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City of Sydney CEO Monica Barone on the virtues of filming in Sydney

The Bleeding Steel team.

Film production spend in Sydney was worth around $50 million in the last year, according to the City of Sydney.

In 2015—16, the City of Sydney.s film liaison team approved more than 1,300 film and photo shoots across Sydney, including 31 major TV drama series and feature films..

City of Sydney CEO, Monica Barone, said the city has streamlined the application process, making filming in the city easier and cementing Sydney.s lead over other Australian cities as a top film location.

.With China set to overtake the Us as the biggest movie market, we can expect an increase in the number of Asian film productions in Sydney. This puts the spotlight on the best our city has to offer, attracting interest, tourists and investment that supports jobs and the local economy," said Barone.

.Our dedicated film liaison officer provides valuable assistance to producers in scouting and securing filming locations,
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Fortissimo Films files for bankruptcy

Sales agent Fortissimo Films has filed for bankruptcy.

As first reported by Variety, the company filed for bankruptcy yesterday in Amsterdam, shuttering its offices in Hong Kong, London, Amsterdam and Beijing..

The sales agent began in 1991, founded by Wouter Barendrecht and Helen Loveridge. Michael Werner joined the company four years later and led it from 2009, becoming a partner in the company and producing films such as.Shortbus.and.Mysterious Skin.

Fortissimo specialised in the Asia-Pacific region and was increasingly run out of Hong Kong.

The company's library has over 300 titles, including Scorsese's Shine a Light, Wong Kar Wai.s Chungking Express, Morgan Spurlock.s Super Size Me, Sydney Pollack.s Sketches Of Frank Gehry,.Andrew Jarecki.s Capturing The Friedmans and the film that made a star of Jennifer Lawrence, Debra Granik's Winter's Bone.

Australian titles include Sue Brooks' Looking for Grace and Leon Ford's Griff the Invisible.
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Paul Ireland's debut feature Pawno to open April 21

Pawno, the debut film of director Paul Ireland which premiered at last year's Miff, will open in cinemas nationally on April 21..

Set in Footscray, Melbourne, the film's cast includes Pawno screenwriter Damian Hill, John Brumpton (Romper Stomper), Kerry Armstrong (Lantana), Tony Rickards (Holding The Man), Maeve Dermody (Griff the Invisible) and Mark Coles Smith (Last Cab to Darwin).

Brumpton plays Les Underwood, the proprietor of an old pawnbroker's shop..

Produced by Paul Ireland and Damian Hills. production company Toothless Pictures, the privately financed feature was shot in Barkly Street, Footscray..

The soundtrack features Tom Waits, Vance Joy, hip-hop group Astronomy Class and Chris Saray..

After premiering it Miff, Pawno premiered internationally at the Black Nights Festival in Tallinn, Estonia.

It has also screened at the Singapore Film Festival and Cinefest Oz in Western Australia.

Pawno is the first feature film to be distributed by the new production and distribution company Mind Blowing World,
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Review: Blunt Force Trauma

When HBO aired its vampire series True Blood, its arrival came at just the right time. The Twilight series was everywhere and horror was hitting the mainstream at every shopping mall in America. True Blood had creator Alan Ball at its side, therefore, already providing a sense of authenticity due to his resume consisting of the Oscar winning American Beauty and HBO’s earlier series, Six Feet Under. It’s through True Blood that America was introduced to Australian actor Ryan Kwanten who played the air headed yet lovable Jason Stackhouse. Kwanten has created a name for himself in the genre with Knights Of Badassdom, Dead Silence, and the underrated Griff The Invisible. His career is subtle overall, but he has the charisma to become a leading man and hope he gets a role that will get a more mainstream appeal. He seems to want to feel out other genres and avoid typecasting and,
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Second-Chance Cinema: Guardians of the Galaxy

No critic is infallible. It’s an open secret that few of them will admit, but would be remiss to deny. As valuable a resource as the informed film critic can provide when appraising a motion picture, we’re prone to the same random prejudices and peccadillos as anyone else. Sure, professionalism dictates that we diligently strive to check them at the door, but few of even the very best films are recognized as classics on first sight, and any number of random factors – including real-life experience – can skew our perception as we weigh the many factors that lead to a film’s ultimate success or failure.

