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17 items from 2012


Awg announces 2013 National Screenwriters Conference line-up

25 October 2012 10:50 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

The Australian Writers. Guild (Awg) released their first line-up announcement for the biennial National Screenwriters Conference, which will take place at Mornington Peninsula in Victoria from 20-22 February 2013. Shameless creator Paul Abbott, announced as international headliner last month, will be joined by a host of industry elite including John Collee (Happy Feet, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World), Craig Pearce (The Great Gatsby, Moulin Rouge!, Romeo + Juliet, Strictly Ballroom), Stephan Elliott (The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Easy Virtue), Jacquelin Perske (Spirited, Love My Way, Little Fish, The Secret Life of Us), Keith Thompson & Tony Briggs (The Sapphires), Ian Simmons (Good News World, Good News Week, The Sideshow) and Peter Moon (Fast Forward, Full Frontal). "We bring together an unrivalled number of preeminent writers at the top of their game for the Nsc, which is a not-for-profit event. The retreat-like setting creates a hothouse of ideas, »

- Inside Film Correspondent

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Chris O’Dowd teaches The Sapphires about Soul in New Clip – ‘I’ll Take You There’

23 October 2012 2:15 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Debuting at Cannes to excellent early reviews, Wayne Blair’s The Sapphires is sure to be a big hit amongst audiences when it arrives in the UK in just a few weeks’ time – you can read our review here.

The film premiered in the UK at the BFI London Film Festival last week, where I was lucky enough to watch it, and it really is a terrific blend of music, comedy, and drama, and as Dave says in his review, it has a lot of heart, and so much soul.

Chris O’Dowd takes the lead in the brilliant 1968-set film, based on a true story, and MSN have debuted a great new clip in which he teaches his female quartet about soul.

“Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) takes centre-stage as a band manager with a penchant for whisky and a passion for soul music, who spots the sparkling talent of »

- Kenji Lloyd

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The Sapphires Hit The Lff Red Carpet

15 October 2012 10:33 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

The bfi London Film Festival was a good place to be last night if laughter, music and uplifting times are your thing - and, let's face it, whose thing aren't they? Don't answer that, Justin Lee Collins.Two uplifting dramas, one slightly more comedic than the other, took a bow on the West End red carpet. Providing soulful uplift and all-round gala glitz were Chris O'Dowd and his cast of golden larynxed songstresses The Sapphires, including Deborah Mailman of Rabbit-Proof Fence and The Secret Life Of Us fame and her three Aussie co-stars. On the other side of town, Dustin Hoffman was busy introducing his directorial debut to the UK filmgoing world. Like The Sapphires, Quartet also has a musical thrust, giving Brit thesps Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Pauline Collins and Michael Gambon the chance to pair up with Billy Connolly to make sweet music of an operatic nature. {Quartet »

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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.

Other members of the juries »

- 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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Claudia Karvan made patron of Natalie Miller Fellowship

20 August 2012 7:56 PM, PDT | Encore Magazine | See recent Encore Magazine news »

Claudia Karvan has been appointed patron of the Natalie Miller Fellowship. The fellowship awards an annual grant to one woman working in the screen industry and has a development proposal that would assist her to further her career.

The announcement:

The Natalie Miller Fellowship is proud to announce Claudia Karvan as an official Patron for the association.  The Fellowship was founded in recognition of the unique contribution of Natalie Miller Oam, an inspiring mentor and role model who continues to make an enormous contribution to film distribution, exhibition and production.

Claudia exemplifies the core philosophy of the Fellowship having significantly contributed to the Australian screen industry through her outstanding achievements across Australian & International film and television productions.

Claudia’s extensive filmography includes exceptional performances in Australian feature films such as Paperback Hero, The Heartbreak Kid and Dating the Enemy, along with the prolific characters she brought to life in beloved television series Love My Way, »

- Colin Delaney

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New ABC series sees key Secret Life of Us cast and crew reunite

1 July 2012 8:57 PM, PDT | Encore Magazine | See recent Encore Magazine news »

A new family drama series with a strong creative base from Ten’s hit series The Secret Life of Us has begun production for the ABC.

The Time of Our Lives is produced by The Secret Life’s co-creator Amanda Higgs and writer Judi McCrossin for their production company Jahm productions.

The 13×60 minute drama, which began shooting on Friday 29 June, also includes key cast and crew from the Ten series, including actors Claudia Karvan, Stephen Curry and writers Tony McNamara, Kris Mrska, Michael Miller as well as McCrossin.

