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Billy Zane to Star in Australia’s ‘Blue World Order’

4 March 2015 7:01 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Titanic” star Billy Zane is to star in “Blue World Order” an Australian-made sci-fi action adventure directed by Ché Baker and Dallas Bland.

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

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Oz-nz TV co-pro rounds out cast

1 March 2015 1:13 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Melina Vidler, Benson Jack Anthony, Rick Donald and Bridie Carter have joined Erik Thomson in 800 Words, a drama commissioned by the Seven Network and Tvnz.

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.

Vidler (The Arrangement, Mako: Island of Secrets) and Anthony (Underbelly Razor, Blood Brothers, Legend of the Seeker) play his teenage children Shay and Arlo Turner.

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

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Film finds absurdist humour in race riots

26 February 2015 1:45 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

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

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Wolf Creek Miniseries from Greg McLean In Development, John Jarratt to Reprise Role as Mick Taylor

17 February 2015 5:41 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

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

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Bollywood blockbuster shoots in Canberra

5 January 2015 8:09 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

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.

The film is written and directed by Canberra based Abhijit Deonath. Australian Miguel Gallagher is Director of Photography and Surabhi Singh is Associate Director.

Cast and crew have already filmed at a number of Canberra locations, including Black Mountain Peninsula, Kingston Railway Station and the suburb of Bonner.

Chelsie Preston Crayford is best known for her work as Tilly Devine on Underbelly, for which she won the Graham Kennedy Award for Most Outstanding New Talent, as well as Sophie Walsh on The Code, »

- Emily Blatchford

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