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Channel Nine to bring Gallipoli to the small screen in 2015

28 November 2012 9:10 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Production on a television drama about the 1915 Gallipoli landing will begin next year.

Channel Nine has announced its commitment to the production, which will screen in 2015 in honour of the 100th anniversary of the battle.

The network has stated the series will be the .most ambitious television drama in Australian history..

By the time it hits Australian screens, Gallipoli will have been three years in the making and will be over eight hours in length.

Channel Nine has described the series as being, .the definitive dramatization of the battle that shaped the Anzac legend..

Gallipoli is set to look at not only the experiences of the Australian diggers in the trenches, but the Turkish soldiers, the wives and families back at home, the journalists who reported on the battle and the political intrigue in Australia and London.

The series will be directed by Glendyn Ivin (Beaconsfield, Puberty Blues) and produced by John Edwards (Howzat! »

- Emily Blatchford

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New Prisoner series, Wentworth, begins shoot next week as cast revealed

3 October 2012 4:49 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Wentworth, the new drama based on iconic Australian TV series Prisoner, starts production in Melbourne next week.

The 10-part series will be filmed on a purpose-built women.s prison, the Wentworth Detention Centre, where inmates and corrections staff will be forced to forge unlikely friendships to survive on the inside.

The cast includes Danielle Cormack (Underbelly Razor, Rake) as Wentworth.s latest arrival, suburban wife and mum Bea Smith; Nicole Da Silva (Rush, East West 101) as Gen Y lesbian Franky Doyle; Celia Ireland (Laid, All Saints) as earthy Liz Birdsworth; and Shareena Clanton as young Aboriginal woman Doreen Anderson.

Catherine McClements (Rush, Water Rats) and Kate Atkinson (Offspring, Rush) play Governor Meg Jackson and her deputy Vera Bennett. Aaron Jeffery (Underbelly Badness, McLeod.s Daughters) and Robbie Magasiva (Shortland Street) are corrections officers Matthew .Fletch. Fletcher and Will Jackson. Leeanna Walsman (Underbelly Badness) plays progressive and crusading lawyer Erica Davidson. »

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The Sapphires and Not Suitable For Children top Awgie Awards

26 August 2012 6:05 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

The 45th annual Australian Writer.s Guild Awgie Awards, held at Doltone House in Sydney, have honoured local productions including The Sapphires, Not Suitable for Children and The Slap.

Hosted by Roy and Hg.s John Doyle, the event was attended by key industry figures and featured Australian writing talent from across film, theatre, television, radio and animation.

Tony Briggs and Keith Thompson work on The Sapphires earned them an Awgie Award for Most Outstanding Script of 2012 and another for best Feature Film Adaption. Up-and-comer Michael Lucas also collected two awards, for an episode of the television show Offspring and in the Feature Film Original category for Not Suitable For Children.

The teams behind The Slap and The Straits won AWGIEs for Best Mini Series Adaption and Television Mini Series . Original respectively. Brides of Christ and The Leaving of Liverpool scribe Susan Smith cemented her place as a Australian scriptwriting »

- Anthony Soegito

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Nim's Island 2, starring Bindi Irwin, begins filming in Queensland

6 August 2012 8:49 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Family adventure film Nim's Island 2, starring Bindi Irwin, has begun shooting on the Gold Coast.

The film also stars Us actor Matthew Lillard (The Descendants, Scooby Doo), who plays marine scientist Jack, the father of Nim (Bindi Irwin), as well as local actors John Waters (Looking Through the Glass Onion, Offspring), Toby Wallace (Surviving Georgia, Neighbours), Nathan Derrick (Rush, Bed of Roses), Sebastian Gregory (Neighbours, Accidents Happen) and Jack Pearson (Winners & Losers).

The original Nim's Island grossed $US48 million in North America and almost $6.2 million at the Australian box office. While it was shot in Queensland, it did not qualify as an Australian production, unlike the sequel which is now underway.

Nim's Island was a far bigger production, starring Jodi Foster, and was distributed by Universal. The sequel will be distributed in Australia by Pinnacle Films, which has specialised in limited theatrical releases, while international distribution is being handled by Walden Entertainment. »

- Brendan Swift

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Awg unveils 2012 Awgie Award nominees

10 July 2012 4:25 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

The nominees for this year's Awgie awards include the scribes behind local films such as The Sapphires, The Eye of the Storm, Wish You Were Here and TV programs such as Mabo, Beaconsfield, and Underbelly.

