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'Cleverman' season 2 ‘bolder, bigger', says Blight

Hunter Page Lochard in 'Cleverman' season two..

When Goalpost Pictures. Rosemary Blight visited Weta Worksop in Wellington to discuss ideas for the new world in Cleverman season 2, the firm.s founder Sir Richard Taylor had an inspired suggestion.

.Let.s create an iconic Hairy that no one will ever forget,. Taylor said. To play the character named Jarli the Bindawu warrior, the producers cast Clarence Ryan, who first worked for Goalpost as a teenager in the children.s series Lockie Leonard 10 years ago. He played Egg, Lockie.s best friend.

Jarli is one of several new characters which make the sequel .bolder, even bigger and better and more compelling as we put the characters under even more pressure,. Blight told If.

Directed by Wayne Blair and Leah Purcell, the six-part futuristic sci-fi drama co-produced by Goalpost and New Zealand.s Pukeko Pictures premieres at 9.30 pm on June 29 on the ABC and at 10 pm on June 28 on Sundance TV in the Us..

The story picks up with the destruction of the Zone and the Hairy people splitting up as they hide around the city in fear for their lives. Koen (Hunter Page-Lochard), the chosen Cleverman, sets out to harness his powers in hopes of bringing all the cultures together..

His half-brother Waruu (Rob Collins) shares the same vision but his methods are dubious. For Koen to realize his mission, he must defeat Waruu and the full force of the government..

The writers are Jane Allen, Stuart Page, Justine Juel Gillmer, the series creator Ryan Griffen and Jada Alberts.

Among the new characters, Luke Ford plays Dolan, who forms a relationship with Nerida (Alberts), while Taylor Ferguson (Strangerland) is Audie. Blight predicts Ferguson is destined to become a star in the Us.

The ensemble cast includes Iain Glen (Game of Thrones), Frances O.Connor (The Missing), Deborah Mailman (Offspring) and Rachael Blake (Rake). Weta created all the Hairies in the new world and the props they use.

For viewers who missed the first series, it is now screening on ABC iview and the sequel will include a recap..

ABC head of scripted production Sally Riley said, .The Cleverman world expands in this thrilling second season introducing new characters and deepening relationships with our established characters. It.s an exciting ride for new and returning audiences..

Blight is happy with the 9.30 timeslot, noting that the target audience is rather younger than traditional ABC viewers, who often watch shows on their mobile phones, tablets and on catch-up.

BBC3 and Tvnz are on board again and the international distributor Red Arrow International has sold the series to a raft of other territories including Germany, Canada and South Africa. Now there are 12 episodes it will be easier to sell to the remaining markets.

The producers screened the first two episodes at the Sydney Film Festival and were gratified when audience members said they wanted to see more.

Will there be a Cleverman 3? Blight said: .We are heading into the writers. room for early development of season 3 in the next couple of weeks. We are going into the room to discover what the underlying theme would be..
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The slow death of Australian children’s TV drama

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Ebonnie Masini and Rian McLean in 'Round the Twist' (1989), Australian Children's Television Foundation

Australian children.s TV may have recently picked up an Emmy Kids award for the Abcme animation Doodles, but otherwise kids. TV in this country is in a dire state.

Free-to-air TV networks have to commission certain amounts of children.s programs each year. But in recent years there.s been a dismaying lack of new live action shows, or recognisably Australian content. Instead, local children.s TV has become dominated by animation with little sense of place.

This is a shame, because Australia.s most fondly remembered children.s TV shows are live action productions such as Mortified, Playschool, Blue Water High, and Round the Twist. When asked in a 2015 survey to name their favourite childhood TV characters, most people chose Round the Twist siblings Linda and Bronson, followed by Mortified.s Taylor Fry.
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Spa and Meaa back Greens campaign to #SaveKidsTV

'Mako Mermaids' (photo courtesy of Jonathan M. Shiff Productions).

The Australian Greens have launched a campaign to support local children.s television, arguing the government should strengthen the requirements on commercial broadcasters to produce and air such content.

Launched yesterday, the #SaveKidsTV campaign has been backed by Screen Producers Australia and the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (Meaa)..

