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Aussie actor cast in Killing Jesus

15 October 2014 2:19 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Dan Mor is in Morocco for six weeks playing an enforcer to King Herod in Killing Jesus, a four-hour miniseries that stars Kelsey Grammer, Stephen Moyer, Rufus Sewell and John Rhys Davies.

The Scott Free production for the National Geographic Channel is based on the book Killing Jesus: A History by Bill O.Reilly and Martin Dugard, adapted by Walon Green.

Grammer (Frasier, Boss) portrays Herod, the Roman King of Judea, who attempted to kill Jesus at his birth.

True Blood.s Moyer is Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor who ordered Jesus. crucifixion, Sewell is Caiaphas, the high priest and conspirator in Jesus. death.

Rhys Davies is Annas, another high priest who first questioned Jesus and his teachings, and Entourage.s Emmanuelle Chriqui is Herodia, ex-wife of Herod II.. Haaz Sleiman (Nurse Jackie, Covert Affairs) portrays the title character.

Mor is cast as Sillaeus, first seen as a young »

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Screen Australia backs 18 features

23 July 2014 3:05 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

UK producer Kevin Loader joins comedy drama B Model, to be directed by actor Rachel Griffiths.

Now that it is likely to be set up as a UK/Australian co-production, prolific UK producer Kevin Loader (In the Loop, Hyde Park on Hudson, Le Week-End) has become part of the team behind the comedy drama B Model, to be directed by actor Rachel Griffiths.

Griffiths has directed two shorts, Roundabout and Tulip and this will be her first feature – providing the money can be raised.

Australian producer Louise Smith was reluctant to provide details of the project precisely because it is yet to be financed. The current draft of the script is being written by Samantha Stauss, co-creator of the series Dance Academy.

B Model is included in a list of 18 features that Screen Australia has injected a total of Us$500,000 worth of development money into in the last four months.

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Dan Mor tackles Arrowhead

12 March 2014 4:49 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Dan Mor in Arrowhead


Playing the lead in the sci-fi adventure telemovie Arrowhead, Dan Mor is in Coober Pedy working 12-hour days and battling intense heat, flies, dust and wind and, 12 metres underground, bats.

All that is physically demanding but the Israeli-born actor is relishing the chance to play Kye, a character who embarks on a psychological and emotional journey after his spacecraft crashes on a desert moon.

It.s the feature writing and directing debut of Jesse O.Brien, produced by TV1 in association with Us-based Gorilla Pictures. O.Brien wrote the script in 2009 and teamed up with Gorilla Pictures. Eric Johnson and Eric Machiela, whom he and DoP Samuel Baulch met when they were at film school in Grand Rapids, Michigan, 10 years ago.

The plot follows Kye, a military prisoner who is forced to transform his body and soul to survive, accompanied by a computer named Reef.. The »

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