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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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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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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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