Citizen Kane (1941), The Wizard of Oz (1939), and Blade Runner (1982) were all panned by critics upon initial release, yet today they’re rightfully considered classics. So what stuck in Pauline Kael’s craw when she turned up her nose at The Graduate, and who
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A+E Networks’ History Captures ‘Black Sails’ in U.K., Africa

A+E Networks’ History Captures ‘Black Sails’ in U.K., Africa
London — A+E Networks UK has acquired the exclusive linear TV rights in the U.K. and Africa for Starz’s adventure series “Black Sails,” which will play on History.

The acquisition marks the first A+E Networks U.K. deal with Starz Worldwide Distribution.

The series, which has a strong cast of U.K. actors featuring Toby Stephens (“Die Another Day”) in the lead role as Captain Flint, will premiere on History in the summer.

Other British acting talent in the series includes Hannah New (“El Tiempo Entre Costuras”), Tom Hopper (“Merlin”), and Clara Paget (“One Day”), as well as Australians Luke Arnold (“Never Tear Us Apart: The Untold Story of Inxs”) and Toby Schmitz (“Griff the Invisible”), U.S. star Zach McGowan (“Shameless”), and Canadian Jessica Parker Kennedy (“90210”). The third season began filming in November 2014 in South Africa.

This latest acquisition follows the success of the epic drama
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Toronto: Mongrel Nabs Sales Rights to Aussie Feature ‘The Daughter’

Mongrel Intl. has acquired international sales rights to Australian stage director Simon Stone’s feature bow “The Daughter,” and will be repping the title during the Toronto film festival, the company announced today.

Mongrel Media will distribute in Canada, while Roadshow, which has backed “Daughter” since development, will release in Australia and New Zealand.

The pic is produced by Jan Chapman (“The Piano,” “Bright Star”) and Nicole O’Donohue (“Griff the Invisible”), while its ensemble cast includes Geoffrey Rush, Sam Neill and Miranda Otto.

“Daughter” is inspired by Stone’s award-winning contemporary adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s “The Wild Duck,” which toured Europe to wide acclaim. Lensing starts Sept. 12 in Sydney.

“We’re indebted to Jan and Nicole for entrusting us with what will be an extraordinary film,” said Mongrel Media president Hussain Amarshi. “It fits perfectly with Mongrel’s plan to bring prestigious entertainment to intelligent audiences in Canada and now throughout the world.
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Simon Stone to direct first full-length feature

Casting is underway for The Daughter, a movie which theatre director Simon Stone is adapting from his radical re-imagining of Henrik Ibsen.s The Wild Duck.

Producers Jan Chapman and Nicole O.Donohue are collaborating with Stone, who made his screen debut directing Robyn Nevin, Richard Roxburgh and Cate Blanchett in a segment of Tim Winton.s The Turning.

Shooting is due to start in September. Screen Nsw funded development of the project. Scripted by Stone and Chris Ryan "after Ibsen," the stage production of his 1884 play is set in contemporary rural Australia.

The Belvoir production had rave reviews, typified by Fairfax Media.s Cameron Woodhead who said, .Go see this production of The Wild Duck. Theatre of such delicacy and distillation is vanishingly rare. The ensemble performance is magnificent, the writing effortlessly overheard, the design possesses a chiselled power, and the direction confirms Simon Stone as one of our
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Australian thriller adds two key cast

Aaron Pedersen and Mark Leonard Winter have been added to the cast of The Fear of Darkness, writer-director Chris Fitchett.s supernatural thriller which starts shooting on March 6 on the Gold Coast.

They join the already announced cast of Maeve Dermody, Penelope Mitchell and Damien Garvey.

Mitchell (Hemlock Grove, The Vampire Diaries) will play Skye Williams, a patient in a psychiatric clinic who is accused of a gruesome murder. Dermody (Serangoon Road, Griff the Invisible) is Dr Sarah Faithfull, an empathetic psychiatrist who believes there is more to the case.

Pedersen, who played the lead in Ivan Sen.s Mystery Road and is a regular in the ABC Jack Irish telemovies,. will portray Dr Nicholas Trengrove, a criminal psychologist who tries desperately to ensure that those around him stay grounded and not surrender to any imagined horrors in the dark.

Winter, who appears in Craig Monahan.s upcoming drama Healing
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Casting set for supernatural thriller

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Maeve Dermody, Penelope Mitchell and Damien Garvey have been cast in The Fear of Darkness, a supernatural thriller from writer-director Chris Fitchett which starts shooting March 6 on the Gold Coast.

Dermody (Serangoon Road, Griff the Invisible) will play a brilliant young psychiatrist who is forced to confront the dark creature that dwells deep within her when she investigates the disappearance of a female university student.