Actors Justine Clarke, Shane Jacobson, William McInnes and Michelle Vergara Moore will also feature while The Strait‘s Blake Ayshford and Beaconsfield‘s script editor Ursula Cleary have also been named in the writing team.

The story revolves around the Tivoli family and the challenges they face in day to day life.

Carole Sklan, ABC TV Head of Fiction said: “It’s »

- Colin Delaney

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ABC drama The Time of Our Lives begins Melbourne shoot

1 July 2012 5:34 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

New ABC drama The Time of Our Lives, which stars Claudia Karvan, Justine Clarke, Shane Jacobson, began shooting in Melbourne on June 29.

The 13x60 minute drama series also stars William McInnes, Stephen Curry and Michelle Vergara Moore, will explore the lives of the Tivolli family as they juggle, fight, love and play their way through the challenges of contemporary family life.

The series has been created by The Secret Life of Us co-creator Amanda Higgs and writer Judi McCrossin and is being produced by their company Jahm productions for ABC TV.

The series' writers include McCrossin (Beaconsfield, The Surgeon, The Secret Life of Us), Michael Miller (Miss Fisher.s Murder Mysteries), Kris Mrksa (The Slap), Blake Ayshford (The Straits), Ursula Cleary (Beaconsfield script editor), and Tony McNamara (The Rage in Placid Lake). »

- Staff reporter

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Crime film royalty team-up for Felony: Joel Edgerton & Matthew Saville

17 May 2012 5:34 AM, PDT | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

The Square (2008) was one of the top crime films to come out in the last few years, according to this Criminal Complex uber-fan. Written by Joel Edgerton and directed by his brother, Nash, the film was a delicious blend of slow-burn noir and tension, carried by a weird kind of “emotional realism” (as the Edgerton brothers and their Blue Tongue Films brethren refer to it).

Aside from being my hero, and occasionally being in cafés that I’m in (where I have to pretend to be cool and that I totally don’t care that he’s there) Joel Edgerton has kept his hot streak going, starring in Animal Kingdom (easily one of the top films of the decade). I’ve been waiting since the The Square came out for Edgerton to write another crime flick, and it seems like my secret diary entries have finally been answered (I knew you were reading them, »

- Liam Jose

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Smith’s puts $4.5m behind Extra Crunchy ads

7 May 2012 6:29 PM, PDT | Encore Magazine | See recent Encore Magazine news »

Clemenger Bbdo Sydney has launched a $4.5m campaign to launch Smith’s Extra Crunchy chips.

The campaign stars The Secret Life of Us, Spicks and Specks and Talkin’ ’bout Your Generation actor Stephen Curry.

The ad was directed by Dave Klaiber from Plaza Films.

Jenni Dill, Smith’s marketing director, said: “Our $4.5 million launch investment will promote rapid awareness and trial and drive category growth. When it comes to the crunch, we know our consumers will love new Smith’s Extra Crunchy potato chips.”

Credits:

PepsiCo

Marketing Director: Jenni Dill

Marketing Director – Core Brands: Robyn Quinn

Senior Brand Manager: Jamie Bruce

Clemenger Bbdo

Ecd: Paul Nagy, Mike Spirkovski

Head of Art: Michael Dole

Head of Craft: Tim McPherson

Copywriter / Art Director: Michael Dawson, Josh Braithwaite, Seb Vizor

Group Account Director: Madeleine Marsh

Senior Account Director: Anna Walters

Senior Account Manager: Smaran Jworchan

Account Executive: Jill Cummins

Head of Planning: Matt Walters »

- Robin Hicks

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Puberty Blues cast revealed

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

Ten has revealed a big name cast for its Cronulla period drama Puberty Blues.

Many of the actors have worked with the Southern Star production team on previous shows. The producers of the series – which will go beyond the book Puberty Blues and potentially leave the door open for ten to do further series – will be Imogen Banks and John Edwards. Filming for the current series of Offspring has just wrapped.   

The cast includes Claudia Karvan (The Secret Life of us, Love My Way, Spirited), Jeremy Lindsay Taylor (Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms, Underbelly), Susie Porter (Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms, East West 101), Dan Wyllie (Love my Way, Animal Kingdom), Susan Prior (All Saints, Animal Kingdom), Rodger Corser (Rush, Underbelly, Spirited), Ashleigh Cummings (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Tomorrow When the War Began), Brenna Harding (Packed to the Rafters, My Place), Sean Keenan, Ed Oxenbould, Charlotte Best, Katie Wall, »

- mumbrella

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Cherie Nowlan to direct Mistresses on ABC

