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Sony offers first look at romantic comedy Spin Out, starring Xavier Samuel

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Sony has released the poster for Spin Out, its romantic comedy directed by Tim Ferguson and Marc Gracie slated for a domestic release on September 15 this year.

In a scenario not dissimilar to 1999's Paperback Hero, starring Hugh Jackman and Claudia Karvan, Spin Out is about Billy (played by Xavier Samuel) and Lucy (Morgan Griffin), two friends who have grown up together in a small country town..

The pair form one of the town's most formidable Ute driving teams, but when Billy takes one risky car stunt too far, Lucy declares she is moving to the city - sending Billy into a spin..

Amid the mayhem of the town.s annual "Bachelors and Spinsters" party, Billy only has one night to wake up to his true feelings for his best friend - or lose her forever..

Samuel and Griffin (who have just started shooting another film together, Sa thriller Bad Blood
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Michael Petroni's Backtrack scores limited Australian theatrical release

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Sam Neill and Adrien Brody in Backtrack.

Australian psychological thriller.Backtrack, starring Adrien Brody and Sam Niell, will screen exclusively for one-week at Palace Cinemas from June 16-22.

The limited cinema release will be followed by digital and disc releases on August 3, a non-traditional pattern designed to make the film available to a broader audience across all channels without delay..

Producer Jamie Hilton said he was excited to bring Backtrack to Australian audiences, after selling the film in more than 60 countries..

"Adrien Brody gives a nuanced performance as an Australian psychiatrist, a fresh spin after so many of our stars playing Americans," he said..

"Michael Petroni and his all Australian team have crafted a world class film that is both intelligent and thrilling..

"We hope audiences will enjoy it across all release platforms and are delighted to partner with Palace Cinemas on the theatrical release...

Written and directed by Michael Petroni
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Jesse Stern to speak at National Screenwriters Conference

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Us writer and producer, Jesse Stern.

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NCIS co-executive producer and writer Jesse Stern has been confirmed as a speaker at this year's National Screenwriters' Conference.

Stern's credits include five seasons as a co-executive producer and writer of NCIS, writer of the game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Modern Warfare 2.

Stern works across independent features, network television and video games and is currently the lead writer for studio Respawn Entertainment on their hit game Titanfall and its forthcoming sequel Titanfall 2..

Over the course of his career Jesse has sold comedy and drama television pilots to CBS, NBC and Fox..

Stern joins international guests including Shane Brennan (show runner NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles), Michael Petroni (Backtrack, Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Till Human Voices Wake Us), Alexa Junge (Sex and The City, Friends, The West Wing), and Jan Sardi (The Notebook, Shine) as the industry discusses creating
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Petroni's Backtrack set for Australian premiere

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Michael Petroni's psychological thriller Backtrack will have its Australian premiere at Moonlight Cinemas after postive reviews at Tribeca Film festival earlier this year.

Starring Academy Award winner, Adrien Brody (The Pianist) and three time Australian Golden Globe nominee Sam Neill (Merlin), Backtrack will premiere December 6 in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.

The Screen Australia backed film is directed by Michael Petroni; best known for his work on the Academy Award nominated film The Book Thief (2013), The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010) and Australian film Till Human Voices Wake Us (2002) starring Guy Peace and Helena Bonham Carter.

The film follows psychologist Peter Bower's (Brody) as his life is thrown into turmoil when he discovers that the patients he has been treating are ghosts..

Risking his own sanity, Peter delves into his past to uncover a terrifying secret which only he can put right.

Petroni
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Spin Out set for Shepparton shoot

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Sony Pictures Australian rom-com Spin Out starring Xavier Samuel and Morgan Griffin is set for a Shepparton, Victoria shoot.

The film, originally titled Circle Work, will start shooting in the Victorian country town from August 18.

Samuel (Fury, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn . Part 2, A Few Best Men) will star alongside Griffin (San Andreas, Louder Than Words, Charlie & Boots) and be supported by a talented group of actors that include Lincoln Lewis (Gallipoli, Tomorrow When the War Began), Melissa Bergland (Winners and Losers, Relative Happiness), Tessa James (Love Child, Home and Away) and Brooke McClymont, of Australia¹s number one country group, The McClymonts. .

The film follows a relationship between two long-time friends, Billy (Samuel) and Lucy (Griffin) who are both in denial over their desire for each other. .