Mitchell, who was a regular in the Us TV series Hemlock Grove and appears in The Vampire Diaries, plays a patient in a psychiatric clinic who is accused of a gruesome crime.

Damien Garvey (Rake, Network Ten.s upcoming Secrets & Lies) will portray a cop who investigates the disappearance. Casting of two other key roles is due to be confirmed shortly.

The project was developed through Screen Queensland.s low budget feature film initiative. The producer is Mark Overett (Iron Sky, Separation City,. Unfinished Sky
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Alchemyst, The Portable Door to shoot in Oz

Big screen adaptations of popular novels by Irishman Michael Scott and Englishman Tom Holt are to be produced in Australia. Mario Andreacchio bought the rights to The Alchemyst, the first in the series of Scott.s six fantasy novels entitled The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel. Andreacchio will serve as one of the producers on the $75 million film along with Los Angeles-based Greg Coote and other partners who are yet to be revealed. Todd Fellman (Bait, Mental, A Few Best Men) will produce a family film adapted from Holt.s novel The Portable Door for the Jim Henson Co. Both projects came to light on Tuesday at the session Working with the USA- The Eagle & The Kangaroo: Co-financing Across the Pacific at the Screen Forever conference. Coote told the session Andreacchio bought the rights and brought the project to him. He said it would be an Australian production, thus qualifying for the 40% producer offset,
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Update The Venom Short "Truth In Journalism" Is Now Online

First shown at Sdcc this year, "Truth In Journalism" has made its way online. A little over a year ago, Thomas Jane and friends shocked Comic-Con by premiering a very cool short film based on The Punisher titled Dirty Laundry. Directed by Phil Joanou, scripted by Chad St. John, and produced by Adi Shankar, the short was a slow burn that eventually erupted into bloody and brutal violence. [Today], producer Adi Shankar is releasing his next short film titled Truth in Journalism, and it stars Ryan Kwanten (Griff the Invisible). Written and directed by Joe Lynch (Wrong Turn II, Knights of Badassdom), the film is sure to excite comic book fans. "The great part of my job is that I get to be an 'administrator of truth.' Crime occurs every 13 seconds in this city. You know we have these statistics? Because guys like me are out on the streets, collecting
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Jungleboys to create long form development team

Cast of Jungleboys’ A Moody Christmas

Australian production company Jungleboys will establish a full-time development and research team to work across both broadcast projects and on its online comedy channel Jungleboys.tv.

The move marks the latest step by Jungleboys to move beyond its advertising roots. The production company is also behind sitcom A Moody Christmas, currently airing ABC1.

Jungleboys is is one of four production companies and four feature film producers to receive a government grant from Screen Australia as part of the agency’s 2012 Enterprise Program, which will help implement the team.

Jason Burrows, founder and executive producer of Jungleboys told Mumbrella: ”While we have a business model for advertising, in the past we’ve developed long form ideas ad-hoc. This will give us the chance to create a long form business model. We’ve also talked about having a full-time developer on Jungleboys.tv and we’re constantly looking for new talent.
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A romantic comedy with serious balls

Has an Australian filmmaker finally cracked the rarely attempted romantic comedy genre? Colin Delaney visits the set of Not Suitable for Children to find out if Oscar nominated, first time feature director Peter Templeman’s flick about testicular cancer has the balls to make it big at the box office.

A mismatched collection of twenty somethings loiter in front of a large old house in Eveleigh, south of Sydney’s Cbd. Goths, surfers, hipsters and stoners make up the group. Inside it’s shoulder-to-shoulder with revellers filling hallways and stairwells. The event is not just thrown together either – flashing lights and disco balls suggest the members of this household take their parties seriously. And the amount of drugs and alcohol circulating certainly deem the environment unsuitable for children.

Encore is on the set of Oscar-nominated Peter Templeman’s feature film debut Not Suitable For Children, starring Ryan Kwanten (True Blood,
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Griff The Invisible team look to create feature version of The Mechanicals

The writer/director and producer duo of an Australian short film which screened in competition at the 2005 Venice Film Festival are looking to create a feature version of the story.

Leon Ford, writer and director of Griff the Invisible, told Encore he and producer Nicole O’Donohue are currently shopping a feature version of their short The Mechanicals at various international film markets.

Ford said: “We started in Cinemart in Rotterdam and we went to Ifm in New York, where we had great responses. Also Nicole was in Cannes recently. It’s just about keeping up a presence.”

