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Daniel Radcliffe heads to Queensland for major international production

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Daniel Radcliffe is heading down under for the production of Jungle in Queensland.

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Queensland is set host the production of major international film, Jungle, which will provide about 100 screen industry jobs and inject $5.4 million into the local economy.

The Arclight Films/Screen Australia production, starring Daniel Radcliffe, is based on Yossi Ghinsberg's bestselling memoir of the same name and will be shot in South East Queensland as well as at Village Roadshow studios.

Jungle is produced by Dana Lustig (Dancing at the Blue Laguna, Thousand Kisses Keep), Gary Hamilton (Lord of War, Bait 3D, The Bank Job), Mike Gabrawy (Resident Evil, Bait 3D, Outcast), and Greg Mclean (Wolf Creek, The Darkness). Executive producer is Todd Fellman (Bait 3D, A Few Best Men).

Queensland-based producer Todd Fellman (Daybreakers, Mental), of Story Bridge Films, is behind the production and is working with Arclight Films.

It is directed by Greg McLean (Wolf Creek,
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Berlin: Memento’s Artscope Acquires Berlin Generation 14plus Opener ‘Girl Asleep’ (Exclusive)

Berlin: Memento’s Artscope Acquires Berlin Generation 14plus Opener ‘Girl Asleep’ (Exclusive)
Artscope, Paris-based Memento Film Intl.’s new talent label, has acquired international sales rights to “Girl Asleep,” the Australian rites-of-passage fantasy drama that opens Berlin’s 2016 Generation 14plus, one of the festival’s biggest sidebars.

The first feature of Rosemary Myers, the artistic director of Adelaide’s Windmill Theatre, comedy-laced “Girl Asleep” hits Berlin with a good buzz off its world premiere at the Adelaide Film Festival where its screenings were the fastest selling film in the festival’s 13-year-old history. “Girl Asleep” went on to win the Aff’s 2015 Foxtel Movies Audience Award.

Set in a vintage brown-and-yellow ‘70s Australia of flared trousers, laden timber décor and eye-popping colored wallpaper, “Girl Asleep” plumbs the contradictory, wrenching and often downright excruciating daily and fantasy life of near-15 Greta Driscoll, kicking off with her first day at a new school, befriended by the class nerd and picked upon by the school bitches.
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Joss Moorhouse to explore music and love

Buoyed by the successful launch of The Dressmaker, Jocelyn Moorhouse is heading to Germany later this month to continue developing her next feature and to mentor emerging writers.

Continuing her collaboration with producer Sue Maslin, she is scripting a 19th Century drama based on the real-life romantic triangle between German composer Robert Schumann, his composer-pianist wife Clara and the young Johannes Brahms.

The writer-director got the idea from Hollywood composer James Newton Howard (who scored her husband P.J. Hogan.s Peter Pan and My Best Friend.s Wedding) while she was researching another project which focusses on creative couples.

After a suicide attempt Schumann died in an asylum for the insane in 1856, aged 46. .Robert was a mentor to Brahms, who eclipsed him,. Joss tells If. .It.s a quite tragic and beautiful story..

Moorhouse will undertake more historical research on the project when she is in Germany for the eQuinoxe
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Heath Ledger Scholarship winner named

When Matt Levett was nominated for this year.s Heath Ledger Scholarship along with 17 other rising talents, the actor didn.t fancy his chances amongst what he described as a .an intimidating. line-up.

So he was both stunned and stoked to win the award presented on Monday night Us time in Los Angeles.

The 2009 Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts (Waapa) graduate says the $US10,000 cash prize will enable him to further his ambitions in Hollywood.

.It will give me the ability to stay longer and give me a foot in the door,. says Levett, who first went to the Us last September/October, when he signed with the Gersh Agency. The runners-up are fellow Waapa graduate Emilie Cocquerel and Lily Sullivan, who each get a round-trip ticket to Los Angeles and a scholarship to attend Masterclasses at Screenwise Film & TV School for actors in Sydney.

On behalf of the judges,
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Producers urged to avoid the middle ground

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
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Mordaunt to direct war correspondent biopic

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
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Whoops…Did I Do That?: Top 10 Film Bumblers and Stumblers

The world of cinema certainly has had its share of sympathetic bumbling and stumbling characters rich in both comedic and tragic layers and anything else in between. Some of these movie misfits are misunderstood and actually more aware then they appear. The combination of being slow-witted, clumsy, awkward, inept, unstable–it all has its entertaining points in the hapless scheme of things. Importantly, these bumbling and stumbling film figureheads generate a kind of loose-minded and in some cases underlying poignancy that resonates so soundly for global moviegoers to observe with embraced enthusiasm.

So let us take a look at a selection of klutzy candidates (both in seriousness and silliness) that inspire us to chuckle and root for in the column Whoops…Did I Do That?: Top 10 Film Bumblers and Stumblers (Note: the listing of the choices below are not in any particular order of preference):

1.) Forrest Gump from
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Finalists for Heath Ledger scholarship announced

James Mackay with Kim Ledger

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The pool of talented young Australian actors is so vast the judges of the Heath Ledger Scholarship presented by Australians in Film have named 20 finalists this year, up from the usual 15.

