15 items from 2015
Colin and Cameron Cairnes, the filmmakers behind 2012's horror comedy 100 Bloody Acres, are coming back to the big screen with Scare Campaign, a film following a prank show that takes a blood-splattered turn. Ahead of its opening night screening at Australia's Monster Fest this Thursday, Scare Campaign is teased in new photos and a brief teaser video.
Scare Campaign will be released in 2016 and is opening Australia's Monster Fest this Thursday 26th Nov.
Popular TV prank show, Scare Campaign, has been entertaining audiences for the last five years with its mix of old school scares and hidden camera fun. But as we enter a new age of online TV, the producers find themselves up against a new hard-edged web series which »
- Derek Anderson
Originally revealed in February, the Wolf Creek miniseries is now coming to fruition, as production has begun on the project with a full cast in front of the camera, including John Jarratt as the malevolent Outback killer Mick Taylor.
Directed by Tony Tilse and Greg McLean (who helmed the films Wolf Creek and Wolf Creek 2) and written by Peter Gawler and Felicity Packard, the Wolf Creek miniseries (titled Wolf Creek) will comprise six one-hour episodes that will all debut at the same time in mid-2016 exclusively on the streaming service Stan.
Set in the same universe as the Wolf Creek movies (its exact spot on the timeline has not been revealed), the miniseries will follow a 19-year-old named Eve (played by Lucy Fry), who sets her vengeful sights on Mick Taylor after he slaughters her family. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates. We have the official press »
- Derek Anderson
The ensemble cast includes Temuera Morrison (Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Episode III . Revenge of the Sith, Once Were Warriors), Bren Foster (Infini, The Last Ship, Terminus, Days Of Our Lives), with Rachel Griffiths (Saving Mr Banks, Beautiful Kate, Brothers & Sisters, Six Feet Under, Muriel.s Wedding), Firass Dirani (House Husbands, Underbelly: The Golden Mile, The Combination, The Black Balloon) Dwaine Stevenson (Infini, Gabriel), Grace Huang (The Man with the Iron Fists 1 and 2, Infini, Hiding) and introduces Teagan Croft.
Currently filming in Sydney and outback South Australia, the film is set in the future in a time of interplanetary colonization, when Sy (Kellan Lutz), a drifter, »
- Inside Film Correspondent
Filming has started in Western Australia on the new Ben C. Lucas science fiction thriller, Other Life,.
This is the second feature for Lucas, whose debut, Wasted on the Young, was acquired by Paramount in Australia and nominated for an Aacta Award after a successful festival circuit including Sydney Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Pusan International Film Festival, South By Southwest Film Festival, and Torino Film Festival.
Otherlife will be produced by Jamie Hilton, Michael Pontin, Janelle Landers, Aidan O.Bryan, Marco Mehlitz,Tommaso Fiacchino, and Bo Hyde. Executive producers include Phil Hunt, Compton Ross, Kendal Morgan Rhodes,Josh Pomeranz, Viv Scanu, and Stephen Boyle.
- Brian Karlovsky
Raimi is directing the first episode of Ash vs Evil Dead that he wrote with Ivan Raimi (Darkman Army of Darkness Drag Me to Hell) Craig Digregorio (Workaholics Chuck) and Tom Spezialy (Chuck Reaper Desperate Housewives). Michael J. Bassett who helmed Solomon Kane Deathwatch and Silent Hill Revelation 3D will direct an episode Canadian filmmaker David Frazee who shot a few episodes of Orphan Black is involved New Zealander Michael Hurst of Xena and Spartacus fame will step behind the camera for an episode Aussie Tony Tilse who shot Underbelly Xena and Spartucus vet Rick Jacobson is responsible for the season finale. »
When Matt Levett was nominated for this year.s Heath Ledger Scholarship along with 17 other rising talents, the actor didn.t fancy his chances amongst what he described as a .an intimidating. line-up.
So he was both stunned and stoked to win the award presented on Monday night Us time in Los Angeles.
The 2009 Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts (Waapa) graduate says the $US10,000 cash prize will enable him to further his ambitions in Hollywood.
.It will give me the ability to stay longer and give me a foot in the door,. says Levett, who first went to the Us last September/October, when he signed with the Gersh Agency. The runners-up are fellow Waapa graduate Emilie Cocquerel and Lily Sullivan, who each get a round-trip ticket to Los Angeles and a scholarship to attend Masterclasses at Screenwise Film & TV School for actors in Sydney.
On behalf of the judges, »
- Don Groves
Raimi is directing the first episode of Ash vs Evil Dead that he wrote with Ivan Raimi (Darkman Army of Darkness Drag Me to Hell) Craig Digregorio (Workaholics Chuck) and Tom Spezialy (Chuck Reaper Desperate Housewives). Michael J. Bassett who helmed Solomon Kane Deathwatch and Silent Hill Revelation 3D will direct an episoe Canadian filmmaker David Frazee who shot a few episodes of Orphan Black is involved New Zealander Michael Hurst of Xena and Spartacus fame will step behind the camera for an episode Aussie Tony Tilse who shot Underbelly Xena and Spartucus vet Rick Jacobson is responsible for the season finale. »
In all 20 are in contention for the prize which includes two round-trip flights to L.A., a two-year scholarship at the Stella Adler Academy, $5,000 worth of visa and immigration services and $10,000 cash.