The duo have secured international sales agents Paris and New York-based Memento Films, who worked with Cate Shortland on Lore.

The Mechanicals is about factory workers who secretively work within the walls of houses, operating everyday appliances.

O’Donohue produced Griff the Invisible as well as Ford’s short Katoomba and Nash Edgerton’s Spider.
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ABC iview picks up its first exclusive content with sketch comedy series Monday Bites

ABC’s catch-up TV platform iview has picked up its first exclusive series in a bid to drive its new mobile platform.

Monday Bites, created, written and directed by a team of comedians including Griff The Invisible director Leon Ford is scheduled to deliver two minute comedy sketches to the ABC’s platform every Monday morning from 6am.

Ford said: “We’ve made 12 episodes and iview will screen it exclusively. Because they’re launching their mobile app they wanted something to screen, so it will screen every Monday morning. The original idea is to give people something to watch every Monday as a pick me up on their way to work.”

The team will also produce and upload extra content to YouTube and Facebook. Ford, who has also been writing for Ten’s Offspring and Nine’s House Husbands, said: “We’ll also make extra bites, 20 seconds sketches and blooper reels to go on YouTube.
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Stuntman-Inspired Superhero 'The Human Fly' Gets Film Adaptation

There have been a litany of independent superhero movies made since Bryan Singer reignited the genre with 2000's X-Men. Special, Super, Defendor, Griff the Invisible, Paper Man...the list goes on. And while everyone knows that Christopher Nolan changed the game by grounding his Batman films with a feeling of realism, there's a new superhero movie on the way that's actually based on a real-life costumed crusader. Deadline reports that former Marvel Comics hero The Human Fly is getting his own movie, based on the exploits of a stuntman who performed death-defying feats to raise money for charity events. More below! The comic had a brief 19-issue run in the late 70s, tapping into the zeitgeist led by Evel Knievel and featuring the costumed hero occasionally interacting with Marvel heroes like Spider-Man and Daredevil. The comics were based on the life of stuntman Rick Rojatt, though Deadline claims the movie
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[Now Streaming] Your ‘Dark Shadows,’ ‘God Bless America,’ and ‘Hick’ Alternatives

Each week within this column we strive to pair the latest in theatrical releases to worthwhile titles currently available on Netflix Instant Watch. This week we offer alternatives to Dark Shadows, God Bless America and Hick.

Tim Burton brings the peculiar tale of the Collins clan to the big screen. Johnny Depp stars as Barnabas Collins, a long-imprisoned vampire unleashed on the 1970s, where he discovers a colorful batch of dysfunctional descendants. Michelle Pfeiffer and Helena Bonham Carter co-star.

Prefer camp with your macabre?

Dark Shadows (1966) Check out the cult classic that started it all. Originally conceived as a moody melodrama, this groundbreaking gothic soap found success following the introduction of tormented vampire Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid). From there the Collins family regularly crosses the paths of ghosts, werewolves, and witches. Oh my.

Edward Scissorhands (1990) Or revisit Burton and Depp’s first collaboration, the tale of a modern Frankenstein’s monster with scissors for hands.
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Your Netflix Instant Weekend: Griff The Invisible, Brain Smasher… A Love Story, and more

If you're not one of the... every single person in America going to see The Avengers (or even if you are!), there's plenty of new (or re-added) material on the Instant Netflix service to keep you busy this weekend. Let's take a look at a charming Australian normal dude superhero movie and a '90s direct to video action flick by a guy who directed a movie about one of The Avengers.

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Screen Australia invests $5.6 million across four TV projects

Screen Australia has invested $5.6 million across four TV projects, including a comedy series for Nine, an ABC telemovie and two shows for Network Ten.

Nine's House Husbands tells the story of four modern Australian families through the eyes of stay at home dads. The ten-part series is produced by Sue Seeary and Drew Proffitt and will be directed by Geoff Bennett and Shirley Barrett. The show's stable of seven writers includes Griff the Invisible screenwriter Leon Ford.

After being commissioned by the ABC last October, Essential Media & Entertainment's adaptation of Peter Temple's novel The Broken Shore has also received funding. The adaptation is written by Andrew Knight, directed by Jeffrey Walker and produced by Ian Collie. It follows big-city detective Joe Cashin as he discovers that all may not be as it appears in a quiet coastal town.

FremantleMedia is producing Mr & Mrs Murder for Ten. The 13-part series
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