That.s a real stamp of approval considering the calibre of the judges: Collin Farrell, Miranda Otto, directors Gregor Jordan and Robert Luketic, casting director Ann Fay (Anzac Girls, Packed to the Rafters) and Randi Hiller, VP of feature casting at Walt Disney Studios.

The winner of the sixth annual scholarship, which fosters the education and career development of young Australian actors in the Us, will be announced in Los Angeles on June 12.

The prizes include $10,000 cash, a two year scholarship at Stella Adler Academy of Acting and Theatre in Los Angeles, two return flights to La. including attendance at the announcement ceremony and a second flight when he or she is ready to break into the market,
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The top 25 underappreciated films of 2011

Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 13 Mar 2014 - 05:44

Our voyage through history's underappreciated films arrives at the year 2011, and a great year for lesser-seen gems...

Even a cursory glance at the top 10 grossing films of 2011 reveals something strange: nine of the entries are sequels. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 brought the fantasy franchise to a close with a staggering $1.3bn haul. Transformers: Dark Of The Moon wasn't too far behind with just over $1.1bn. On Stranger Tides continued the Pirates Of The Caribbean series' wave of success, despite mixed reviews.

Elsewhere in the top 10, you'll find another Twilight, a fourth Mission: Impossible, a second Kung Fu Panda, a fifth Fast, another Hangover, and further Cars. Standing alone on the list is The Smurfs, the adaptation of Peyo's Belgian comic strip. In fact, 2011 saw the release of no fewer than 28 sequels - the most we've yet seen in any given year.
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Us breaks for Don Hany, Natasha Bassett

After 15 years of impressive. work in Australian films and TV series, Don Hany has the chance to make a name for himself in the Us.

Meanwhile young Aussie actress Natasha Bassett has scored a role in a Fox network comedy pilot, Here.s Your Damn Family.

Hany, who starred in The Broken Shore, Serangoon Road, Devils Dust and Offspring, has landed the lead role in Warriors, the pilot for a Us drama series.

Hany will play George Mann, a trauma surgeon for a Us military hospital inspired by the Walter Reed Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Caring for injured servicemen takes its toll on Hany.s character. The pilot was written by Chris Keyser (Party of Five, Sisters) and will be produced by Mandeville TV and ABC Studios for the ABC network.

Bassett, whose credits include Mental, Rake, Wild Boys and the Oz-shot NBC series Camp, will play a
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I'm Still Not Over... 'United States of Tara' getting canceled

I'm Still Not Over... 'United States of Tara' getting canceled
Some shows stay on the air for so long, there’s seemingly no end in sight (Grey’s Anatomy, I’m looking at you), and others, like United States of Tara, leave us far too soon. The Showtime dramedy focused on a woman with dissociative identity disorder (what you may know as multiple personality disorder) and how she and her family deal with her many alters. And after three seasons on the air, it was canceled.

Mental illness isn’t something usually depicted on television in a realistic, humanizing way, if it’s even depicted at all. But United States of Tara
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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: Australian films released in the Us

Box Office Mojo has updated its list of the top-grossing films released in the Us this year, which includes seven Australian titles.

Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby is the stand-out, raking in $US144.8 million in the Us and a worldwide total of $348.8 million.

Wayne Blair's The Sapphires fetched $2.5 million in the Us and $20.5 million globally, according to Box Office Mojo.

Cate Shortland.s Lore earned $970,000 in the Us, an impressive total for a German-language title.

Adore, French director Anne Fontaine.s first English-language film, took a disappointing $302,000. Hopscotch eOne will launch the romantic drama starring Naomi Watts and Robin Wright as lifelong friends who fall in love with each other.s sons in November, retitled Adoration.

Justin McMillan and Christopher Nelius' Storm Surfers 3D collected $117,000 and Kieran Darcy-Smith's Wish You Were Here made $46,000.

Several Aussie films had a limited theatrical release as a platform for DVD and Video-on-Demand so their B.
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Gibney set to tackle The Killing Field

Rebecca Gibney is set to star in and co-produce The Killing Field, a telemovie for the Seven network.

She.ll play the leader of a task force that.s sent to a country town to investigate a shocking crime.

The concept and screenplay came from Sarah Smith and Michaeley O'Brien. Samantha Lang (The Monkey.s Mask, episodes of My Place and Packed to the Rafters ) will direct.

Bill Hughes and Smith are producing for Seven, with Gibney as co-producer. Seven.s head of drama Julie McGauran is executive producer.

Smith co-created and produced with McGuaran Wild Boys and Rescue Special Ops for Southern Star Entertainment.

O.Brien.s screenwriting credits include episodes of Serangoon Road, Underbelly, Rescue Special Ops, City Homicide, McLeod.s Daughters, Sea Patrol and Blue Heelers.

Lang most recently directed Carlotta, the ABC telemovie which stars Jessica Marais as an Australian transgender pioneer who was a colourful figure in Kings Cross.
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Children of the Digital Revolution: Why Shiff made the switch

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Shooting Mako - Island of Secrets.

