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Screen Qld launches genre initiative incuBAIT with Armstrong and Krause

(l-r) Shane Krause and Shayne Armstrong.

Screen Queensland has unveiled a new genre initiative, incuBAIT, in which four individuals or teams with genre projects will have the opportunity to fast-track their features via a two-day development workshop run by Queensland writers Shayne Armstrong and Shane Krause.

Armstrong and Krause co-wrote Greg McLean's The Darkness, opening in the U.S. in May, as well as 2008's Acolytes and 2012's Bait 3D.

They are currently developing Tremula, a sci-fi TV series for Michael Rymer (Battlestar Galactica, Hannibal) and Theo: A Haunting, a supernatural thriller for Kristian Moliere (The Babadook).

At the end of the workshop, participants will pitch their project to an experienced genre producer and will then use the development plan as a platform to complete a new draft, which will receive further feedback from Armstrong and Krause..

Applicants may be individual writers, writing teams and may or may not have producers attached.
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‘Elimination Game’ Review

Stars: Dominic Purcell, Viva Bianca, Robert Taylor, Belinda McClory, Nicholas Hammond, Carmen Duncan, Roger Ward, Suzannah McDonald, Juan Jackson, Stephen Phillips, Glenn Maynard | Written by Jon Hewitt, Belinda McClory | Directed by Jon Hewitt

After a civilian massacre in a foreign war zone, Navy Seal Rick Tyler (Dominic Purcell), is falsely imprisoned for the crime. But Rick is offered the chance of freedom – all he has to do is enter and survive a deadly game show, which pits him against some of the world’s most ruthless killers in a series of brutal locations. The rules are simple: kill or be killed. Can Rick survive the game, win his freedom and find out why he was framed for a crime he didn’t commit?

See that title at the top of this review. Forget it. This is Not Elimination Game. It’s not some straight to DVD knock off of The Running Man,
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Review: Brothers, A Brawler Submits To Bollywood Bloat

Gavin O'Connor's Warrior was a surprise critical and box office hit back in 2011, as well as being one of the first studio films set within the increasingly popular world of Mixed Martial Arts fighting. That film pitted brothers Tom Hardy (Bronson, The Dark Knight Returns, Mad Max Fury Road) and Joel Edgerton (Animal Kingdom, Acolytes, The Gift) against one another in an Mma battle and garnered positive notices, much to everyone's surprise. The film, rife with sibling rivalry, hatred, and melodrama, was snatched up for reevaluation and remake by India's Dharma Productions and seemed like a slam dunk for its producers, who handed the project to director Karan Malhotra, following up his surprise corker Agneepath (2012). However, sometimes things have a way unraveling in a...

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It's A Turkey Shoot In This Exclusive Clip From Jon Hewitt's Elimination Game

Acolytes and X director Jon Hewitt remakes 1980s Ozploitation classic Turkey Shoot with Elimination Game in which Dominic Purcell stars as a disgraced former army officer forced to fight for his life in a live televised game show. Yep, the concept is a direct-line predecessor of films such as The Running Man and The Hunger Games and with eOne releasing the films to theaters and VOD on June 26th we've got an exclusive clip from the film below....

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Wider ambit for $10,000 writer prize

The John Hinde Award for Science Fiction presented by the Australian Writers' Guild is broadening its scope this year, including inviting entries from unproduced scripts.

The $10,000 prize will be awarded to the writer of the best produced script and the categories will be expanded to sub-genres and cross genre pieces, including horror-hybrids and post-Apocalyptic works.

Also, this year the writer of the best unproduced script will get to meet with a leading genre producer, with all travel costs covered by the Awg and the Hinde Award.

The purpose of the award bequested by. Australian film critic John Hinde is to encourage, reward and foster creativity in the development and showcasing of science fiction writing for feature film, short film, TV, radio and interactive media.

This year.s award was launched at the Stranger With My Face Horror Film Festival in Hobart on Saturday.

