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“Somersault” Director Cate Shortland Has a Miniseries in the Works

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Australian filmmaker Cate Shortland is returning to the small screen. The “Somersault” and “Lore” director is working on an eight-part miniseries for Matchbox Pictures, The Playlist reports. Her previous TV credits include episodes of “The Secret Life of Us,” “Bad Cop, Bad Cop,” and the TV movie “The Silence.” Now she’ll take on “The Monaro.”

Set in the 1830s and based on a true crime case, the miniseries will center on six women. Shortland will shoot in Monaro, a region in the south of New South Wales, Australia that served as the location for 2004’s “Somersault,” her debut feature. “It’s one of my favorite places in the world to shoot so I wanted to do something again there,” she told If. The idea for the miniseries has been gestating for quite some time: Shortland first conceived the story in film school. The project is expected to begin filming this winter in Australia, or summer in the U.S.

Shortland is working on the script for “The Monaro” with a team of writers.

Berlin Syndrome,” Shortland’s latest film, made its world premiere at Sundance this year. The thriller stars Teresa Palmer (“Lights Out”) as an Australian photojournalist traveling in Berlin. Her intense romance with a local man (Max Riemelt, “Sense8”) turns into a nightmare when she realizes that he’s holding her captive. The film will open in theaters and stream on Netflix sometime this year.

When we asked Shortland her advice for other women directors, she said, “I think that what was the best thing for me was that I never considered myself different. I just worked in the same way and I fought for my films. I didn’t have to fight to be a female filmmaker; I just had to fight to make my films,” she explained. “But I think I come from a country where I’m very fortunate. I don’t think if you are from the Middle East or some parts of Europe, maybe even North America, you have that same opportunity. I think also working with other women helps. When women get together and support each other that really helps because that has been the history of our industry in Australia.”

Australia recently unveiled two new initiatives to support female filmmakers: Screen Australia introduced Doco180 for documentary filmmakers, and the National Film Board is pushing for more women in creatives roles in film.

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Cate Shortland To Direct 8-Part TV Miniseries ‘The Monaro’

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While Cate Shortland came on our radar with 2004’s “Somersault,” she had a healthy TV career prior to that, helming episodes of “The Secret Life Of Us” and “Bad Cop, Bad Cop.” And between “Somersault” and her 2012’s feature “Lore,” she helmed the TV movie “The Silence.” Now, she’s set to embark on her biggest small screen effort yet.

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Cate Shortland preps eight-parter 'The Monaro', set in 1830s, for Matchbox

Cate Shortland on the set of 'Berlin Syndrome'.

Berlin Syndrome filmmaker Cate Shortland is prepping an eight-part series for Matchbox Pictures.

Titled The Monaro, the series will focus on six women in the 1830s and is based on a true crime case, the director told If.

Shortland will shoot in the titular region, east of the Snowy Mountains, where she also shot her debut feature, Somersault.

.It.s one of my favourite places in the world to shoot so I wanted to do something again there,. the helmer said..

Shortland is an experienced writer for TV, having written episodes of The Slap, Devil.s Playground, Deadline Gallipoli and The Kettering Incident, but this will mark the first series she has directed since The Secret Life of Us in 2003.

She also helmed TV movie The Silence, starring Richard Roxburgh and co-written by Picnic at Hanging Rock.s Alice Addison,
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Cate Shortland’s ‘Berlin Syndrome’ Starring Teresa Palmer Is An Unbearably Intense, Slow Burn Thriller [Sundance Review]

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Berlin Syndrome” is a different kind of serial-killer thriller: one that slows the predator/prey process down in order to focus on the clinical and psychological details. Imagine a version of “The Silence Of The Lambs” that’s entirely about Buffalo Bill and Catherine Martin, the woman he traps in his pit. More importantly, imagine if the post-‘Lambs’ wave of movies about murderous madmen cared more about the would-be victims than their tormentors.

