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Film Vic backs projects from Jonathan auf der Heide, Matthew Sleeth and more

Nathan Jurevicius' Scarygirl.

The Andrews Labor Government will invest $3.85 million in 17 Victorian film and television projects.

Melbourne production company Passion Pictures Australia and Luma Toons will team up for the animated feature Arkie, based on the Australian graphic novel Scarygirl.

Back to Back Theatre will make its television debut with Bunghole, a collaboration with Matchbox Pictures. The telemovie will feature a cast .with intellectual disabilities.

Victorian director Jonathan auf der Heide (Van Diemen's Land) will deliver his second feature film while director Miranda Nation will make her feature debut with Undertow, filmed largely in Geelong and the Surf Coast.

Three web series received support: Other People.s Problems, a dramedy about two ghost-writers; family comedy The Edge of the Bush; and Maybe Today, which looks back on the life of Indigenous author, activist and master storyteller Boori Monty Pryor.

Five television drama projects also received funding, including Foxtel series Wentworth,
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Emergence: Troll Hunter's Andre Ovredal Takes The Helm Of Sci-Fi Thriller

Variety is reporting that Troll Hunter's Andre Ovredal will sit in the director's chair for the upcoming sci-fi thriller Emergence. The Norwegian director will helm the Australian;Irish co-production written by Rowan O'Neill and Jonathan auf der Heide (Van Diemen's Land). The original story was written by Chris Kunzmann and O'Neill,The story follows a mining crew working on a distant moon that faces a frantic struggle for survival when a rogue terraforming organism is accidentally released on the surface, spreading like wildfire as it consumes anything in its path.As humankind reaches further and further into space finding nasty things where we set our feet is all the rage. Space exploration never seems to end well for us. Recent films like the Aussie production Infini or 2013's Europa...

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Cast set for Outback thriller

Rectify's Aden Young, Aaron Pedersen, Oscar Redding and Chris Sommers are part of the ensemble cast attached to a violent Outback thriller to be directed by Jonathan auf der Heide.

An unofficial Australian-uk co-production, Mongrel is due to start shooting in South East Queensland late this year, with post in the UK.

Scripted by Brit Ross Williams, the plot follows Doug Richards (Young), a family man who embarks on a pig-hunting weekend with his mates.

The weekend turns into a nightmare as the hunting dogs savagely attack a young couple from the city. Torn between loyalty and doing the right thing, Richards must choose between an escalation in violence or facing his own death.

Pedersen is cast as a detective, Redding is a bad-ass professional pig hunter and Sommers is a local would-be tough guy.

The producers are New Holland Pictures Two's Mark Overett (The Fear of Darkness, Iron Sky
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Little Lamb: Watch The Trailer For Australian Gothic Thriller

Having already wowed 'em at Fantastic Fest and other festivals around the globe, Heidi Douglas' short gothic thriller Little Lamb next arrives at the Hollyshorts festival in La on March 19th and a new trailer has been released in advance of the screening.1829. Louisa is a convict trapped in the living hell of a British prison in faraway Van Diemen's Land. She ignores warnings from her prison mate and places her hopes for freedom in becoming the servant of the mysterious Mr Black. On his remote farm, Louisa befriends an orphaned lamb as she adjusts to her new position. Now at the mercy of her new master, she must obey his wishes despite her reservations or face the grim truths hidden in the darkness. Take...

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Us producer boards Oz supernatural thriller

The Ring and Mulholland Drive producer Neal Edelstein is serving as the executive producer on Ashes, an Australian supernatural thriller/horror film about three generations of women who battle a curse.

Jonathan auf der Heide is attached to direct the film written by Mike Jones and produced by Damsel Pictures. Raquelle David.

As a first-time feature producer, David knew she had to enlist an experienced Ep to qualify for financial support from Screen Australia and Screen Nsw. She approached a lot of Australian EPs, who turned her down, evidently due to concerns about the genre.

Via Jones, she got in touch with Edelstein and met the Us producer last October at the American Film Market, which she attended with Screen Australia.s assistance.

Edelstein responded to the script, which has parallels with Haunting Melissa, a digital, transmedia ghost story he has created via his company Hooked Digital Media, and agreed
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Jimmy McGovern Creating BBC2 Series on First Australian Convicts

Almost as soon as it was established as a British outpost, Australia became a giant prison for all manner of serious and petty criminals. This has provided lots of fodder for Australian storytellers over the years, most recently seen in Twitch favourite Van Diemen's Land (pictured).Now the gaolers and wardens feel it's time to face up to their bizarre social experiment, or at least make a popular TV series about it. So they will, with BBC2 announcing that BAFTA-winning screenwriter Jimmy McGovern is writing an 8-part drama about the first convicts transported from Britain to Australia in 1787. According to The Guardian:McGovern said: "In 1787 Britain banished its petty thieves, whores, orphans and highwaymen to Sydney Cove - a place so hot and barren and hostile that very...