Screenwriting duo Shayne Armstrong and Shane Krause (Acolytes,
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Jon Hewitt's Turkey Shoot To Bow In Melbourne, Check The First Poster Art

The Melbourne International Film Festival has announced a wide swathe of their programming - though not all titles are currently available on the festival website you can find a quick overview here - and included in the Night Shift section is the World Premiere of Acolytes and X director Jon Hewitt's remake of cult favorite title Turkey Shoot. Original producer Antony Ginnane continues to mine his own back catalog here - he also produced a remake of his own Patrick with Mark Hartley directing last year - with Dominic Purcell starring as a disgraced military man cast as the lead contestant on a televised game show to the death.We've got your first look at the first poster art for the film below, remember that you...

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Mclean set to direct first Us film

Wolf Creek.s Greg Mclean will make his Us directing debut on 6 Miranda Drive, a supernatural thriller which will star Kevin Bacon and Radha Mitchell.

The low-budget film will be produced by Jason Blum's Blumhouse Productions, which specialises in horror and created the Paranormal Activity, Insidious and Sinister franchises.

Scripted by Mclean, Shane Krause and Shayne Armstrong, the plot will follow a family that unwittingly brings a fear-feeding supernatural force when they return from a Grand Canyon vacation, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Shooting is due to start in March.

Krause listed that project among those which he and Armstrong are developing in an. interview with If last month.

Krause and Armstrong.s debut feature was Jon Hewitt.s 2008 horror movie Acolytes and they were among the writing team on Kimble Rendall.s Bait 3D. Their credits also include the children.s series K9 for Network Ten and the
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Turkey Shoot Reloaded set to roll

Dominic Purcell, Viva Bianca and Robert Taylor are set to star in Turkey Shoot Reloaded, an action adventure set in the near future.

The director is Jon Hewitt (X, Acolytes, Bloodlust), who co-wrote the screenplay with his wife, actress-writer Belinda McClory, with whom he collaborated on X and Acolytes.

Hewitt tells If the film is in the spirit of Brian Trenchard-Smith.s 1982 cult item Turkey Shoot but is not a reboot. .I loved Turkey Shoot but I did not want to remake it," he says. "This is a complete reinvention..

Principal photography starts in Melbourne on February 5. The Post Lounge is handling the visual effects and investing in the film. The producer is Antony I. Ginnane, who produced Turkey Shoot, with David Lightfoot as line producer and Lizzette Atkins as associate producer. Trenchard-Smith is an executive producer.

Turkey Shoot (also known outside Australia as Escape 2000 and Blood Camp Thatcher
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Krause, Armstrong focus on genre films

Shane Krause has a refreshingly candid view of the commercial prospects of The Contents, a self-funded supernatural thriller which marks his directing debut.

.If the film turns out to be any good we will get interest. from distributors and sales agents, says Krause, who co-wrote and produced the film with his regular collaborator Shayne Armstrong.

.If it doesn.t it will die the death it deserves to. The amount of money at risk is pitifully small. If it doesn.t work no one gets hurt..

The cast and a small crew worked irregularly on the film for the past six months shooting on locations in Brisbane. It.s 80% completed; still to come are the visual effects elements created by Steve Boyle whose credits include The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Bait 3D, Daybreakers and who.s just worked on Chris Sun.s low budget horror film Charlie.s Farm.

The plot
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Tiff’s 25 Years of Midnight Madness: Best of the Fest #2

Tiff’s Midnight Madness program turned 25 this year, and for two and half decades, the hardworking programers have gathered some of the strangest, most terrifying, wild, intriguing and downright entertaining films from around the world. From dark comedies to Japanese gore-fests and indie horror gems, the Midnight Madness program hasn’t lost its edge as one the leading showcases of genre cinema. In its 25-year history, Midnight Madness has introduced adventurous late-night moviegoers to such cult faves as Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused and Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs. But what separates Midnight Madness from, say, Montreal’s three and half week long genre festival Fantasia, is that Tiff selects only ten films to make the cut. In other words, these programmers don’t mess around. Last week I decided that I would post reviews of my personal favourite films that screened in past years. And just like the Tiff programmers,
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Bait 2 morphs into Deep Water

The follow-up to the shark-in-a-flooded -supermarket saga previously known as Bait 2 has been retitled Deep Water.