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Venice Film Review: ‘Hounds of Love’

Venice Film Review: ‘Hounds of Love’
An outwardly normal suburban Perth couple who abduct, torture, and murder schoolgirls must face their funny games in debuting writer-director Ben Young’s genre-bending powerhouse thriller “Hounds of Love.” Brave audiences will be rewarded, if that’s the word, with a harrowing ride that morphs from discrete horror to probing character study and back again in a vivid yet admirably restrained 108 minutes. Look for strong word-of-mouth — both for and against — to propel this beyond festivals to specialized play.

It’s Christmastime 1987 in the sun-baked western Australian city as Evelyn and John White (Emma Booth, Stephen Curry) brutalize and kill a teenager in a discretely photographed sequence that reveals little blood but a chilling routine. They cruise the neighborhood, offer the victim a ride, then chain her in the guest room of their nondescript tract house. When they’re finished, John buries the body in a nearby wood while Evelyn enjoys a mid-afternoon nap.
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Film Review: Joel Edgerton’s Directorial Debut ‘The Gift’ Shows Psychological Thriller Promise

Chicago – Of the various genres of films, the psychological thriller is one of my holy grails. A story that highlights the psychology of its characters and their wobbly emotional states, few modern filmmakers dare to compete with the masterminds – Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, David Lynch and more recently David Fincher and Darren Aronofsky – or fail when trying to.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

Kubrick’s “Eyes Wide Shut,” Lynch’s “Blue Velvet” and Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” – along with films like “The Silence of the Lambs,” “Se7en,” “Jacob’s Ladder,” “Pi,” “The Shining,” “Memento,” “The Sixth Sense,” “Misery” and “The Usual Suspects” – do the genre true justice. Fast forward to today, though, when we ask ourselves: Who is Joel Edgerton?

He’s an Australian actor – yes, an actor and not a writer or director (until now) – who you may or may not know. He’s on the poster for 2011’s “Warrior” with Tom Hardy and
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Tiff: "Lore", Australia's Formidable Oscar Contender

Toronto International Film Festival. Glenn is in Australia but he's seen Monday's premiere "Lore".

Australia isn’t a regular player in the Academy’s annual game of Best Foreign Language Film. We’ve only submitted five films prior to 2012: Clara Law’s Floating Life (1996), which I have never seen; Steve JacobsLa Spagnola (2001), which is fun, if slight, immigrant comedy; Rolf de Heer’s Ten Canoes (2006) a fabulous film that was the first ever filmed in native Aboriginal dialects; Tony AyresThe Home Song Stories (2007), which features an incredible performance by Joan Chen; and Samson & Delilah (2009), Warwick Thornton’s groundbreaking indigenous drama about two teens escaping their remote lives only to stumble upon tragedy at every turn. Thornton’s film was the closest Australia has ever come to snagging a nomination, having managed to find a spot on the nine-wide shortlist. As great as that film was, however, its
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Cate Shortland's New Film Begins Shooting In Germany

Cate Shortland's New Film Begins Shooting In Germany
After impressing audiences with the quietly devastating Somersault in 2004, Cate Shortland (pictured) followed up that effort with the 2006 ABC TV telemovie The Silence, starring Richard Roxburgh and Emily Barclay. After quite the absence, Shortland's now back behind the camera, however, with a new film that has just begun shooting in Germany.   The film is called Lore and it's a co-production with Germany (and UK participation), based on Rachel Seiffert's Booker-nominated novel, The Dark Room, which explores the dark terrain of Nazi-ruled Germany and the Holocaust.   Adapted for the screen by Shortland and British writer Robin Mukherjee, the film is set in the spring of 1945 as the German front collapses and the Allied forces take control.
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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Six

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The Hangover: Part Two

Opens: May 26th 2011

Cast: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifinakis, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong

Director: Todd Phillips

Summary: Phil, Stu, Alan and Doug travel to exotic Thailand for Stu’s wedding. After the unforgettable bachelor party in Las Vegas, Stu is taking no chances and has opted for a safe, subdued pre-wedding brunch. However, things don’t always go as planned.

