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Producers urged to avoid the middle ground

11 September 2014 3:36 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Go big or go small- just avoid the middle ground in Australian film budgets.

That approach is being advocated by some industry executives and producers in response to the global trend which sees many mid-level films being marginalised.

.In light of the recent flight of the indie audiences in Australia and worldwide and the fact that indie films are struggling in the cinematic marketplace, there will be an increasing bifurcation of the production landscape,. predicts Safc CEO Richard Harris.

.There has long been a discussion about what has been dubbed the .dead zone. for feature films, somewhere between $5m-$15m.

.Some Australian producers will continue to see cinema as the main game for their film and therefore they will think about their budget in terms of competing in what is an increasingly difficult theatrical space.

.Others, however, will be . or in many cases already are . thinking about making their film »

- Don Groves

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Blanchett, Redford pic to shoot in Oz

28 August 2014 2:24 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Truth, a Us political drama starring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford, will start shooting in Sydney in early October.

Redford will play former CBS News anchor Dan Rather with Blanchett as his producer Mary Mapes in the film which will mark the directing debut of screenwriter James Vanderbilt, whose credits include the first two instalments of The Amazing Spider-Man, White House Down and Zodiac.

The plot follows the scandal that ensued after Rather reported on 60 Minutes in 2004 that George W. Bush.s father arranged for him to serve in the National Guard to avoid the Vietnam War draft.

Subsequently CBS launched an investigation into whether the documents quoted in the story were forgeries and Mapes was fired for so-called lapses in judgment.

Rather left CBS News in 2006 and then sued CBS, parent company Viacom and senior management for making him a .scapegoat. in the story. The suit was dismissed by »

- Don Groves

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Mordaunt to direct war correspondent biopic

24 July 2014 2:38 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

After shooting his debut film The Rocket in northern Laos and Thailand, Kim Mordaunt will go back to the region to direct a biopic about the legendary Australian combat photo-journalist Neil Davis.

One Crowded Hour is based on Tim Bowden.s biography of that title and is set in Australia, Vietnam and Cambodia.

For more than 20 years from the early 1960s, Davis brought enduring images of the full horror of war directly from the battlefront to the world.s TV.s screens.

After surviving numerous wars he was killed in September 1985 while filming an attempted coup in the streets of Bangkok. His still-running camera recorded his own death.

Andy Cox is writing the screenplay for producers Todd Fellman (Bait, Mental, A Few Best Men) and Lance Kelleher, with Screen Australia funding development.

.We will shoot mostly in Australia and likely Vietnam but are yet to scout in Asia so we »

- Don Groves

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Casting: Cage, Whitaker, Hollander, Samuel

14 May 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Trust

Nicolas Cage and "Boardwalk Empire" star Jack Huston are teaming for Alex and Ben Brewer's crime thriller "The Trust" from the Highland Film Group.

The pair play two evil cops who discover a strangely hidden and guarded safe filled with mysterious contents. Their lust for it unexpectedly thrusts them into a deadly well of corruption leaving them fighting for their lives. [Source: THR]


Forest Whitaker is in talks to join Antoine Fuqua's boxing drama "Southpaw" at The Weinstein Company. The story follows a former fighter (Jake Gyllenhaal) who tries to overcome a personal tragedy to recapture glory and help his young daughter.

The Kurt Sutter-scripted drama is also seeking Rachel McAdams to play the female lead, and Lupita Nyong'o to play the social worker watching out for the man. [Source: Deadline]


Tom Hollander and Daniel Mays will play the lead roles in the pilot for AMC's 18th »

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Cannes: Australian Comedy, ‘A Few Best Men’ Gets Sequel

13 May 2014 11:55 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Dean Craig is to direct “A Few Less Men,” the sequel to Australian comedy hit “A Few Best Men.”

Craig previously wrote the 2011 original Stephan Elliott-directed film (pictured) and has also scripted the new picture.

Kevin Bishop, Kris Marshall and Xavier Samuel will return as the leads in a new story about wedding mayhem. The story is said to involve three men in ill-fitting wedding tuxedos, a coffin and travel plans gone inexplicably awry.

Laurence Malkin, Share Stallings, and Arclight’s Gary Hamilton, the team behind the original hit movie, have partnered with producer Tania Chambers on the sequel. Josh Kesselman will Executive Produce and Daniel Findlay will Co-Produce.