The Greens. arts and youth spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, said Aussie children.s television was .in a fight for its life...

.Children.s television has played a crucial role in our country and the development of young Australians for generations, but the media landscape is undoubtedly shifting..

.New players like Netflix and Stan have changed the way that all of us, including young people, consume media and they can't be allowed to leave children.s TV behind..

.In an ever-connected and global world, our children need safe places where they can
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Wamg Giveaway – Win the Hard Target 2 Blu-ray

The danger is real. Would you survive the hunt?

The danger is real. Would you survive the hunt?

A disgraced mixed martial artist is forced into a deadly game of cat and mouse in the jungles of Thailand in Hard Target 2, which debuted on Blu-ray™ combo pack, DVD and Digital HD on September 6, 2016, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. A hard-driving action-thriller, the Universal 1440 Entertainment original production includes Director’s Commentary as well as over 20 minutes of exclusive bonus features that take the audience behind the scenes of the ultimate manhunt.

Now you can own the new Hard Target 2 Blu-ray. We Are Movie Geeks has four copies to give away. All you have to do is a leave a comment below and answer this question: What is you favorite movie with the word ‘Hard’ in the title? (mine is Hard Times). It’s so easy. Well be picking the winners next week.
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Hard Target 2 On Blu-ray and DVD September 6

The danger is real. Would you survive the hunt?

A disgraced mixed martial artist is forced into a deadly game of cat and mouse in the jungles of Thailand in Hard Target 2, debuting on Blu-ray™ combo pack, DVD and Digital HD on September 6, 2016, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. A hard-driving action-thriller, the Universal 1440 Entertainment original production includes Director’s Commentary as well as over 20 minutes of exclusive bonus features that take the audience behind the scenes of the ultimate manhunt.

Global action star Scott Adkins (The Bourne Ultimatum, The Expendables 2) heads up an international cast alongside Robert Knepper (“Prison Break,” Hitman), Rhona Mitra (Shooter, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans), Ann Truong (“Sonnigsburg,” “Neighbours”), Temuera Morrison (Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, Green Lantern), Adam Saunders (“Blue Water High,” A Heartbeat Away), Jamie Timony (The Hunter, The Eye of the Storm), Peter Hardy (Chopper, “Sweat”), Sean Keenan (“Lockie Leonard,
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Bryan Brown leads Kriv Stenders' Australia Day, shooting Aug 22 in Brisbane

Kriv Stenders.

Kriv Stenders is set to direct new feature Australia Day, produced by Foxtel and Hoodlum, led by Bryan Brown and written by Stephen M. Irwin (Secrets & Lies).

Due to start shooting in Brisbane on August 22, the film will also star Shari Sebbens (The Sapphires, The Gods of Wheat Street), Sean Keenan (Lockie Leonard, Glitch), Matthew Le Nevez (The Kettering Incident, Offspring), Jenny Wu, Daniel Webber, Elias Anton, Isabelle Cornish and Phoenix Raei..

Speaking to If, Foxtel's Head of Drama Penny Win described the feature, set in Brisbane over 12 hours, as "the other side of Australia Day".

"It.s been with us for two or three years, long before the current topical discussion of racism in Australia. It.s showing Australia Day from the other side. It.s about an Australian farmer, a Chinese illegal immigrant, a Persian family and an Indigenous girl. The structure of it is very like [2004 Oscar winner] Crash.
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We Were Here and Flushed scoop Wasa nominations

The Legend of Gavin Tanner.

We Were Here and Flushed have scooped the nominations for the West Australian Screen Awards.

The West Australian Screen Awards celebraes excellence and achievements in feature film, short film, web series, music videos, television production, documentary, games and interactive productions.

Short drama We Were Here, directed by David Vincent Smith and produced by Joshua Gilbert and Simon Camp, earned six nominations, the most for the awards.

Short comedy Flushed, directed and produced by Richard Eames, also received six nominations.

ABC comedy TV series The Legend of Gavin Tanner, written and directed by Matt Lovkis and Henry Inglis and produced by Lauren Elliott received five nominations, as did short drama Sol Bunker, produced by Glen Stasiuk and directed by Nathan Mewett.