But as change beckons, they must confront their feelings amidst the backdrop of their town.s Ute Muster and annual B&S
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'Backtrack': Tribeca Review

'Backtrack': Tribeca Review
Adrien Brody sees dead people in Michael Petroni's (Till Human Voices Wake Us) derivative ghost story about a psychologist literally being haunted by the ghosts of his past. But while the Oscar-winning actor delivers a typically intense turn in this Australian thriller, the film doesn't manage to shed its overwhelming air of familiarity and obvious debt to such genre predecessors as The Sixth Sense, among countless others. Having recently received its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, Backtrack seems mainly destined for a future on VOD and late-night cable. Shrink Peter Bowers (Brody, sporting an effective Aussie

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Watch Adrien Brody In New Clip From Backtrack

Adrien Brody stars in the spine-tingling supernatural thriller Backtrack. The movie will have its World Premiere in the Midnight Section at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday, April 18.

In the film, trouble psychotherapist Peter Bowers (Adrien Brody) is suffering from nightmares and eerie visions. When he uncovers a horrifying secret that all of his patients share, he is put on a course that takes him back to the small hometown he fled years ago. There he confronts his demons and unravels a mystery 20 years in the making.

Check out the new clip.

Starring Adrien Brody, Sam Neill, Robin McLeavy, Jenni Baird, & Bruce Spence, Backtrack is written & directed by Michael Petroni.

Petroni is an AFI alumnus. After winning AFI Screenplay of the Year for Till Human Voices Wake Us, he made it into a feature starring Guy Pearce and Helena Bonham Carter. Fox 2000 is currently producing Petroni’s script Afterlife with Kevin Lima directing.
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Tribeca Exclusive: Adrien Brody Gets Freaked In Clip From Spooky 'Backtrack'

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Landing between SXSW and the Cannes Film Festival, it would be easy to overlook the Tribeca Film Festival, but that would be a mistake. The festival has developed a reputation for being the place where hidden gems are discovered, and where movies that weren't on the radar before, suddenly fly into view. One that could gain some attention is the supernatural "Backtrack," and today we have an exclusive clip from the film. Written and directed by Michael Petroni ("Till Human Voices Wake Us"), and starring Adrien Brody and Sam Neill, the story follows psychologist Peter Bower, whose life is thrown into turmoil when he discovers that the patients he has been seeing are ghosts, which leads to uncovering a terrifying secret from his past. In this exclusive clip, Peter witnesses first hand the fear that grips his clients and is appropriately spooked by what he sees. "Backtrack" will have its
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Backtrack to premiere at Tribeca

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Michael Petroni.s supernatural thriller Backtrack will have its world premiere at Tribeca Film Festival.

Shot in Australia, Backtrack follows the troubled psychotherapist Peter Bowers (Adrien Brody) who is suffering from nightmares and visions. When he discovers all his patients are ghost of people who died in an accident 20 years ago, his life is thrown into turmoil..

The film also stars Sam Neill and Bruce Spence, and is produced by Jamie Hilton, Antonia Barnard and Michael Petroni..

It is Petroni's first Australian film in over ten years, with credits including The Book Thief, The Rite and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader..

His last Australian film was the drama Till Human Voices Wake Us, starring Guy Pearce and Helena Bonham Carter, in 2002..

Backtrack will screen as one of the 40 films in the festival.s Spotlight category, and is one of 24 to have its world premiere..

The
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Matthew Modine, Claire Forlani Join ‘Three Lucias’

Matthew Modine, Claire Forlani Join ‘Three Lucias’
Hong Kong – Matthew Modine (“The Dark Knight Rises”) and Claire Forlani (“Meet Joe Black”) are to star in a Malta-set, Australian mystery drama “The Three Lucias.”

Modine (pictured) plays a man who spends an awkward Easter weekend with three women, including a daughter he did not know he had, a social recluse and a movie star.

Other cast includes Marama Corlett, Ann Cusack, Tina Rizza and Greta Holland.

The film is to be directed by Sandrine Scribberas (“Max’s Dreaming”) and produced by David Redman (“Till Human Voices Wake Us”) through his Melbourne-based Redman Entertainments.

The film has finance from the Malta Film Commission, Australian regional film-financing agency Film Victoria and by Australian-born, Berlin-based financier Felix Snow.

Production starts in November with the entire shoot in Malta.