The start date is set for January 2015 in Western Australia.

Arclight Films is again handling international sales.

Malkin, Stallings and Chambers have just completed dark comedy thriller “Kill Me Three Times,” starring Simon Pegg, and Luke Hemsworth.


- Patrick Frater

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Cast set for A Few Best Men sequel

13 May 2014 11:21 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Kevin Bishop, Kris Marshall and Xavier Samuel will reprise their roles in the sequel to Stephan Elliott's 2011 hit comedy A Few Best Men.

Set to shoot next January in Western Australia, A Few Less Men will mark the directing debut of. Dean Craig, who scripted. Death At A Funeral and A Few Best Men.

Craig wrote the sequel, which is said to involve three men in ill-fitting wedding tuxedos, a coffin, travel plans gone inexplicably awry, and more wholly inappropriate behavior.

The script development was funded by Arclight Films, which is launching sales at the Cannes Film Market, and ScreenWest..

Producers Laurence Malkin, Share Stallings and Gary Hamilton, the team behind the original, have partnered with producer Tania Chambers on the sequel. It's the second collaboration in Wa between Malkin, Stallings and Chambers following Kill Me Three Times, the Kriv Stenders-directed darkly comedic thriller starring Simon Pegg, Sullivan Stapleton, »

- Don Groves

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Arclight's 'Best Men' return

13 May 2014 11:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Arclight arrives in Cannes with sales rights to A Few Less Men, the sequel to its 2011 comedy A Few Best Men.

Kevin Bishop, Kris Marshall and Xavier Samuel will reprise their roles and Dean Craig, who wrote the script with development funding from Arclight Films and ScreenWest, will make his feature directorial debut.

Laurence Malkin, Share Stallings and Arclight chief Gary Hamilton will produce A Few Less Men alongside Tania Chambers. Josh Kesselman will serve as executive producer.

The sequel is set to go before the cameras in Western Australia in January 2015.

Plot details remain under the proverbial wraps but what is known is the story will involve three men in ill-fitting wedding tuxedos, a coffin, travel plans gone inexplicably awry and more wholly inappropriate behavior.

“A Few Less Men is destined to be a success,” said Hamilton.

“We have an extremely talented cast and crew who all work incredibly well together, the result »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Movie musical tunes up as Canadian-Oz co-prod

14 April 2014 4:13 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

A movie based on the Tony-winning Broadway musical The Drowsy Chaperone is being developed as a Canadian-Australian co-production.

Geoffrey Rush, who played the character known as Man in the Chair in the Australian stage production, is set to reprise the role in the film, which will be directed by Fred Schepisi.

A tongue-in-cheek tribute to the golden era of Broadway musicals, Cole Porter and George and Ira Gershwin, the plot sees a musical literally bursting to life in the man.s living room, telling the rambunctious tale of a brazen Broadway starlet trying to find, and keep, her true love.

The lead Canadian producer is Rhombus Media.s Niv Fichman, whose credits include Silk, Enemy, Blindness, The Red Violin and Antiviral.

Aussie producer Antonia Barnard has confirmed her involvement .in the early stages.. Also aboard is producer Raquelle David, who spent six months with Fichman in Toronto last year developing the project, »

- Don Groves

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2013 report card: Another tough year for Aussie films

5 January 2014 3:57 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

An analysis of the Australian films released in cinemas in 2013 makes for grim reading, with a handful of critical and/or commercial successes outnumbered by misfires and under-achievers.

On the positive side, the debut films from directors Kim Mordaunt (The Rocket), Catriona McKenzie (Satellite Boy) and Mark Grentell (Backyard Ashes) unearthed talent with plenty of potential.

The year ended on a strong note with the Boxing Day launch of Jonathan Teplitzy.s The Railway Man, which ranks as the second-highest local grosser behind Baz Luhrmann.s The Great Gatsby, which amassed $27.4 million to become the fifth-biggest Australian title of all time.

Tellingly, the drama starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman raked in more money in its first week than the lifetime earnings of every other title. According to If.s estimate, the combined B.O. tally of the 26 local films and documentaries is $38.88 million, well short of 2012.s $47.9 million.

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- Don Groves

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