Film and Television Institute Wa (Fti) chief executive, Paul Bodlovich, said the WASAs were one of the most important events on the cultural calendar in Western Australia.
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Aussie actors Olivia DeJonge and Chanel Marriot face off in 'Kids' Oscars'

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Chanel Marriott.

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Two young Australian actors are set to battle it out at the 37th Annual Young Artist Awards, or 'kiddie Oscars', after both were nomainted for Best Performance in a Feature Film..

Perth actress, Chanel Marriott, 20, has been nominated for Best Performance in a Feature Film for her portrayal of Alison in the controversial pro-life drama, Alison's Choice.

While fellow West Australian Olivia DeJonge has also recieved a nomination for her performance in M. Night Shyamalan's The Visit. .

The Young Artist Awards are regarded as young Hollywood's answer to the Academy Awards, recognising children for their work within the entertainment industry..

Previous winners include Scarlett Johansson, Emma Watson, Elijah Wood, Chloe Grace Moretz, Dakota Fanning, Haley Joel Osment, Miley Cyrus, Jaden Smith, Patrick Dempsey, and Christian Bale to name a small few.

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Olivia DeJonge.

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This will be Chanel's fourth consecutive nomination - her first in the feature film category.
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Aussie actors Olivia DeJonge and Chanel Marriot face off in 'Kiddie Oscars'

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Chanel Marriott.

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Two young Australian actors are set to battle it out at the 37th Annual Young Artist Awards, or 'kiddie Oscars', after both were nomainted for Best Performance in a Feature Film..

Perth actress, Chanel Marriott, 20, has been nominated for Best Performance in a Feature Film for her portrayal of Alison in the controversial pro-life drama, Alison's Choice.

While fellow West Australian Olivia DeJonge has also recieved a nomination for her performance in M. Night Shyamalan's The Visit. .

The Young Artist Awards are regarded as young Hollywood's answer to the Academy Awards, recognising children for their work within the entertainment industry..

Previous winners include Scarlett Johansson, Emma Watson, Elijah Wood, Chloe Grace Moretz, Dakota Fanning, Haley Joel Osment, Miley Cyrus, Jaden Smith, Patrick Dempsey, and Christian Bale to name a small few.

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Olivia DeJonge.

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This will be Chanel's fourth consecutive nomination - her first in the feature film category.
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German national free-to-air channel buys Lockie Leonard

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The Australian Children.s Television Foundation has sold award winning live-action children.s comedy/drama series Lockie Leonard .to Bayerischer Rundfunk and Ard in Germany.

Series 1 and 2 will screen on Germany.s national free-to-air children.s channel KiKA and Ard channel Das Erste.

Actf chief executive, Jenny Buckland, said she was thrilled that Lockie Leonard had found a home on KiKA and Ard..

"we can.t wait to see how German audiences respond to this warm and funny show which brings real boys and all their lovable foibles to life," she said.

Currently being dubbed into the German language in Berlin, Lockie Leonard, produced by Goalpost Pictures, is based on the much-loved Tim Winton books and set against the backdrop of the spectacular surfing coast of southern Western Australia..

The series follows Lockie as he navigates his way through young love, his caring but definitely odd family, his attempts to reach for the stars,
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Alexa Junge headlines National Screenwriters' Conference

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Us writer, producer and showrunner Alexa Junge has been a writer or producer on Friends, Sex and the City, West Wing and United States of Tara.

Next year she will be one of the international headline guests at the 2016 National Screenwriters' Conference, Australia's premier gathering of film and television writers.

Junge has been an important figure in the screenwriting industry for two decades and is now leading the charge into online entertainment with projects including Netflix.s Emmy-nominated Grace and Frankie starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Martin Sheen.

The conference at Phillip Island in Victoria from 9-11 March next year will bring together screenwriters from around Australia together with international speakers and other industry luminaries from around the world.

Awg executive director, Jacqueline Elaine, said Nsc 2016 would be one of the major film and television industry events of the year and a must-attend for professional and aspiring screenwriters and
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Beyond returns to drama after 11 years

Veteran writer and executive producer David Ogilvy has been appointed head of Beyond.s new scripted drama division, marking the company's return to the genre after 11 years.

