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Six Australian films set for world premieres at Miff

'The Butterfly Tree'..

Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the Miff Premiere Fund will present six world premieres at the 66th Melbourne International Film Festival (Miff), including Greg McLean.s survival thriller Jungle.

The festival runs August 3-20; the full program will be launched on July 11, with general public individual session tickets on sale from July 14..

The six premieres are:.

The Butterfly Tree, the feature debut of director Priscilla Cameron, is a coming-of-age tale of love and loss tinged with magical realism, starring Melissa George, Ewen Leslie, Ed Oxenbould and Sophie Lowe.

Naina Sen.s The Song Keepers chronicles the hidden musical legacy of ancient Aboriginal languages and German baroque songs that are being preserved by the Central Australian Aboriginal Women.s Choir.

Eddie Martin.s Have You Seen the Listers? is a moving personal account of the artistic and commercial rise of Australia.s most renowned street artist, which came with a deep personal cost.

In Westwind: Djalu.s Legacy, director Ben Strunin portrays Yolngu elder Djalu Gurruwiwi.s quest to pass his people.s ancient song lines and culture to the next generation — with a little help from global pop star Gotye..

Rabbit is a chilling fairytale feature debut from director Luke Shanahan in which identical twins are linked by more than just DNA, starring Alex Russell and Adelaide Clemens.

The opening night selection, Jungle stars Alex Russell and Daniel Radcliffe in a thriller based on the real-life story of adventurer Yossi Ghinsberg.

The Premiere Fund, which offers minority co-financing to new Australian narrative and documentary theatrical features that then premiere at Miff, has invested in a total of 56 projects. To celebrate the anniversary, Miff will have retro screenings of three classics:

Balibo (2009), Robert Connolly.s political thriller starring Oscar Isaac and Anthony Lapaglia. Bastardy (2008), Amiel Courtin-Wilson.s impressionistic portrait of the life of Indigenous arts personality Jack Charles.. Blessed (2009), Ana Kokkinos. drama about families, love and loss, starring Frances O'Connor, Miranda Otto, Deborra-Lee Furness, William McInnes, Sophie Lowe, Harrison Gilbertson and Reef Ireland.

Meanwhile www.miff.com.au will feature a new dedicated Premiere Fund page outlining all 56 investments along with a link to a new iTunes page where many of those films can be purchased..

Among the notable milestones over the 10 years:

Nearly 32 per cent of the fund.s films had female directors (versus Screen Australia-reported industry average of 16 per cent). Nearly 59 per cent had female producers (versus industry average of 32 per cent). 41 per cent included youth themes.. 27 per cent had elements portraying Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Communities (CALDs), with 5 per cent having Cald creative principals (director and/or producer(s). 16 per cent included Indigenous themes and/or characters (including Bran Nue Dae), and nearly 7 per cent had Indigenous creative principals. 13 per cent included Lgbti characters and/or issues, with 18 per cent involving Lgbti creative principals. Some 50% of Premiere Fund movies were helmed by first-time directors.

Miff Premiere Fund executive producer Mark Woods said, .The talent we have been able to support has been incredible — 19 per cent of Premiere Fund films are directed by alumni of Miff emerging director workshop Accelerator Lab and 48 per cent advanced their funding at Miff.s film financing event 37ºSouth Market — so we really do feel like we come on a long journey with these projects..
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25 underrated political dramas

Rebecca Clough Jan 20, 2017

As America gets its new President, we look at some excellent political drama films that may have slipped under your radar...

Political dramas can be entertaining, informative and even educational, opening up debates and offering new points of view. (When experiencing a year of tumultuous change like the one we’ve just had, they can also be a comforting reminder that, no matter what your situation, it could always be worse...) With the full whack of corruption, war, and conspiracy, here are 25 political dramas which deserve to be better known.

