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The Devil’s Playground
A series which picks up the story of classic feature film The Devil’s Playground 35 years on, is among 11 productions to receive Screen Australia funding.
The series picks up the story in 1988, 35 years after Fred Schepisi’s The Devil’s Playground, where main character Tom Allen, a psychiatrist and a secular confessor to the Catholic clergy, becomes entangled in political and theological intrigue.
Screen Australia’s overall investment across the 11 productions »
- Colin Delaney
Although noticeably absent during Encore’s set visit, the shadow of the film’s Hollywood star, Christina Ricci, can be felt in the two-storey house in Sydney’s inner west where production is underway for the micro-budget feature Around the Block.
Ricci, who declined to do any press ahead of the film’s release, agreed to sign on to the project after writer/director Sarah Spillane’s producers, Sue Armstrong and Brian Rosen of Tree Films, inked what’s becoming an increasingly popular deal for features from first time filmmakers.
An undisclosed share of the profits, should they be forthcoming, will make up for the modest remuneration received up front.
Sarah Spillane on set
Ricci’s input – filling the role of the arts »
The 17th edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala (Iffk) has announced its lineup. The festival will run from 7th to 14th December, 2012 in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
Fourteen films will screen in the Competition section while seven contemporary films will be screened in “Indian Cinema Now” section.
Complete list of films:
Fourteen feature films from Asia, Africa and Latin America will compete for the coveted “Suvarna Chakoram” (Golden Crow Pheasant) and other awards.
Inheritors of the Earth by T V Chandran (India)
A Terminal Trust by by Masayuki Suo (Japan)
Shutter by Joy Mathew (India)
Today by Alain Gomis (Senegal-France)
The Repentant by Merzak Allouache (Algeria)
Present Tense »
Redfern Now is first TV series to be commissioned, written, acted and produced by indigenous Australians
The broadcast of an all-indigenous television series on primetime TV in Australia is being hailed as a landmark moment for Aboriginal filmmakers.
Redfern Now is a series of six loosely connected dramas that explore the lives of contemporary indigenous families in inner-city Sydney. The series is set in The Block, a precinct in Redfern known historically as the centre of Aboriginal political activism.
"These sorts of stories that look into Aboriginal communities are rare and I think we take the audience to a place they've never been before," said Sally Riley, head of the ABC's indigenous department, who commissioned the project. "People are saying to me they didn't even know this world existed."
Redfern Now is the first television series to be commissioned, written, acted and produced by indigenous Australians. "It's a landmark because »
- Alison Rourke
Screen Australia has chipped in $200,000 to lift this year.s Hive Production Fund to $800,000.
The funding announcement - which adds to equal installments by the Adelaide Film Festival, the Australia Council for the Arts, and ABC Television - was made last night by South Australian Minister for the Arts, John Hill, at the Melbourne Festival. Screen Australia previously supported the initiaitive through development funding for script workshops.
The Hive Production Fund was inspired by the Hive Lab, which brings filmmakers and artists together in a creative environment. The artists at this year.s lab include Bill Henson, Dr Brenda Croft, Eddie Perfect, Sam Haren, Daniel Koerner, Rachael Swain, Cat Jones, Lally Katz and Sean Riley; filmmakers Samantha Lang, Sophie Raymond, Sascha Ettinger Epstein, Paola Morabito, Nassiem Valamanesh, Eddie White, Natasha Pincus and Lucinda Clutterbuck; and artist and filmmaker John Gillies.
Last year.s inaugural $600,000 Hive Production Fund supported three projects »
- Brendan Swift
A huge plug was pulled on literature when school days stopped beginning with obligatory immersion in the Bible
Jennifer Robins's revelation that EastEnders' never-ending plotlines have been largely inspired by the Bible spawned headlines. "The prototype of every EastEnders story," proclaimed Robins, "can be traced back to one source: David and Goliath, Daniel in the Lions' Den, Samson and Delilah, Sodom and Gomorrah, the fall, all the Bible stories."