The former ABC executive will develop scripted content across a broad range of genres for local and international markets, working with emerging and established writing, directing and producing talent.

Beyond's last drama series was Stingers, which wrapped production in 2004 after eight seasons on the Nine Network.

Ogilvy joins from ABC TV where he was commissioning editor of fiction since 2012. His credits as Ep at the ABC include The Code, Rake, Anzac Girls, Janet King, Hiding, Mabo, An Accidental Soldier, Paper Giants: Magazine Wars and The Straits.

Previously he worked as a writer and script producer on a broad range of adult and children.s drama.. His writing credits include East West 101, The Strip, Young Lions, Lockie Leonard, Dance Academy, Outriders, Blue Water High and Escape from Jupiter.
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Awgie wins for The Water Diviner

Andrew Anastasios and Andrew Knight.s The Water Diviner won the top prize and the gong for best original feature at the 2015 Awgie Awards.

It was the first time a feature collected the Australian Writers' Guild's Major Award and the gong for original feature since 2012 when Tony Briggs and Keith Thompson won with The Sapphires.

The prize for feature film adaptation was shared by Brendan Cowell for Scarlett Productions'. Ruben Guthrie and Tommy Murphy for Matchbox Pictures' Holding the Man.

Matchbox and Full Clip.s Deadline Gallipoli was named best original TV miniseries, acknowledging the work of writers Jacquelin Perske (also script producer), Stuart Beattie, Shaun Grant and Cate Shortland.

FremantleMedia.s Wentworth Season 3, Episode 3 The Governor.s Pleasure by Stuart Page shared the TV series award with Endemol Australia.s Offspring Episode 511 by Michael Lucas. Jan Sardi and Mac Gudgeon took the award for best miniseries adaptation for
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Cleverman breaks new ground for original drama

Game of Thrones. Iain Glen, Frances O.Connor, Deborah Mailman, Hunter Page-Lochard, Rob Collins and Ryan Corr are shooting Cleverman, an innovative six-part futuristic action drama for ABC-tv.

Based on an original concept by Ryan Griffen, the plot follows a group of non-humans who are battling for survival in a world where humans feel increasingly inferior and want to silence, exploit and kill them.

The protagonists are two estranged Indigenous brothers (Page-Lochard and Collins), who are forced together to fight for their own survival. Otherworldly dreaming creatures also emerge into this .real world. dystopian landscape.

Commissioned by ABC-tv's Indigenous department, the series is an Australian/New Zealand co-production between Goalpost Pictures and Pukeko Pictures.

The Sapphires. Wayne Blair is lead director with Leah Purcell also directing. Blair recently completed Us thriller Septembers of Shiraz, which tells the true story of a secular Jewish family caught in the Islamic revolution in Iran,
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Grace secures Beatles rights

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Grace secures Beatles rights
Filmmaker Josh Wakely’s Australia and Us-based production company Grace has acquired world rights from Sony/Atv Music Publishing to the Beatles’ music catalogue for the animation series.

The deal follows a presentation by Wakely that Sony/Atv managing director Damian Trotter described as “too good to pass up”.

Wakely conceived of the animated series designed for children that uses original storylines interwoven with The Beatles songs to tell the story of young bugs in a magical, overgrown backyard.

“The idea emerged out of a deep love and respect for The Beatle’s music and a desire to create a timeless program that could be enjoyed as much by young children as their parents,” said Wakely.

The former writer on BAFTA-nominated Australian family series Lockie Leonard is also developing a series of features including Born To Run and musical rom-com Mixtape.

CAA and Hirsch, Wallerstein, Hayum, Matlof & Fishman represent Beat Bugs and are in talks with animation
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Grace secures Beatles rights for Beat Bugs

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Grace secures Beatles rights for Beat Bugs
Filmmaker Josh Wakely’s Australia and Us-based production company Grace has acquired world rights from Sony/Atv Music Publishing to the Beatles’ music catalogue for the animation series.

The deal follows a presentation by Wakely that Sony/Atv managing director Damian Trotter described as “too good to pass up.”

Wakely conceived of the animated series designed for children that uses original storylines interwoven with The Beatles songs to tell the story of young bugs in a magical, overgrown backyard.