Presented by Australians in Film, the winner will be announced in Los Angeles on June 1. Two runners up will each receive a round-trip ticket to La and a scholarship to attend masterclasses at Screenwise Film & TV School for actors in Sydney.
Previous recipients were Cody Fern (The Last Time I Saw Richard), James Mackay (The Dressmaker, The Tomorrow People), Anna McGahan (Anzac Girls, House Husbands), Ryan Corr (The Water Diviner, Wolf Creek 2), Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows, The Rewrite) and Oliver Ackland (Party Tricks, Blinder).
The finalists were selected »
- Don Groves
Cross-Tasman drama Sunday will test the potential for simultaneous multi-platform release when it launches on May 2 in nine cinemas and on DVD and on-demand services.
Set in Melbourne and Christchurch one year after the earthquake that devastated the latter, the plot follows Eve and Charlie, who are about to have a baby although they are no longer together.. After months of separation they have 24 hours to find their way forward.
Actor-turned-producer Clare said, .As independent filmmakers we want to make our film accessible to the widest possible audience and we need to respond to the changes taking place in our industry. A multi-platform release responds to these opportunities in an innovative way, »
- Don Groves
The picture also stars Australian screen legend Jack Thompson (“The Man from Snowy River,” “In the Garden of Good and Evil,” and “The Great Gatsby”) and Jake Ryan (“The Great Gatsby,” TV’s “Underbelly”).
The story involves Ryan as a reluctant hero who discovers an unknown civilisation, which he wrongly believes may hold the key to curing his comatose daughter.
Principal photography wrapped this week after location shooting in and around the Australian federal capital Canberra, which is a relatively rare location for film-making. Production is by Canberra-based Full Point Films and producer Sarah Mason.
The film is set for release in early 2016. Arclight Films will handle international sales. Label is set as the local distributor.
“’Blue World Order’ has been completely independently financed through a group »
- Patrick Frater
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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- Luke Buckmaster
The 8-part series stars Thomson as George Turner, who quits his job as an 800 word columnist for a Sydney newspaper after his wife dies and, on impulse, buys a house in a remote New Zealand seaside town.
The family.s hopes of making a fresh start don.t go to plan in their new environment as the locals are both secretive and inquisitive.
Donald (Friends with Better Lives, The Doctor Blake Mysteries) is cast as George.s new best mate Woody, a fellow Aussie and keen surfer, with Carter (McLeod.s Daughters) as Jan, editor of the newspaper George wrote for. »
- Don Groves
The ugly Cronulla race riots in southern Sydney in 2005 may seem an unlikely source of humour but that.s the backdrop of writer-director Abe Forsythe.s latest film.
Set during the aftermath of the riots, the black comedy looks at two carloads of hotheads from both sides of the fight who are destined to collide.
.The narrative mines comedy through the heavy drama,. Forsythe told If on Thursday on the last day of a six-week shoot. .The humour turns on how absurd the situations were and how they spiralled out of control. It doesn.t let the audience off lightly..
Forsythe began writing the screenplay five years ago and the project finally came together with producer Jodi Matterson and Greg Mclean as executive producer. Mclean had admired Ned, Abe.s directing debut in 2003, and the two had long wanted to work together.
The financiers are Screen Australia, Fulcrum Media, the »
- Don Groves
Grab your backpack, apply some sunscreen, and keep your wits about you, because we could be returning to Mick Taylor territory in the outback. Since we first saw him approach Liz, Kristy, and Ben's campfire in 2005's Wolf Creek, the malevolent Mick has popped up again in 2013's Wolf Creek 2 and in two prequel novels, but the rugged killer with a warped sense of humor isn't done yet. John Jarratt is set to reprise his role as Mick Taylor in a six-part series for the Australian video-on-demand service Stan, and Greg McLean, the writer/director of the two Wolf Creek films and co-author of the tie-in books, is developing the miniseries.
A project from Screentime (a Banijay Group company and Emu Creek Pictures), the six-part Wolf Creek series is described as "a compelling, psychologically complex and visually spectacular suspense series driven by a young woman’s quest for justice. »
- Derek Anderson
Production has started in Canberra on the Bollywood film Salt Bridge.
Starring international names Rajeev Khandelwal and Usha Jadhav, as well as Australia.s own Logie winner Chelsie Preston Crayford, the film follows the tight-knit expat Indian community of .Salt Bridge. and the experiences they face after migrating to Australia from India.
Filmed in the Hindi language, Salt Bridge will shoot throughout January with a potential wide release in June 2015.
Cast and crew have already filmed at a number of Canberra locations, including Black Mountain Peninsula, Kingston Railway Station and the suburb of Bonner.
- Emily Blatchford
15 items from 2015
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