For anyone with a half-sensitive echo-meter the title of the soap itself gave the game away. Like John Steinbeck's novel, the half-buried allusion in the title is to Genesis: "Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the East of Eden" – or, in this case, the land to the east of Tower Bridge somewhere round the Isle of Dogs (which, in its turn, always brings to my mind to the line »
- John Sutherland
A writer and producer on EastEnders has claimed that the source of all of the soap's storylines can be found in the Bible. Jennifer Robins is a former series producer and current storyliner on the show, and made the comments to an audience of media executives and religious leaders at the BBC's 'Re:Think' conference. The Telegraph reports that Robins told the crowd: "The prototype of every EastEnders story can be traced back to one source: David and Goliath, Daniel in the Lions' Den, Samson and Delilah, Sodom and Gomorrah, the fall, all the Bible stories." She also argued that "EastEnders slays all before it when it is moral to its core", before continuing: "Like the parables it offers hope and a morality where the good are rewarded and the bad punished either by death, rapid exit or karmically bound forever (more) »
- By Paul Martinovic
I recall when I interviewed him in May, he mentioned that he had a handful of projects on the horizon that he couldn't quite talk about back then, for any number of reasons; I assume this may have been one of those projects. Towards the end of the video interview below (uploaded to YouTube yesterday), the Brit thespian reveals that he's been shooting an epic project for the History Channel here in the USA titled simple, The Bible. Specifically, he plays Samson (as in the story of Samson and Delilah) - the Israelite who was granted supernatural strength by God (his strength is in his hair) in order to combat his enemies and perform heroic feats like wrestling a lion, and »
- Tambay A. Obenson
I recall when I interviewed him in May, he mentioned that he had a handful of projects on the horizon that he couldn't quite talk about back then, for any number of reasons; I assume this may have been one of those projects. Towards the end of the video interview below (uploaded to YouTube yesterday), the Brit thespian reveals that he's been shooting an epic project for the History Channel here in the USA titled simple, The Bible. Specifically, he plays Samson (as in the story of Samson and Delilah) - the Israelite who was granted supernatural strength by God (his strength is in his hair) in order to combat his enemies and perform heroic feats like wrestling a lion, and slaying an entire army. Hearing all this, I immediately remembered that, last spring, we announced that the History Channel had greenlit a 5-part, 10-hour epic series based on the bible, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
ABC indigenous telemovie Mabo posted a lacklustre audience of 544,000 viewers on Sunday night.
The multi-million dollar tale about about Eddie and Bonita Mabo (played by Jimi Bani and Deborah Mailman), and the fight for indigenous land rights, was directed by Rachel Perkins (Bran Nue Dae, First Australians) and written by Sue Smith (Bastard Boys, Brides of Christ).
Other recent indigenous films screened on the ABC have fared better including Perkins's Bran Nue Dae, which averaged 720,000 viewers in January last year, according to The Australian, while Warwick Thornton's Samson and Delilah was seen by about 1 million viewers when it first aired in 2010. However, Samson and Delilah was strongly supported by the ABC at an early stage of production, which allowed the broadcaster to skip the usual DVD release window, elevating its audience.
- Brendan Swift
The Weinstein Company announced today that they have acquired from Goalpost Film worldwide rights, with the exception of the UK & Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, France, Canada, Israel, Portugal and airlines, to The Sapphires. The film, directed by acclaimed Aboriginal actor and theater director Wayne Blair, stars funnyman Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, Friends With Kids), Deborah Mailman (Radiance, Offspring), who was the first Aboriginal actress to win the AFI Award for Best Actress, Jessica Mauboy (Bran Nue Dae), an Australian pop artist who was the runner-up on Australian Idol in 2006 and breakout stars Shari Sebbensand Miranda Tapsell. The screenplay was written by Aboriginal playwright Tony Briggs, whose mother and family members were part of The Sapphires group, and Keith Thompson. Warwick Thornton, previous winner of the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival for Samson And Delilah, is the film’s Director of Photography. The announcement was made today by TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein, »
- Michelle McCue
The role of completion bonds, which protect screen investors from budget and schedule overruns, is being examined by Screen Nsw.
A spokesperson for Screen Nsw confirmed that the state agency is undertaking an industry survey "to ascertain current industry practice in relation to completion bonds, as the approach to risk assessment varies across screen agencies and broadcasters".
Screen Australia and most state agencies generally require a completion guarantor on any feature film or TV series in which they invest, giving an extra layer of certainty that a film will be completed on schedule and on budget.
However, completion bonds can add a significant amount to already tight production budgets even when the risks being insured for are relatively low. Screen Australia board member and filmmaker Robert Connolly raised the issue in an Aftrs white paper in 2008, arguing for greater flexibility as a way to extract more from declining budgets.
- Brendan Swift
Taylor Kitsch, John Carter The John Carter trailer (please scroll down) was another Super Bowl event earlier this evening, more important for some than the game itself. Perhaps even more important than appearances by Clint Eastwood and Madonna, not to mention all the car commercials. Now, Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter of Mars isn't exactly a very well-known novel nor is John Carter a major pop action figure. Though he'd better become one, considering that Walt Disney Studios has invested a reported $250 million on this actioner/sci-fier, the first live-action feature directed by Pixar's Andrew Stanton of Wall-e fame. One thing Disney surely can't afford is another Mars Needs Moms box-office cataclysm. In the title role, Taylor Kitsch is an earthling who happens to land on Mars, where he must battle huge monsters, fight huge armies, and display huge biceps. By the looks of the John Carter trailer, the »
- Zac Gille
13 items from 2012
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