Redman told Variety that a local distributor and international sales agent have yet to be attached.
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An insider's view of The Book Thief

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Michael Petroni is understandably chuffed by the B.O. results of The Book Thief, his adaptation of the Marcus Zusak novel- particularly in Australia. Yet he wonders how the WWII drama might have turned out if he hadn.t been asked to do multiple rewrites by the studio, Fox 2000, and the director, Downton Abbey.s Brian Percival. .My major disappointment with the rewrites was that they took out most of the magic realism that features in the book,. said Petroni, who is editing the Aussie psychological thriller Backtrack, the first film he.s directed since 2002.s Till Human Voices Wake Us. .Fox wanted a film that would appeal to families, not just adults, and Brian wanted to tell more of a straight, dramatic tale..

He is quick to add, "I am very proud of the film, people come up to me and tell me how much they loved it. On
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Female cast set for mystery drama set in Malta

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Claire Forlani, Ann Cusack and Marama Corlett have been cast as the leads in The Three Lucias, an Australian-produced mystery drama which is set and will be wholly shot in Malta.

The writer-director is Sandra Sciberras, whose parents hail from Malta. It.s her fourth feature following Max.s Dreaming, Caterpillar Wish and Surviving Georgia.

The producer is David Redman, whose credits include Charlie & Boots, Salute, Till Human Voices Wake Us, You and Your Stupid Mate and Strange Bedfellows.

The plot follows Tony, a guy with a colourful past who is about to return home with the young daughter he didn't know he had until her mother Lucia died. His daughter is reluctant to leave and forms an attachment to a movie star with her own secrets. Over three days of Easter their lives intertwine with two other women called Lucia.

Forlani (Meet Joe Black, The Rock, Basquiat) will play Silent Lucia,
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Brody, Neill Join Aussie Thriller "Backtrack"

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Adrien Brody and Sam Neill are teaming for Bankside and Madman Entertainment's thriller "Backtrack" which began production last week in Sydney, Australia.

The story follows a psychologist whose life is thrown into chaos when he discovers his patients are all ghosts of people who died in an accident twenty years prior.

Michael Petroni ("Till Human Voices Wake Us") penned and will direct the project which Jamie Hilton and Antonia Barnard are producing. Bruce Spence, Robin McLeavy, Jenni Baird and Anna Lise Phillips also star.

Filming also takes place in the Central West region of New South Wales with the shoot to wrap in mid-February.

Source: Screen
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Brody, Neill take the Backtrack

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Adrien Brody, Sam Neill, Bruce Spence, Robin McLeavy and Anna Lise Phillips are shooting Backtrack, a psychological thriller from writer-director Michael Petroni. Jamie Hilton, who is producing with Petroni, his partner in See Pictures, and Antonia Barnard, says the project was relatively easy to finance. That was due primarily to how sales agents, distributors and other financiers responded to Petroni.s screenplay, the saga of psychologist Peter Bowers who discovers his patients are the ghosts of people who died in an accident 20 years earlier. Another advantage during the financing was that Petroni.s status as a writer was rising as The Book Thief, his adaptation of the Markus Zusak novel, started shooting in Germany. Screen Australia, UK-based sales agent Bankside and Oz distributor Madman Entertainment came on board before Brody, an Oscar winner for The Pianist and who starred in Midnight in Paris and The Brothers Bloom, was attached. The other participants are Screen Nsw,
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Sam Neill & Adrien Brody Will Backtrack

Sam Neill & Adrien Brody Will Backtrack
Some moves, especially the really big ones, like to give you so much advance notice that it feels like you’re seeing imagery and trailers for decades before they arrive. Other, smaller titles usually prefer to sneak into production then put out a release. Such is the case with Australian thriller Backtrack, which is now shooting, and stars Sam Neill and Adrien Brody.Writer-director Michael Petroni has crafted a film that finds a psychologist's life thrown into chaos when he learns that his patients are all ghosts from an accident that occurred 20 years previously. Serious shades of The Sixth Sense, then, from a film that also stars Bruce Spence, Robin McLeavy, Jenni Baird and Anna Lise Phillips. Though that reference is not a big spoiler: it’s merely the jumping off point for the plot. (If his patients are ghosts, who's been paying their bills?)Petroni, who directed 2002’s Till Human Voices Wake Us,
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Adrien Brody, Sam Neill join Backtrack

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Adrien Brody, Sam Neill join Backtrack
Exclusive: Production underway on thriller sold by Bankside, distributed by Madman.

