4 items from 2015
The annual award was created to recognise Australia.s top 10 emerging actors, modelled on the Berlin Film Festival.s Shooting Stars initiative.
.The list of the next big things, actors whose careers will pop overseas in the very near future, was chosen by full-time casting directors, not a celebrity list of actors," Cga president Greg Apps tells If. "We wanted to claim ownership of our rising stars before the Us does."
Apps said Coles Smith and Young were the two stand outs, particularly considering how far their careers had advanced over the past 12 months.
Coles Smith.s credits include Pawno, »
- Don Groves
The family film is an original story, separate from the wandering red dog story. Set in the late 1960s, “Blue Dog” is the story of a young boy (Levi Miller) and his dog, growing up on a cattle station in the middle of nowhere. The boy prepares himself for a life of dull hardship but instead finds adventure and friendship with a scrappy, one-of-a-kind pup.
Established Australian actors Bryan Brown (“Australia,” “Beautiful Kate”), John Jarratt (“Wolf Creek”), and U.K. actor Jason Isaacs (“Fury,” “Harry Potter,” “Black Hawk Down”), head the cast, along with newcomer Miller (“Pan,” “Terra Nova”) in the lead as the boy, Mick.
- Patrick Frater
Bryan Brown, John Jarratt, Levi Miller and Jason Isaacs head the cast of Blue Dog, the prequel to Red Dog which is now shooting in the Pilbara. Directed by Kriv Stenders and produced by Nelson Woss, the 1960s- set film scripted by Daniel Taplitz follows events leading up to the discovery of Red Dog on the road to Dampier.
The Wa government is investing $1.25 million in the project through its Royalties for Regions program and Screen Australia and ScreenWest are co-funding. Miller plays Mick, a bright, curious, resourceful kid. When his emotionally disturbed mother can no longer take care of him he is sent against his wishes to live with his grandfather (Brown) on a cattle station in the Pilbara.
The boy is lonely and isolated until he rescues a dog and the two become best friends.
Miller, who made his screen debut in the sci-fi TV series Terra Nova »
- Don Groves
Berlin– Keanu Reeves and Christina Hendricks have joined the cast of Nicolas Refn’s “The Neon Demon,” the subversive female-driven horror tale that marks Danish helmer’s follow-up to “Only God Forgives.”
Gaumont and Wild Bunch are shopping the project at the Efm and have started discussions with U.S. buyers.
Production is slated to begin March 30.
- Elsa Keslassy
4 items from 2015
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