The switch signals this is a stand-alone horror movie, not a sequel, with killer sharks as the common element, according to the producer, Arclight Films' Gary Hamilton.

Screen Australia is funding the development of the project which is being scripted by Shayne Armstrong and Shane Krause, who were among the writing team on the original.

The plot revolves around a flight from Beijing to Sydney which crashes in the Pacific, pitting an air marshal and a small group of survivors against huge tiger sharks.

The first film, shot in 3D, cost $20 million and earned more than $40 million at cinemas worldwide, including $27 million in China. Hamilton said Screen Australia will see a return on its investment in that film.

The follow-up will be budgeted at more than $25 million with a larger CGI component, said Hamilton,
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Spartacus Duo Liam McIntyre and Viva Bianca Join Turkey Shoot Reboot

With the new trailer for Mark Hartley's remake of Australian cult classic Patrick only launching yesterday, it's time for more news of the highly-specialised 'remake of Aussie exploitation movie that everyone remembers thanks to Not Quite Hollywood' variety. Today's news concerns Turkey Shoot, which apparently was also called Escape 2000 and - my favourite - Blood Camp Thatcher when released outside Australia.Tony Ginnane who produced the original 1982 cult classic Turkey Shoot (and who produced both the original Patrick and the recent remake) has got together with director Jon Hewitt, who made the fantastic Acolytes and X, to bring this remake back to big screens. With The Hunger Games being a monster success there's no better time to revisit the terrifying year 1995! Where hunting is the...

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Shayne Armstrong and S.P. Krause release first short film Huge

  • IF.com.au
The Queensland screenwriters who contributed to surprise international hit film Bait 3D and local horror film Acolytes have taking their first step toward producing their own work with the upcoming release of short film Huge.

The dark satire.has been released under Shayne Armstrong and S.P. Krause.s new production company, Rarer Monsters (which also includes producers Charles Mitchell and Lachlan Madsen) and the duo plan to begin production on their first feature-film, a supernatural-horror feature titled The Contents in 2013.

.Writing and making Huge came about from a combination of the impatience of waiting about for other people to bring our next script to the screen and a dissatisfaction of seeing our scripts sometimes damaged in development and production,. Krause said in a statement. .By taking more control of writing, directing and producing the short, we had something shot in months instead of years. And of course if anything is less than we hoped,
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Shayne Armstrong and S.P.Krause release first short film Huge

  • IF.com.au
The Queensland screenwriters behind surprise international hit film Bait 3D and local horror film Acolytes have taking their first step toward producing their own work with the upcoming release of short film Huge.

The dark satire.has been released under Shayne Armstrong and S.P.Krause.s new production company, Rarer Monsters (which also includes producers Charles Mitchell and Lachlan Madsen) and the duo plan to begin production on their first feature-film, a supernatural-horror feature titled The Contents in 2013.

.Writing and making Huge came about from a combination of the impatience of waiting about for other people to bring our next script to the screen and a dissatisfaction of seeing our scripts sometimes damaged in development and production,. Krause said in a statement. .By taking more control of writing, directing and producing the short, we had something shot in months instead of years. And of course if anything is less than we hoped,
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Jon Hewitt And Richard Wolstencroft's Bloodlust Hitting Australian DVD

Australian cult hit Bloodlust is hitting DVD in a bonus packed special edition!Directed by Jon Hewitt (Acolytes, X) and Richard Wolstencroft, the new DVD edition includes:  All-New Audio Commentary, Cast Reunion, Behind-The-Scenes Featurette, Blooper Reel, Trailer, Limited Edition Slipcase and Poster.The notorious Australian Cult Classic Bloodlust arrives in a 21st Anniversary deluxe special edition! Available for the first time on DVD, this infamous genre gem focuses on a group of modern day vampires. Armed with an arsenal of weapons and a dangerous hunger, they prowl a twilight world of bizarre nightclubs and seedy streets looking for kicks - with an insatiable appetite for carnage. A blood drenched saga of epic proportions which features enough ammunition to blow the roof off, the film erupts into...
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Fantasia 2012: More Info on the Frontieres International Co-Production Market

At the end of last year we reported that the Fantasia Film Festival is gearing up to become the next hot spot to acquire unproduced projects being sold as part of its film market - the Frontières International Co-Production Market. And now we have additional details.

