regularly than the mainstream Us blockbusters,. Kanopy CEO Olivia Humphrey tells If.

.Crossing the Line, Samson & Delilah, Ten Canoes, Muriel.s Wedding, Looking for Alibrandi, Head On, Lantana and My Brilliant Career all outperform even The Hunger Games.

.It's surprising because student viewing behaviour on Kanopy »

- Don Groves

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