6 March 2012 9:12 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

The first episode of ABC's Mistresses to be be helmed by Cherie Nowlan of Gossip Girl. Australian director Cherie Nowlan is set to helm episode one of ABC's series Mistresses, reports Variety. Produced by ABC Studios, the show is created by K.J. Steinberg (The Nine) and based on a U.K. format following four women and their scandalous love lives, leading to self-discovery, secrecy and betrayal. Bob Sertner and Douglas Raue of Ecosse Films executive produce Mistresses with Steinberg. Nowlan's previous TV credits at the helm include The Secret Life of Us, The Alice, Packed to the Rafters »

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Cherie Nowlan to direct Mistresses on ABC

6 March 2012 9:12 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

The first episode of ABC's Mistresses to be be helmed by Cherie Nowlan of Gossip Girl. Australian director Cherie Nowlan is set to helm episode one of ABC's series Mistresses, reports Variety. Produced by ABC Studios, the show is created by K.J. Steinberg (The Nine) and based on a U.K. format following four women and their scandalous love lives, leading to self-discovery, secrecy and betrayal. Bob Sertner and Douglas Raue of Ecosse Films executive produce Mistresses with Steinberg. Nowlan's previous TV credits at the helm include The Secret Life of Us, The Alice, Packed to the Rafters »

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Cherie Nowlan to direct Mistresses on ABC

6 March 2012 9:12 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

The first episode of ABC's Mistresses to be be helmed by Cherie Nowlan of Gossip Girl. Australian director Cherie Nowlan is set to helm episode one of ABC's series Mistresses, reports Variety. Produced by ABC Studios, the show is created by K.J. Steinberg (The Nine) and based on a U.K. format following four women and their scandalous love lives, leading to self-discovery, secrecy and betrayal. Bob Sertner and Douglas Raue of Ecosse Films executive produce Mistresses with Steinberg. Nowlan's previous TV credits at the helm include The Secret Life of Us, The Alice, Packed to the Rafters »

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'Offspring', 'Secret Life of Us' producer joins Aussie TV racism row

1 March 2012 8:39 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The Secret Life of Us and Offspring's producer John Edwards has joined the TV racism debate in Australia. Samoan actor Jay Laga'aia recently claimed that he was axed from Home and Away because of his race, while The Straits' Firass Dirani claimed that most Aussie TV networks do not "create roles for people from a broad range of cultural backgrounds". Although the Seven Network labelled Laga'aia's comments as "offensive" and "insulting", the discussion has gone into overdrive as various other stars have joined the debate. Edwards told The Age that he cast indigenous actress Deborah Mailman in both of his shows (more) »

- By Rebecca Davies

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Significant 7: Television creatives

16 February 2012 8:09 PM, PST | Encore Magazine | See recent Encore Magazine news »

From drama to reality and factual – meet the production house powerhouses responsible for Australia’s greatest television.

Andrew Denton

Owner/ Creative guy

Zapruder’s Other Films
The Gruen Transfer, Hungry Beast, Country Town Rescue, Randling

With producers Anita Jacoby and Peter Thompson, Andrew Denton’s Zapruder’s Other Films is known for intelligent and often funny television.

Denton came to prominence as the host of ABC’s 1988 comedy show Blah Blah Blah and was quick to get involved behind the scenes. His first executive producing credit came in 2001 when he gave The Chaser team their break with The Election Chaser.

Denton is responsible for adland favourite The Gruen Transfer, with five series including Gruen Planet and Nation under its belt. The show is one of the ABC’s highest rating formats attracting international interest.

Denton’s great skill is fostering young talent with his 2008 Project Next experiment resulting in Hungry Beast. »

- Colin Delaney

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The Straits debuts with a weak 600,000

2 February 2012 6:54 PM, PST | Encore Magazine | See recent Encore Magazine news »

ABC’s new series The Straits has had a slow ratings start to its ten episode run.

Produced by Matchbox Pictures, producers of last year’s success The Slap, The Straits movie length premiere averaged 599,000, peaking at 696,000 viewers last night, according to preliminary ratings by Oztam.

Matchbox Pictures’ creative director Penny Chapman spoke to Encore in January: “It’s the violence and the black humour that is going to make this pretty special. I’ve not made a show like this – maybe blue murder but the Straits’ humour is quite enjoyable. Young men respond to it strongly. It’s a real blokes show. And for the ABC that’s great because young men don’t watch the ABC.”

The Straits is based on an idea by Aaron Fa’aoso which has been developed by a team of writers, including: AFI winning Louis Nowra (Cosi, K-19: The Widowmaker, Radiance); Blake Ayshford (Crownies, »

- Colin Delaney

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