From the Press Release

Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival, widely acclaimed as one of the largest and most influential genre film festivals in the world, is embarking on its 16th edition with a major new industry-driven venture: the Frontières International Co-Production Market. Frontières is the first international co-production market to connect North American with Europe and Australasia in an environment focused specifically on genre film production.

The projects to be presented in the market have now been chosen and feature an exciting array of filmmakers, from gifted newcomers to world-renowned maestros, as well as numerous established international producers.

Blood Borne (Australia) Director / Writer:
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Fantasia Film Festival announces the selected projects of the Frontières International co-production market

Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival, (also known as Sound On Sight’s favourite film festival world wide), as well as widely acclaimed as one of the largest and most influential genre film festivals in the world, is embarking on its 16th edition with a major new industry-driven venture: the Frontières International Co-Production Market. Frontières is the first international co-production market to connect North-American with Europe and Australasia, in an environment focused specifically on genre film production.

The projects to be presented in the market have now been chosen and feature an exciting array of filmmakers, from gifted newcomers to world-renowned maestros, as well as numerous established international producers. Fantasia just announced the selection of the first fourteen projects and there is plenty of reason to be excited.

Here is the press release:

Four of the 14 projects hail from Canada and Quebec: Adored maverick trail-blazer Bruce McDonald (Hard Core Logo 1 & 2, This Movie Is Broken,
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Joseph Conrad's Heart Of Darkness going scifi

The madness reboots in this far-future adaptation where the Earth is on the verge of extinction and a new planet holds the darkness our protagonist Marlow will experience in his pursuit. While no director has been announced, the project is in pre-production and is being produced by Gary Hamilton (who produced the excellent Acolytes) and Ted Field (executive producer on Richard Kelly's The Box among others).

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Win X: Night of Vengeance on DVD

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To mark the release of X: Night of Vengeance on DVD 20th February, Revolver Entertainment have given us 3 copies of the movie to give away. The movie is directed by Jon Hewitt and stars Viva Bianca, Hanna Mangan Lawrence, Peter Docker, Stephen Phillips, Eamon Farren and Belinda McClory.

Viva Bianca (Spartacus: Blood & Sand) and Hanna Mangan-lawrence (Acolytes) star as a jaded call-girl and a fledging hooker caught up in a night from hell in the action-packed, sizzling X: Night Of Vengeance, coming to DVD on 20th February 2012 (Rrp £15.99)

Holly (Bianca) is retiring, kissing her successful life as a high-class escort goodbye. She just has to get through one last night on the job. Shay (Mangan-Lawrence) is a teenage runaway, broke and alone. She just has to get through her first night on the streets.

When a twist of fate throws the two women together on a job that goes horribly wrong,
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Till Death Do Us Die wins Awg Terror Australis Horror Script Competition

  • IF.com.au
Writers Andrew Connell and Gordon Napier's Till Death Do Us Die script has.taken out top honours at the inaugural Australian Writers. Guild Terror Australis Horror Script Competition. The script, about a groom who is forced to battle supernatural forces when a cursed wedding ring unleashes an ancient evil upon his bride, was chosen from 130 entries. It will now be read by genre producers Chris Brown (Daybreakers, The Proposition), David Lightfoot (Wolf Creek, Rogue), Josh Reed (Primal) and Andrew Traucki (Black Water, The Reef). The two writers have also won a micro-mentorship with Shayne Armstrong and Shane Krause (Acolytes). Kraken by Rick Kalowski (story by Rick Kalowski and Andrew Jones) was highly commended by the judges. Also on the finalists' shortlist...
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