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First Look At Mark Leonard Winter In Doomsday Cult Thriller One Eyed Girl

Mark Leonard Winter is a chameleon. In every role he plays he looks starkly different, and has proven adept at both serious haunting drama (Van Diemen's Land) and ribald comedy (Cop Hard). His latest role in Australian thriller One Eyed Girl is no different, with this first still from the movie revealing he's playing a pretty intense dude.One Eyed Girl is a dark thriller about a psychiatrist (Winter) who follows a mysterious teenage girl named Grace into a Doomsday cult. The film is shooting now in Adelaide....
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Oscar Redding Leads Galore Cast

Hot on the heels of news that Mark Leonard Winter is leading the cast of One Eyed Girl, we hear that his fellow Van Diemen's Land cannibal buddy Oscar Redding is one of the lead cast in Galore, a drama which also begins shooting this week in Australia.This is great news for all us fans of Van Diemen's Land - not to mention the police and penis webseries Cop Hard, which Oscar wrote and co-directed. Great to see him getting his due up on the big screen again. Shot in the Australian capital, Canberra, Galore follows four teenagers whose lives are thrown together late one night ahead of the devastating bushfires of 2002. Oscar is obviously not playing one of the teenagers. Written and directed by Ryhs...
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Doomsday Cult Thriller One Eyed Girl Starts Shooting

Fans of Van Diemen's Land, Balibo and Cop Hard rejoice! Larry Hard himself, Mark Leonard Winter, is returning to the big screen, this time in a well-deserved leading role, in the upcoming thriller One Eyed Girl. With filming starting this week in Adelaide, South Australia, One Eyed Girl is a dark thriller about a psychiatrist (Winter) who follows a mysterious teenage girl named Grace into a Doomsday cult.Written by Craig Behenna and Nick Matthews, and directed by Matthews, One Eyed Girl is the third Sa Film Lab project to take off - following in the footsteps of Shut Up Little Man and 52 Tuesdays. The Sa Film Lab is a low budget film initiative run by the South Australian Film Corporation that aims to support amazing...
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Beyond The Frame

Beyond The Frame
"I became obsessed with watching films as it was something I could do without getting the shit kicked out of me," filmmaker Jonathan Auf Der Heide muses when describing the origins of his passion for film. "I grew up in the outskirts of Hobart where I quickly learnt that I was better off staying indoors, away from the kids that used to beat me up!"   From that inauspicious beginning, Auf Der Heide has emerged as one of Australia's most exciting young filmmakers, thanks to his debut feature, 2009's Van Diemen's Land, an unflinching look at the escape of notorious criminal Alexander Pearce from the convict settlement at Macquarie Harbour in 1822.
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They Both Were Very Hectic Wars. It's Cop Hard Episode Eight!

He's gone undercover as a stripper. He's gone undercover in hell. And now Detective Larry Hard's pursuit of The Bearded Clown lands him undercover in prison. Can he adapt? Can he learn the various rules? Can he create a variety of new sexual positions? Of course he can, this is Larry Hard we're talking about.The latest episode of Charles C Custer's increasingly bizarre web series lurks below. Keep your eyes open for a cameo by Van Diemen's Land writer and star Oscar Redding!...
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If You Have Not Been Watching Cop Hard Then You, Sir, Are A Dumbass.

I have now seen more of Larry Hard's ass than I particularly felt the need to. Episode Four of Charles C Custer's action-comedy web series Cop Hard - produced by Jonathan Auf Der Heide and Oscar Redding of Van Diemen's Land - is now online and this one sees Detective Larry Hard move from an undercover stint as a (female) stripper last week to a high speed foot chase dressed bewilderingly as a Plains Indian. Important Note: Vaulting fences while wearing only a loin cloth is not the prettiest thing in the world.Throw in a school girl tied to a pole next to a bomb and you've got an episode chock full of excitement and naked loins!A cop show that crashes Hill Street Blues...
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Detective Larry Hard Is A Sexy, Sexy Lady. It's Cop Hard Episode Three!

Detective Larry Hard and his erstwhile partner Fuzz go deep undercover in Episode Three of Charles C Custer's Cop Hard. Never prone to making sensible decisions Custer pushes his web series to new heights of absurdity with this one and it's pretty glorious to behold. More spontaneous dance numbers, please.Van Diemen's Land creative team Jonathan Auf Der Heide and Oscar Redding produce. Watch the new episode below....
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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Six

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The Hangover: Part Two

Opens: May 26th 2011

Cast: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifinakis, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong

Director: Todd Phillips

Summary: Phil, Stu, Alan and Doug travel to exotic Thailand for Stu’s wedding. After the unforgettable bachelor party in Las Vegas, Stu is taking no chances and has opted for a safe, subdued pre-wedding brunch. However, things don’t always go as planned.