Battling in the feature film adaptation category will be Judy Morris. The Eye of the Storm, starring Geoffrey Rush and Judy Davies, and The Sapphires from Keith Thompson and Tony Briggs. Michael Lucas has also been nominated for his first original feature, Not Suitable for Children while Last Dance by Terence Hammond and David Pulbrook and drama Wish You Were Here, written by Kieran Darcy-Smith and Felicity Price, have also been nominated.

Among television nominees, the team of writers behind The Slap and Underbelly: Razor have been nominated as well as Susan Smith for indigenous telemovie Mabo, and Judi McCrossin for Beaconsfield. Michael Lucas was also nominated for the television series Offspring while three scripts »

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Offspring goes Epic

19 June 2012 4:54 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

This article was originally published in If Magazine #145 (Feb - March 2012). The third series of Offspring is currently screening on Ten.

The Red Epic has quickly gained a stronghold among big-budget 3D feature films: highly-anticipated features such Peter Jackson.s The Hobbit trilogy, Ridley Scott.s Prometheus and Bryan Singer.s Jack the Giant Killer among them.

But the appeal of the camera.s small size, 3D capabilities and increased resolution has not been limited to the big end of town. Popular local drama Offspring is the first local TV series to add an Epic to its Red-dominated camera lineup.

Cinematographer John Brawley says the camera size . which is less than half that of the Red Mx . and its ability to shoot at 300 frames per second was part of the appeal.

.Offspring has a kind of chaotic style in terms of its coverage approach and that just gives us more »

- Brendan Swift

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The Weinstein Company Acquires Australian Charmer The Sapphires

15 May 2012 11:50 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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

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The Weinstein Company Acquires The Sapphires

15 May 2012 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

The Weinstein Company announced today that the studio has acquired The Sapphires , directed by Wayne Blair and starring Chris O'Dowd, Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens and Miranda Tapsell. Here's the release: The Weinstein Company (TWC) 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 »

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Filming commences on ABC telemovie The Mystery of a Hansom Cab

29 April 2012 5:30 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Filming has commenced in Melbourne on ABC telemovie The Mystery of a Hansom Cab.

The Burberry Entertainment production. is an adaptation of the 1886 novel of the same name by Fergus Hume.

The story follows the consequences of a fateful night when two men get into a hansom cab, but only one comes out alive. The book, which was last adapted for the screen in 1926, is often described as the first international crime blockbuster.

The cast includes Shane Jacobson (Beaconsfield), Anna McGahan (Underbelly: Razor), Helen Morse (The Eye of the Storm), Oliver Ackland (The Slap) and John Waters (Offspring).

"We are thrilled to be making this stunning period piece which exquisitely depicts Melbourne in the midst of a 19th century population and economic boom," said Burberry Entertainment chief executive Ewan Burnett in a statement.

The telemovie is written by Glen Dolman, produced by Margot McDonald and directed by Shawn Seet.

Shooting »

- Amanda Diaz

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Aussie actors cast in Netflix series Hemlock Grove

16 April 2012 10:57 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Two Australian actresses have joined the cast of Netflix's supernatural series Hemlock Grove.

Penelope Mitchell (Rush, Offspring) and Freya Tingley (X, Cloudstreet) will join Famke Janssen and Bill Skarsgard in the 13-part series, which is executive produced by Eli Roth.

Hemlock Grove centres around the murder of a young girl whose body is found close to a former steel mill.

Rather than following the traditional television delivery method of releasing an episode each week, Netflix will make the entire series downloadable on debut.

Mitchell is represented by Jm Agency and Tingley is represented by Smith & Jones Management. »

- Amanda Diaz

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Hamish Blake takes out the gold logie but ABC dominates

15 April 2012 6:58 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Loving the underdog is what Aussies are all about, and this was proved again last night at the 54th Annual Logies Awards Ceremony held at Crown Palladium in Melbourne.

Despite Carrie Bickmore of Channel 10.s highly successful The Project being the favourite to take out the major gong, the Gold Logie for most popular personality on TV went instead to comedian Hamish Blake of Hamish and Andy.s Gap Year.

In a minor controversy leading up to this unexpected win, while testing its new IPad application the Herald Sun experienced a technical glitch, leading to the publishing of a link to an embargoed press release containing Logies winners an hour prior to the Gold Logie being officially announced during Channel Nine.s coverage.

