10 items from 2015
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
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
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