Principal photography is underway in Australia on writer-director Michael Petroni’s sophomore thriller Backtrack, starring Adrien Brody and Sam Neill (seen in this exclusive first image from the feature).

Shooting commenced in Sydney on Jan 6 and is scheduled to wrap in mid-Feb. Filming will take place in Sydney as well as the Central West region of New South Wales.

The film follows a psychologist whose life is thrown into chaos when he discovers his patients are all ghosts of people who died in an accident 20 years prior.

Jamie Hilton (The Waiting City, Sleeping Beauty) is producing for See Pictures alongside Antonia Barnard (The Painted Veil, The Quiet American) and Petroni.

UK outfit Bankside will commence sales on the thriller at the Efm in Berlin next month. Madman Entertainment will distribute in Australia and New Zealand.

The film is financed by Screen Australia, Head Gear Films
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Aussie comedy lays bare sex and secrets

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Billed by the producers as an .intelligent comedy about sex and secrets,. The Little Death starts shooting in Sydney on July 29.

Illustrating its risqué premise, the film.s title is derived from Le Petit Mort, French slang for orgasm.

The film marks the feature directing and screenwriting debut of Us-based actor Josh Lawson, a regular in the TV series House of Lies, who appears with Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and Christina Applegate in the upcoming Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.

The narrative explores the lives of five seemingly normal couples who reside in the same neighbourhood. Lawson will play a role and the other casting is being finalised.

Matt Reeder is producing for See Pictures and the investors include UK financier Head Gear, Deluxe and Red Apple Camera Rentals. This represents a new model for funding low-budget films, due to be unveiled at this month.s Miff 37ºSouth Market.
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Morning Brew - Fri. April 5: A Brazilian singer comes out, a lesbian vies for Miss South Carolina

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Morning!

This Justin Bieber manipulation is presented without comment.

BuzzFeed has a piece called "How OKCupid Helped Me Explore My Bisexuality." The writer thought she wanted a threesome, but what she wanted was to have sex with a woman.

BuzzFeed also has a piece on why Megan Rapinoe would make a great Bff. All the reasons they list could easily be in an article on why she'd make a great Gf, too.

Out lesbian Analouisa Valencia is vying for the Miss South Carolina crown. I'd love to see a Miss America with a girlfriend!

If you're watching The Voice in the UK, you might be interested in knowing that contestant Leanne Jarvis was in a 2010 lesbian vampire film called Blood Army.

Also in UK reality shows, some girl-on-girl kissing in the trailer for The Valleys.

If you have 10 minutes,
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Patti Davis: Ronald Reagan's daughter publishes lesbian novel

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Ronald Reagan's daughter Patti Davis has self-published her first book, a lesbian novel. The woman born Patricia Reagan released her new story "Till Human Voices Wake Us" on the Kindle bookstore.

This isn't Davis' first published work. She's written eight books in the past, including one about her father's battle with Alzheimer's called "The Long Goodbye." "Till Human Voices Wake Us" is getting plenty of press because it tells a lesbian love story, yet another way that Davis has set herself apart from Reagan's conservative views. Davis tells The New York Post that "none of it is autobiographical," though she has been a longtime advocate for gay rights.

The synopsis for "Till Human Voices Wake Us" reads, "In the empty days after her son's death, left alone in her grief by her husband, Isabelle Berendon falls in love with the unlikeliest person in the world: her sister-in-law." Davis wrote
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Morning Brew - Thurs. March 21: The return of "Nikki & Nora," Amanda Leigh Dunn is in the Smithsonian

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Good morning!

Two lesbian Lapd officers won a sexual harassment lawsuit against their former supervisor. They were awarded $1.25 million and the supervisor no longer works for the police department. Holla!

President Obama has nominated out attorney Elaine D. Kaplan for judge on the United States Court of Federal Claims. Werk!

Ronald Reagan's daughter Patti Davis has written a story about a woman who falls for her sister-in-law in the book Till Human Voices Wake Us. "This is not me. None of it is autobiographical,“ she told The New York Post. "I didn’t want to write ‘Fifty Shades of’ whatever. It’s a love story.”

If you were a fan of Nikki & Nora, you'll be happy to hear there's an Indiegogo campaign to get it made into a new web series.
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