The link was killed immediately, but not before Google picked it up. In the split second it was available, lucky net-trawlers picked it up and leaked it onto Facebook and Twitter, »

- Paul Bugeja

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Blake Is Toast Of The 2012 Logie Awards

15 April 2012 4:11 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Comedian Hamish Blake's big win at the 2012 Logie Awards was spoiled on Sunday after the news leaked online just hours before the ceremony.

The funnyman was the toast of the Australian TV prizegiving in Melbourne after receiving the evening's highest honour, the Gold Logie, which is presented to the country's most popular personality.

News of his win was posted online before the stars had even walked the red carpet, but Blake was unaware of his triumph, insisting, "Ultimately all that information was kept from me so it was a genuine surprise. I'm glad too because I am not a great actor."

Also receiving major accolades were Ben Rafter's Hugh Sheridan and Offspring's Asher Keddie, who both walked away with Silver Logies for Most Popular Actor and Actress, respectively.

The Slap star Melissa George took home the prize for Outstanding Actress and Rob Carloton of the Paper Giants took home the same award in the male category.

Rapper Flo Rida and singer Seal provided the entertainment for the evening, while Sir Elton John and Delta Goodrem took the stage to pay tribute to music personality Ian 'Molly' Meldrum, who suffered a severe head injury during a fall in December.

The Rocket Man said, "I know I speak for many artists and music lovers around world when I say thank you, there's no one like you," while Goodrem added, "I refer to Molly as the Godfather, he always watches over me and many other artists."

British boy band One Direction closed out the ceremony with a rendition of One Thing. »

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Logie Awards 2012: Winners and nominees in full, gallery

15 April 2012 9:19 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Digital Spy presents a list of winners and nominees from the TV Week Logie Awards 2012, which took place at Crown Towers on Sunday April 15, 2012: 'Most Popular' Awards: TV Week Gold Logie - Most Popular Personality on TV

Adam Hills (Spicks and Specks and Adam Hills in Gordon St Tonight)

Asher Keddie (Offspring and Paper Giants: The Birth Of Cleo)

Carrie Bickmore (The Project)

Esther Anderson (Home and Away)

Hamish Blake (Hamish and Andy's Gap Year) - Winner

Karl Stefanovic (Today) TV Week Silver Logie - Most Popular Actor

Daniel MacPherson (Wild Boys)

Eddie Perfect (Offspring)

Erik Thomson (Packed to the Rafters)

Hugh Sheridan (Packed to the Rafters) - Winner

Ray Meagher (Home and Away) TV Week Silver Logie - Most Popular Actress

Asher (more) »

- By Greg Laing

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Asher Keddie feels "pretty special" after Gold Logies nod

9 April 2012 2:14 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Asher Keddie has revealed that she feels "pretty special" after receiving a Gold Logie nomination. The Australian actress, who is best known for her roles in Offspring and Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo, said that she never used to be a fan of popular awards ceremonies like the Logies but has now changed her mind. Keddie told the Herald Sun: "I used to think it was the industry peer-voted stuff that was most important, but having won 'Most Popular Actress' last year, I think I've changed my mind. "I was thrilled to accept that. It was a great show of faith from [the Offspring] audience to embrace a show that is not always easy to digest. I assume that's why I was celebrated then, so I'm quite keen on the popular awards now." Keddie said of her Gold nomination: "I've never been quite sure what (more) »

- By Rebecca Davies

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ABC1 Christmas comedy starts filming in Sydney

25 March 2012 3:57 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Production on a new six-part comedy series from the team behind Review with Myles Barlow begins this week in Sydney.

This Christmas , which will air on ABC1 later in the year,. follows Dan Moody (Ian Meadows) as he visits the dysfunctional family he moved halfway across the world to escape from.

The series was created by Trent O'Donnell and Phil Lloyd of production company Jungleboys. O'Donnell (Review with Myles Barlow, Laid, Woodley, The Chaser's War on Everything) will direct, while Lloyd (who was seen last year as Tim Mathieson in ABC comedy At Home with Julia) will co-produce and star in the series.