“The idea emerged out of a deep love and respect for The Beatle’s music and a desire to create a timeless program that could be enjoyed as much by young children as their parents,” said Wakely.

The former writer on BAFTA-nominated Australian family series Lockie Leonard is also developing a series of features including Born To Run and musical rom-com Mixtape.

CAA and Hirsch, Wallerstein, Hayum, Matlof & Fishman represent Beat Bugs and are in talks with animation
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Wa film Drift named best narrative feature in Puerto Rico

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West Australian surf film Drift has been judged best narrative feature at the Rincon International Film Festival held in Puerto Rico.

The film, starring Myles Pollard, Xavier Samuel and Sam Worthington, beat hundreds of other features to claim the title..

Drift tells the story of the Kelly brothers (Pollard and Xavier) who start up their own surf-wear business in a small coastal Wa town in the 60s and 70s..

The film screened during the week-long film festival to an audience of over 500, with producer Tim Duffy in attendance to participate in a Q&A session afterwards..

Leading actors Pollard, Xavier and Worthington will be in Perth this Friday to take part in similar Q&A events, for which the tickets to the first session have already sold out..

Pollard and Worthington both hail from Western Australia, as do many of the other supporting cast, including actors Greg McNeill (The Circuit,
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Foreshadow begins principal photography

Principal photography has begun in Perth on a supernatural thriller, Foreshadow.

The film is produced by Estelle Buzzard’s Buzz Productions in partnership with Movierockets Entertainment and is directed by Carmelo Musca, written by Kris Lippert.

The shoot will run through until Friday 1 March.

The announcement:

Buzz Productions, in partnership with Movierockets Entertainment, today commenced principal photography in Perth, on its supernatural thriller Foreshadow.

Foreshadow tells the story of Jesse Milton (Justin Burford) who is living the high life – money, surf and a never-ending supply of hot dates – until he discovers his latest blonde bombshell dead. When the coroner rules out foul play and the police close their investigation, Jesse decides to go after the killer himself.

The predominantly Western Australian cast is led by Aria and Broadway Australia award winner Justin Burford (Rock of Ages), and two-time Logie nominee Myles Pollard (Drift, The Turning, McLeod’s Daughters).

They are supported by Andrea Addison (Raven,
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Principal photography commences on Foreshadow

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Principal photography on supernatural thriller Foreshadow has kicked off today in Perth. Starring Justin Burford (Rock of Ages) and Myles Pollard (Drift, The Turning) Foreshadow follows eternal bachelor Jesse Milton (Burford) whose too-good-to-be-true life is turned on its head when his latest girlfriend is discovered dead. Convinced she was murdered, Jesse sets out to find the killer himself, and comes up against demonic forces in the process. It is Burford.s first feature film role, though the pop star.s acting talents have been recognised in his turn in Rock of Ages, for which he gained five-star reviews. Joining Burford and Pollard in the cast are Andrea Addison (Raven, Bitter Art, Two Fists, One Heart), Ben Mortley (Drift, Lantana, Home and Away, McLeod.s Daughters), Ben Purser (Bitter Art, Underbelly), James Hagan (Little Sparrows, Needle, The Great Mint Swindle), Melanie Lyons (Little Sparrows, Cloudstreet, Lockie Leonard), Tawni Bryant (The Slap), Sam Devenport,
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Peter Rowe replaces Erica Smyth as ScreenWest chair

Peter Rowe is to chair West Australia’s screen agency ScreenWest.

Rowe replaces outgoing chair, Erica Smyth who steps down after six years.

The agency has added an additional ninth member to the board in its new round of appointments.

Also joining the board is Janelle Marr and Dax Calder for three-year appointments.

Meanwhile Alan Lindsay has been re-appointed to the board for a further three years.

Wa’s Culture and the Arts minister John Day said of Smyth’s tenure: “During Ms Smyth’s tenure, ScreenWest has attracted unprecedented national and overseas interest in Western Australia as a location for film and television production while proactively supporting indigenous filmmakers, resulting in a thriving Wa screen industry.

“More than $150m of production has occurred in the State during this time, including Bran Nue Dae, Mad Bastards, Red Dog, Cloudstreet, The Circuit and Lockie Leonard.”

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