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When veteran cinematographer Don McAlpine gave his Raymond Longford Award acceptance speech at the 2012 Aacta luncheon he couldn.t have known that his remarks would spur producer Jonathan M. Shiff to make the leap into digital acquisition.

.I sat in the audience and saw this great master .Jedi. and when he talked about his excitement of shooting Mental on digital and all of the excitement of entering an industry at this point... I just thought if this guy is so excited about digital formats, then we should make the jump..

The then-temporary closure of the Village Roadshow Film Lab while shooting upcoming Ten series Reef Doctors (on 35mm film stock) also encouraged the producer to go digital on H20 spin-off series, Mako . Island of Secrets. After a range of camera tests, the Arri Alexa was selected.

.It produced really good on-screen results: it handled
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The Hey U Guys Instant Watching Guide – September 9th 2013

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Now that the kids have gone back to school, things have gotten relatively quiet in the streaming wars. One thing that alarms though is in looking at the list below, you see the usual titles from late last year being added to Now TV, Lovefilm etc, but where is the new stuff on Netflix? Sure they have added some good catalogue stuff but Gambit is their only title? Really?

It’s not looking good for Netflix which sucks because as I have said before, their software and its reliability and ease of use would mean they would have this war all sewn up if they could just land the big films the way Lovefilm and Now TV are doing, The Hobbit and Breaking Bad are their only recent big wins since Orange is the New Black. With the other big ones averaging at least one huge new title a week,
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Way, Way Back

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 22, 2013

Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray $39.99

Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Acclaimed comedy The Way, Way Back is from the writing team behind the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar winner The Descendants.

The coming-of-age movie tells the story of shy 14-year-old Duncan (Liam James, TV’s The Killing), who’s dragged on vacation by his mom (Toni Collette, Mental) and her overbearing boyfriend (Steve Carell, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World). At a local water park, Duncan makes friends with gregarious Owen (Sam Rockwell, Seven Psychopaths), and the two form a powerful bond. Over the summer, Duncan learns to swim through the challenges of life, love, family and friendship.

The PG-13 film also stars Maya Rudolph (TV’s Up All Night), Allison Janney (The Help), AnnaSophia Robb (Soul Surfer), Rob Corddry (Warm Bodies) and Amanda Peet (Identity Thief).

Writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash also directed The Way,
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Us critics go cold on Drift

Sam Worthington may be a big star in Hollywood action-adventures but Drift, the Australian surfing- set drama in which he co-stars with Myles Pollard and Xavier Samuel, has had a limited release in the Us.

Wrekin Hill Entertainment, which bought North American rights last September, launched the film at 11 cinemas on August 2, a month after the title debuted on Video-on-Demand platforms.

The Us critics gave the film featuring Pollard and Samuel as brothers who build a surfboard/surfwear business in the 1970s, with Worthington as their hippie photographer mate, a cool reception.

As of today, the distributor had not reported any figures to Rentrak, Box Office Mojo, The Numbers or other web sites which track the Us box-office.

Australian films released in Us cinemas and on VoD platforms have not fared well this year. Mental earned just $18,000 in ticket sales and 100 Bloody Acres made $6,000, according to Box Office Mojo.

Expectations
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NPR Host to ‘Screw Everyone’ With New Movie (Exclusive)

Ophira Eisenberg’s comic memoir “Screw Everyone: How I Slept My Way to Monogamy” is headed for the big screen with Zucker Prods. acquiring feature rights.

Eisenberg, host of the weekly National Public Radio and Wnyc game show “Ask Me Another,” recounted more than a decade and a half of relationships in “Screw Everyone” with an attitude of saying “yes” to nearly everything before getting married. The tome starts in the seventh grade in Calgary, Canada, with her first boyfriend and first kiss.

“If we were talking about food, I’d be considered ‘adventurous,’ in wine circles, ‘unpretentious,’ and in dating terms, ‘a slut,’” she said in the introduction.

Janet Zucker told Variety that she’s started meeting with writers about the adaptation. She decided to seek the rights to “Screw Everyone” while reading the book during production of a TV version of Hallmark Channel’s “Dear Dumb Diary,” on
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Aussie-shot series Camp set for Us debut

When Camp premieres in the Us on NBC next Wednesday at 10pm, few if any viewers will know the series set in a Us summer camp was shot in Australia with an Aussie cast.

Just how many Americans tune in, and how they respond, will be fascinating to see.

Executives from the Australian networks who saw the pilot episode at the La Screenings say the show has a flawed premise and has little or no hope of drawing an audience, at least in Australia.

Created by Liz Heldens (Friday Night Lights) and Peter Elkoff (Gossip Girl), it stars Rachel Griffiths as Mack Granger, the newly-divorced camp director/owner who is looking for a fresh start.

Rodger Corser plays Aussie Roger Shepard (all the other characters are American) who owns an upscale camp across the lake. He offers to buy her out and a love-hate relationship ensues. In the pilot there
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