Other cast members include Patrick Brammall (Hawke), Guy Edmonds (Underbelly: Razor) and Jane Harber (Offspring)

Each episode will be set a year apart, focusing on the Moody family as they come together to share the fights, fun, bad gifts, family secrets and boring uncles universally associated with Christmas Day. »

- Staff reporter

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ABC1 Christmas comedy starts filming in Sydney

25 March 2012 3:57 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Production on a new six-part comedy series from the team behind Review with Myles Barlow begins this week in Sydney. This Christmas , which will air on ABC1 later in the year,. follows Dan Moody (Ian Meadows) as he visits the dysfunctional family he moved halfway across the world to escape from. The series was created by Trent O'Donnell and Phil Lloyd of production company Jungleboys. O'Donnell (Review with Myles Barlow, Laid, Woodley, The Chaser's War on Everything) will direct, while Lloyd (who was seen last year as Tim Mathieson in ABC comedy At Home with Julia) will co-produce and star in the series. Other cast members include Patrick Brammall (Hawke), Guy Edmonds (Underbelly: Razor) and Jane Harber (Offspring) Each episode will be set a year apart, »

- Staff reporter

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TV Week Logies announce 2012 nominations

18 March 2012 5:30 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

The nominations for the 2012 TV Week Logies were announced on Sunday, with long-running soap Home and Away and Nine.s Underbelly: Razor leading the pool with seven nominations each.

Home and Away, which has been on air since 1988, received its nominations in the public-voted categories. It is up against Offspring, Packed To The Rafters, Winners And Losers and Underbelly: Razor for most popular drama series.

Esther Anderson (who plays Charlie Buckton) is nominated for both the gold logie for most popular TV personality and the silver logie for most popular actress. Veteran Ray Meagher (aka Alf Stewart) will compete against stars from Wild Boys, Packed to the Rafters and Offspring for most popular actor, while Dan Ewing, Steve Peacocke and Demi Harman are nominated in the most popular new talent categories.

Underbelly: Razor was acknowledged by both the public and industry peers. It earned nods for most popular series, actress »

- Amanda Diaz

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Logie Awards 2012 nominations in full

18 March 2012 3:58 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The nominations for this year's Logie Awards have been announced. Stars up for the prestigious Gold Logie gong at the annual Aussie TV awards due to be held on April 15 include breakfast television host Karl Stefanovic, Home and Away's Esther Anderson, comedian Adam Hills, Offspring actress Asher Keddie, The Project presenter Carrie Bickmore and radio funnyman Hamish Blake. The editor of TV Week magazine, which sponsors the event, said: "We have such a strong list of contenders after fans voted in record numbers this year. The race to see who will win the TV Week Gold Logie is going to be the toughest one yet!" Celebrities in the running for the Silver Logie 'Best Actress' prize are Keddie and Anderson again, plus Underbelly's Danielle Cormack and Packed to (more) »

- By Rebecca Davies

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Offspring actor Jay Ryan cast as 'beast' in Us pilot Beauty and the Beast

6 March 2012 1:39 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Local actor Jay Ryan . best known for Terra Nova and Offspring . may have cracked the tough North American market after being cast as .The Beast. in Us TV drama pilot Beauty and the Beast.

Ryan, who last year played Curran . a murderous security guard on the recently-cancelled dinosaur series Terra Nova, will play .beast. Vincent Koslow in a reboot of the 1980s CBS drama which starred Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman.

He will star opposite .beauty. Kristin Kreuk (Smallville), while other cast members include Austin Basis (Life Unexpected), Nicole Gale Anderson (Jonas) and Nina Lisandrello (Pre). The CW drama series is being described as a modern-day romantic love story with a procedural twist.

It reportedly centres on Catherine (Kreuk), a tough-minded NYPD homicide detective, haunted after witnessing her mother.s murder nine years ago and the killers. quick demise at the hands of a beast. After years of searching, Catherine finally finds the beast, »

- Sam Dallas

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Offspring actor Jay Ryan cast as 'beast' in Us pilot Beauty and the Beast

6 March 2012 1:39 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Local actor Jay Ryan . best known for Terra Nova and Offspring . may have cracked the tough North American market after being cast as .The Beast. in Us TV drama pilot Beauty and the Beast. Ryan, who last year played Curran . a murderous security guard on the recently-cancelled dinosaur series Terra Nova, will play .beast. Vincent Koslow in a reboot of the 1980s CBS drama which starred Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman. He will star opposite .beauty. Kristin Kreuk (Smallville), while other cast members include Austin Basis (Life Unexpected), Nicole Gale Anderson (Jonas) and Nina Lisandrello (Pre). The CW drama series is being described as a modern-day romantic love story with a procedural twist. It reportedly centres on Catherine »

- Sam Dallas

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