See related 25 underrated political thrillers 17 new TV shows to watch in 2017 Taboo episode 3 review The Girl On The Train review 25. The Marchers/La Marche (2013)

When teenager Mohamed (Tewfik Jallab) is shot by police, his friends want revenge, but he has a better idea: peaceful protest. Marching from Marseille to Paris, they band together with quite an assortment of characters along the way.
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Screen Australia injects $15 million into film and TV production

Storm Boy.

Screen Australia has unveiled the recipients of its last production investment funding round of 2016. $15 million is shared between seven films and eight television projects, including anticipated titles such as Fred Schepisi.s Andorra and the Shawn Seet remake of Storm Boy..

.We are delighted to be supporting TV projects from so many of the major players all in one round including Foxtel, Channel Seven, Network Ten, the ABC and Sbs," CEO Graeme Mason said. "And in film we look forward to seeing the latest from acclaimed talents Fred Schepisi, Jonathan Teplitzky and John Maynard."

The successful feature film projects are:.

– A contemporary re-imagining of 1976 classic Storm Boy from writer Justin Monjo (The Secret Daughter, Spear), director Shawn Seet (Deep Water, The Code) and Ambience Entertainment producers Michael Boughen and Matthew Street (Tomorrow When the War Began). This time around we meet Mike .Storm Boy. Kingley as a grandfather
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Barracuda review – a valuable Australian story, with a one-for-the-ages finale

Robert Connolly’s take on Christos Tsiolkas’ novel examines the underbelly of Australia’s sporting obsession. It might be a slow burn but you’d do well to stick with it

The protagonist of Christos Tsiolkas 2013 novel, Barracuda, Danny, is a helluva piece of work: a hot-blooded, self-centred, doggedly determined Olympics-aspiring swimmer whose introverted young adult mind is a swirl of competing impulses, many angry and lustful. Think a gay, Australian Holden Caulfield, more competitive than whiny, with a touch of Begbie and a splash (so to speak) of Kieren Perkins.

This is not the Danny we meet in ABC TV’s polished four-part adaptation, directed by Robert Connolly (Paper Planes, Balibo) and written by Belinda Chayko and Blake Ayshford. Or at least it doesn’t appear to be for a long time. Where Tsiolkas invited readers into the volcanic mind of his central character through extensive first-person perspective, the screenwriters,
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Adventures of a Happy Homeless Man set for limited run at Sydney's Chauvel

Australian independent feature Adventures of a Happy Homeless Man is set to screen at Sydney's Chauvel Cinema from July 18-21.

Shot in documentary style, the film is a dramedy about Rafael, a former corporate high-flyer who lost his job, his marriage and his home..

Despite being homeless, he never loses his sense of cheekiness and his passion for music..

Using the moniker Bobo the Hobo, he tries to pursue a music career and an acting career..

.I wanted to make a movie that.s entertaining and also makes people think," said director Dicky Tanuwidjaya..

"The top layer of Adventures of a Happy Homeless Man is a comedy. It.s about a mischievous man who deals with life difficulties with confidence and his own unique humorous view of life. Underneath the comedy layer, there.s a subtle-yet-impactful drama layer that ask the questions about happiness, passion, self-discovery and love."

Felino Dolloso (Balibo,
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Damon Gameau headlines Tropfest Roughcut

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That Sugar Film director Damon Gameau is set to headline Tropfest Roughcut for 2015.

This year, the engaging and intimate film industry event will be held as two separate evening events, on the October 21 and November 5 at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (Aftrs).

The event will also be free this year..

On October 21, Gameau will take part in a conversation about creativity and confidence with award-winning filmmaker and Head of Documentary at Aftrs, Rachel Landers..

The two will be exploring the idea of resilience and the importance of continuing to create in the face of challenges and criticism.

.The topic is particularly pertinent to Gameau, whose animated film Animal Beatbox won Tropfest 2011 and was the subject of lively debate..

For the director and actor, best known for his work in Balibo, The Tracker and Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities, the experience was a formative one.