Analysis: It really wasn't until about three months before its release that Warner Brothers realised "The Hangover" was going to be a hit. Test screening response was through the roof, while the trailer had great reaction after premiering at ShoWest and online. About that time they commissioned director Todd Phillips, along with his "Old School" and "Road Trip" scribe Scot Armstrong, to pen a sequel. Yet they still waited to see how the first one went before fully committing to the follow-up.

The wait didn't last long.
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The Silence

The Silence
SYDNEY -- A single crime-scene snapshot paints 1,000 dreadful words, and The Silence expertly taps into the mysterious allure of a vintage photo collection to tell the story of a traumatized cop's redemption.

The enduring fascination with police procedurals guarantees this moody Australian mystery an audience, and an artful mounting by the team behind the coming-of-age drama Somersault broadens its appeal beyond the "Law & Order" fan club.

Originally made as a two-part TV drama for Australia's public broadcaster, the ABC, Toronto is screening a feature-length version that will air on pay TV in Australia this year.

As with the dreamy Somersault, director Cate Shortland uses textured visuals and a varied palette to articulate the characters' feelings for them -- particularly useful for Detective Richard Treloar, who is gagged by the twin traits of being male and a cop.

The female perspective -- the screenwriters and producer also are women -- means Silence is just as much about the trouble Richard has communicating his inner torment as it is about solving the 40-year-old murder that anchors the elaborate plot.

Richard Roxburgh is superb as the repressed detective, whose life started to unravel the moment he failed to stop the fatal shooting of a female informant. Suspended from active duty, he now is working at the police museum, curating an exhibition of crime scene photography from the 1960s.

He seems at ease with the mute, two-dimensional nature of the dead-eyed stares and blood-spattered corpses that surround him, and soon becomes intrigued by a dark-haired beauty who repeatedly crops up in the background of a series of crime scenes.

Curiosity turns to obsession when he comes across a picture of her murdered body laid out on a Sydney Harbor wharf and he launches his own investigation into the cold case.

As he begins to spend more time with the dead, he pushes the living away, particularly his girlfriend and fellow cop, Helen (Alice McConnell), and a clumsy but compassionate police psychologist named Juliet (Essie Davis), assigned to counsel him back to mental health.

When his No. 1 suspect -- a retired cop and boxer (Tony Barry) -- turns up dead and Richard is hauled before his former colleagues in the homicide squad, his quest to tie the past to the present takes on a new urgency.

Shortland and her Somersault cinematographer Robert Humphreys have created a fractured world that mirrors Richard's crumbling psyche. Black and white photos seem to watch from every corner, little noir dramas from the city's past. The banality of the details belies the horror of the crimes. So it is with the familiar streetscapes through which Richard wanders, visions of the mysterious woman in the blue silk dress haunting the edges of the frame.

The atmospheric visuals are grounded by naturalistic performances, including a standout turn by Emily Barclay (who stars in Suburban Mayhem, also in Toronto) as Richard's smart-mouthed young assistant.

Beyond the densely plotted whodunit, Silence plays as an empathetic look at the way men construct layers of barricades to hide emotional pain. Even as the strands of the murder mystery are tied together in a too-neat bow, thanks to Roxburgh's raw vulnerability the final moments are heart-breaking.


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The Australian Broadcasting Corp. and Film Finance Corporation Australia present a Jan Chapman Films production


Director: Cate Shortland

Screenwriters: Alice Addison, Mary Walsh

Producer: Jan Chapman

Executive producers: Miranda Dear, Scott Meek

Director of photography: Robert Humphreys

Production designer: Melinda Doring

Music: Anthony Partos

Co-producer: Anthony Anderson

Costume designer: Emily Seresin

Editor: Scott Gray


Richard: Richard Roxburgh

Juliet: Essie Davis

Helen: Alice McConnell

Evelyn: Emily Barclay

No MPAA rating

Running time -- 104 minutes

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