Analysis: It really wasn't until about three months before its release that Warner Brothers realised "The Hangover" was going to be a hit. Test screening response was through the roof, while the trailer had great reaction after premiering at ShoWest and online. About that time they commissioned director Todd Phillips, along with his "Old School" and "Road Trip" scribe Scot Armstrong, to pen a sequel. Yet they still waited to see how the first one went before fully committing to the follow-up.

The wait didn't last long.
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Swarez doesn't want to be left out and posts his top ten list.

While I didn't see near as many films this year as some of the fine gentlemen who write for this site I did see my fair share of gems. Below is a list of films I thought stood out this year, in no particular order. 


We Scandinavians have a ton of legends about trolls and assorted monsters in our culture and when André Øvredal created a film about trolls in modern times I didn't think it would be as well made and successful as it turned out to be. Set firmly in the Blair Witch side of filmmaking the film delivers a fantastic story, action and scares, all wrapped up in the gorgeous scenery of the Norwegian fjords.

Rare Exports

Brothers Jalmari and Juuso Helander created a few years ago a couple of shorts about the hunting and domesticating of the wild and feral santa claus in the northern region of Finland.
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Tiff 2010: Blame Review

Long on cast and concept but slightly short on execution, Michael Henry's Blame never quite manages to reach its full potential or really cash in on its premise, ultimately ending up as an interesting but minor footnote to the Australian wave of the past few years. Animal Kingdom, Van Diemen's Land or Last Ride this aint.

It begins strong, however. A man returns home from doing his shopping, striding through the door and realizing too late that things are not what they should be. Realizes too late that someone is lying in wait for him. Four someone's, actually, two men and two women and all of them dressed in oddly formal clothes but for the balaclava's pulled over their faces. They move in concert, cornering and trapping their prey, all of it without saying a word. And here we realize that they are interested only in killing him in
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Faultless trailer for new Aussie thriller Blame!

Another film having its world premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival later this month is Blame, the debut feature of writer/director Michael Henry -- and based on this compelling trailer it's now at the top of my must-see list! 

Here's the lowdown... 

Seeking justice and revenge, five friends violently attack a man in his remote country house. Their plan: the perfect murder. Confident that their victim's death by his own hand will not be questioned, they overdose him on sleeping pills, but it all goes horribly wrong when their attempt fails and their victim fights for his life. 

In the aftermath, questions are raised about the true nature of the events leading up to the botched attack. As lies and secrets are revealed, the dynamic of the once-tight group shifts as the friends begin to question each other's motives. As they move closer to the truth, the weight
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Formula 1 | T in the Park | Simon Boccanegra | Misfits | Top Gear | Science of the Movies and more | Watch this

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Formula 1 | T in the Park | Simon Boccanegra | Misfits | Top Gear | Science of the Movies and more

Saturday July 10

Formula 1: The British Grand Prix – Qualifying

12.10pm, BBC1

In the grip of Britain's perennial sporting disappointments: the yearly trauma of Wimbledon, the quadrennial despair of the World Cup, it is easy to forget that the current F1 world champion is English, as was his immediate predecessor, and that the pair of them now race in the same team. McLaren's Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton are both in fine form in a fast car, and will start among the favourites at Silverstone. Last year's race was won by Red Bull's German prodigy Sebastian Vettel, which should provide more incentive.

T In The Park

7pm, BBC3

More coverage of the Scottish festival which has, as usual, pulled in the big names; not least in the form of Eminem, who headlines the main stage tonight.
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Eraser Children director returns with shipwreck drama 1629

Call it the Van Diemen's Land effect.

After years of up-and-coming Australian directors using well-trodden territory such as horror, revenge or supernatural movies to make their first independent splashes into the global film pool, we're now seeing a rash of new filmmakers delving back into the nation's bloody past to make their debuts.

Van Diemen's Land -- with it's true to life tale of bloody cannibalism in the harsh unforgiving wilderness of early 1800s Australia -- was a start, and a few weeks ago we added Moonlite (an unorthodox tale about the outlaws that stole from the mail coaches and banks during colonial Australia) to the list.

Now we can add 1629 -- finally a story of the bloody Batavia shipwreck and aftermath -- directed by Nathan Christoffel who made a startling indie debut with his no budget Brazil-esque Eraser Children and produced by Andrew Scarano, who was the driving force behind Into The Shadows,
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DVD & Blu-ray out this week

Mad Men: Seasons 1, 2 & 3

DVD & Blu-ray, Lionsgate

In the TV world, advertising always used to be one of those high-pressure jobs that husbands in old soaps and sitcoms toiled at in the background; Mad Men reverses that dynamic by putting the job at centre stage and having an ad agency be the location where the characters truly come to life. Set in the 1960s, creator Matthew Weiner's show draws heavily from real products and events of the decade, making his characters either slightly ahead or behind the times; the only person who seems truly plugged into the "now" is central figure Don Draper (Jon Hamm), the agency's creative director, who, as the show progresses, is revealed to be as much of a construct as anything in the ad world; he's the very definition of a self-made man. But it's such a great ensemble piece – the push-and-pull friction between colleagues
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