Gameau said receiving
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Film Review: ‘The Daughter’

Film Review: ‘The Daughter’
Deeply involving and emotionally searing, “The Daughter” reps a confident and profoundly moving bigscreen debut for established theater director Simon Stone. Those familiar with Henrik Ibsen’s play, which Stone freely adapted for the Sydney stage in 2011, will find its themes of the haunted past detonating in the present and the gulfs in class and gender fully intact. Yet Stone’s radical retooling of the story details, characters and setting has yielded something urgent and new, and the low-key, naturalistic approach to his direction of a fine cast — a rare tonal quality in contempo Australian drama — should ensure busy international fest play and the rapt attention of distribs seeking quality fare.

In an unnamed, present-day logging town that has seen better times, Henry Neilson (Geoffrey Rush), a well-to-do mill owner who’s aloof to the point of arrogance, announces to his employees that the economy has forced him to close.
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That Sugar Film: how 60 days of eating ‘health food’ led to fatty liver disease

Australian documentary maker Damon Gameau cracks open the refined sugars hidden in so-called ‘healthy’ packaged food in a gonzo activist mission to map his own mental and physical disintegration

Actor Damon Gameau strapped drugs to Matthew Newton’s stomach in Underbelly and received an AFI nomination for playing hard-nosed news reporter Greg Shackleton in Balibo. But his latest film uses a little more method than he’s used to.

“Not even Daniel Day-Lewis could act fatty liver disease,” says Gameau, who received just that – and several other blows to his wellbeing – after indulging for 60 days in a Super Size Me-esque stunt to test the effect of sugar on his body.

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Film Review: ‘Paper Planes’

Film Review: ‘Paper Planes’
An energetic kids’ film that harnesses the interior logic of children’s minds to pleasing and inspiring effect, director Robert Connolly’s big-hearted “Paper Planes” is currently a solid box office hit Down Under and was selected to open the Generation Kplus section of the Berlinale. With its crowdpleasing tropes and clever use of the titular conveyance as an obvious yet effective metaphor for the simple values and pleasures in life, the pic should fly to fests and international markets that appreciate quality moppet fare.

In rural New South Wales — the film was actually shot in and around the Western Australia capital of Perth — 12-year-old Dylan Webber (Ed Oxenbould, “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”) lives with his father, Jack (Sam Worthington). Having lost his mother in a car accident five months ago, Dylan must contend with Jack’s grief-induced listlessness, which seems to have forged
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'Paper Planes': Melbourne Review

'Paper Planes': Melbourne Review
Australian writer-director-producer Robert Connolly’s recent projects have ranged from political (Balibo) to topical (Underground: The Julian Assange Story) to literary (The Turning). He ventures off on a new track with Paper Planes, an uplifting family film that taps into a national screen tradition spanning from 1976’s Storm Boy through 2011’s Red Dog, particularly recalling the broad storytelling strokes and disarming corn of the latter. While grownups in search of subtlety and nuance need not apply, the loud cheers of the young audience at the Melbourne International Film Festival’s inaugural Kids Gala suggest that the material connects with its

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Cast unveiled for Nine's Gallipoli

Kodi Smit-McPhee, Harry Greenwood, Tom Budge, Lincoln Lewis, Matt Nable, Anthony Hayes, Lachy Hulme and Ashleigh Cummings are among the big ensemble cast announced today for the Endemol Australia/Nine Network miniseries Gallipoli.

A three-month shoot starts in and around Melbourne on March 17 with Glendyn Ivin (Beaconsfield, Puberty Blues) directing. The screenplay by Christopher Lee (Howzat! Kerry Packer.s War, Paper Giants, Rush, Police Rescue) is adapted from the best-selling book by Les Carlyon.

The producers are John Edwards (Howzat! Kerry Packer.s War, Beaconsfield, Paper Giants, and Offspring), Imogen Banks (Puberty Blues, Offspring) and Robert Connolly (producer of Balibo and The Boys, director of Underground: The Julian Assange Story, The Slap). Nine.s co-Heads of Drama Jo Rooney and Andy Ryan and Endemol Australia CEO Janeen Faithfull are executive producers. .Smit-McPhee plays 17-year-old Thomas .Tolly. Johnson, who lies about his age to enlist with his brother Bevan in the
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Who Is Oscar Isaac? 11 Movies Featuring the 'Inside Llewyn Davis' Star (Video)

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Who is Oscar Isaac? He stars as a fictitious '60s folk singer in the new Coen Brothers' film "Inside Llewyn Davis," and although he's made plenty of films you've probably seen, he's seemingly come out of nowhere, so much so that a reporter at Cannes (where the film won the Grand Prix award) asked the actor, "Where have you come from?"

The 33-year-old was born in Guatemala, raised in Miami, and educated at Juilliard. He's been acting for more than 10 years, just in roles that haven't gotten him a lot of attention -- until now.

Even if you remember him from "Drive" or "Robin Hood," you've likely never heard him sing before, but he's actually been singing for years. Before breaking out as an actor, he sang and played lead guitar in the band The Blinking Underdogs.

Since you'll likely be seeing a lot more of Isaac, here's a
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Melbourne 2013 Review: The Turning Mines Deep Australiana, Unearths Some Gems

Curator, producer and director Robert Connolly knows how to convey a good story. He has been intimately involved with some great Australian productions over the years; from Balibo to These Final Hours. He has the skills necessary to bring together an extremely ambitious project spanning 17 rising and accomplished directors, each covering a chapter in celebrated author Tim Winton's epic novel The TurningThe Turning as a book is a sprawling, diverse account of the life and times of individuals and families in Western Australia. The writing style differs substantially and some chapters are much more engaging and memorable than others. Some carry a huge weight that seeps through the pages while others are throw-away larks. Regardless, Winton keeps the tone intact throughout and the themes evident....

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Melbourne Fest Celebrates Curiosity, Oz Creativity

Hong Kong — J.C. Chandor’s almost dialog-free Robert Redford-starrer “All Is Lost” (pictured) and Pedro Almodovar’s “I’m So Excited” will bookend a Melbourne Int’l Film Fest that includes a section of North Korea-themed movies and the world premiere of “Tim Winton’s The Turning.”

“Turning” is an omnibus film which sees the likes of Mia Wasikowska and Cate Blanchett turn their hand to directing. They are among 17 Oz names who, under the guidance of “Balibo” director Robert Connolly, each helm one chapter of Tim Winton’s best-selling book about the unexpected turning points in ordinary people’s lives. The pic’s other directors include Warwick Thornton, Tony Ayres and Justin Kurzel.

The festival unspools during the Australian winter (July 25 – Aug 11) and includes 310 films organized across 17 program strands.

The North Korean curiosity includes recent East-West co-production “Comrade Kim Goes Flying” and “Aim High In Creation,” in
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Check The Trailer And Stills For Unique Australian Literary Adaptation The Turning

Author Tim Winton's collection of stories The Turning is being lovingly adapted into this haunting, ethereal showcase of Australian darkness and fury. This impressively bold film is part of the Melbourne International Film Festival, and is the very exciting world premiere.The synopsis, poster and image gallery below may give you some indication of the tone it is aiming for but the teaser trailer confirms it. I am looking forward to this ambitious work.A film adaptation of Tim Winton's best-selling novel The Turning, consists of 17 chapters that each features a different director and stellar cast. Under the guidance of curator Robert Connolly (Balibo), first time filmmakers Mia Wasikowska and David Wenham make their directorial debut amongst acclaimed directors such as Warwick Thornton and Justin Kurzel...

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Henshall, Nable set to star in Fell

Two Australian actors who are emerging on the international scene have been cast as the leads in Fell, the first feature from director Kasimir Burgess. Matt Nable will play a guy whose daughter is killed in a hit-and-run accident. Daniel Henshall will play Luke, the driver who is sent to jail for five years. When Luke is released, Nable.s character changes his identity and plots revenge. The screenplay is by Natasha Pincus, based on a story she wrote with Burgess, whose short film Lily won the Crystal Bear at the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival. The producers are John Maynard and Mary Minas, with Bridget Ikin as executive producer. The nine-week shoot starts at the end of July in and around Warburton in country Victoria. Nable has just completed roles in the movie Riddick, the third instalment in The Chronicles of Riddick series which stars Vin Diesel and Karl Urban,
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Oscar Isaac joins Warp Films Australia's Partisan

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Oscar Isaac has been cast in Ariel Kleiman's upcoming feature film debut, Partisan.

Isaac plays the lead in the Coen Brothers. upcoming Inside Llewyn Davis and last appeared in an Australian film back in 2009 with political-thriller Balibo (which won him an AFI Award).

The film is described as a confronting tale about a vengeful man raising his children to attack the world that wronged him.

Partisan, penned by Kleiman and Sarah Cyngler, has been in development with Warp Films Australia for much of the past two years. Kleiman first came to attention with his award-winning short film Deeper Than Yesterday.

Warp Films Australia has produced two films: Snowtown and Shopping. Anna McLeish and Sarah Shaw will produce Partisan and Madman Entertainment is signed on as distributor.

Deeper Than Yesterday- trailer from Ariel Kleiman on Vimeo.
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Healing set to shoot Feb 18 in Vic with Hugo Weaving, Don Hany

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.Australian feature Healing, starring Hugo Weaving, Don Hany and Xavier Samuel, is set to start shooting in Victoria on February 18.

The tale of redemption is inspired by a true story, writer-director-producer Craig Monahan said in a statement. .The script is inspired by true events and the powerful connection forged by humans with birds and animals..

Healing follows Viktor Khadem (Don Hany in his first major feature role), who has spent 16 years in prison and has almost given up on life. For his final 18 months, he is sentenced to a low-security, pre-release prison farm, where senior officer Matt Perry (Hugo Weaving) has established a unique program to rehabilitate broken men by giving them the responsibility for the rehabilitation of injured eagles, falcons and owls. Against all odds, Matt takes on Viktor as his number one test case, introducing him to Yasmine, a majestic Wedge-tailed Eagle, revealing a new path of inspiration and hope.
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ScreenWest invests in Connolly and Kearney’s feature film Paper Planes

ScreenWest has invested in a new film by director Robert Connolly and producer Liz Kearney for children’s film Paper Planes.

The announcement was made by Arts minister John Day on the set of Connolly’s current project, an adaptation of Tim Winton’s The Turning.

The funding comes to Paper Planes through the screen agency’s Production Investment Fund.

The film has also received funding from Screen Australia.

The announcement:

Western Australia’s filmmakers will have more opportunities to work with one of Australia’s most successful film and television producers following the State Government’s commitment to invest in the production of Paper Planes.

Announcing the funding at the set of Robert Connolly’s latest project, The Turning at Churchlands Senior High School, Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the State Government through ScreenWest had helped secure the filming of Paper Planes in Wa through its Production Investment Fund.
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Channel Nine to bring Gallipoli to the small screen in 2015

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Production on a television drama about the 1915 Gallipoli landing will begin next year.

Channel Nine has announced its commitment to the production, which will screen in 2015 in honour of the 100th anniversary of the battle.

The network has stated the series will be the .most ambitious television drama in Australian history..

By the time it hits Australian screens, Gallipoli will have been three years in the making and will be over eight hours in length.

Channel Nine has described the series as being, .the definitive dramatization of the battle that shaped the Anzac legend..

Gallipoli is set to look at not only the experiences of the Australian diggers in the trenches, but the Turkish soldiers, the wives and families back at home, the journalists who reported on the battle and the political intrigue in Australia and London.

The series will be directed by Glendyn Ivin (Beaconsfield, Puberty Blues) and produced by John Edwards (Howzat!
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