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Amazon Acquires Natalie Dormer Series “Picnic at Hanging Rock,” Larysa Kondracki to Direct

Natalie Dormer in “Game of Thrones

Margaery Tyrell is making her way to Amazon. Deadline reports that the streaming service has picked up “Picnic at Hanging Rock,” a six-episode Australian period drama toplined by “Game of Thrones” alumna Natalie Dormer. The re-imagining of Joan Lindsay’s 1967 novel is being overseen “The Whistleblower” helmer Larysa Kondracki, who also directed the pilot and two other episodes of the mystery. Beatrix Christian (“Jindabyne”) is credited as script producer and establishing writer, and Alice Addison (“The Hunter”) penned the series.

Scheduled for a 2018 premiere on Amazon Prime Video Us, “Picnic at Hanging Rock” sees Dormer playing English headmistress Mrs. Hester Appleyard, “a woman whose dead husband instructs her daily life and whose peculiarities are surely hiding dark skeletons,” Deadline summarizes. The series “chronicles the mysterious disappearances of three schoolgirls and one teacher on Valentine’s Day 1900. The complex, interwoven narrative follows the subsequent investigation and the event’s far-reaching impact on the students, families, and staff of Appleyard College, and on the nearby township.”

The supporting cast includes Yael Stone (“Orange is the New Black”), Lily Sullivan (“Camp”), and Madeleine Madden (“Tomorrow When the War Began”).

Picnic at Hanging Rock” hails from distributor FremantleMedia International.

“The stylish re-imagining of the provocative ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ story will no doubt capture contemporary audiences across the U.S.,” said Caroline Kusser, Svp, Sales & Distribution for FremantleMedia International in North America. “With fantastic scripts, outstanding cast, and bold editorial direction from Larysa Kondracki, ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ is set to be a must-see series in 2018. We are thrilled to be working with Amazon Prime Video to bring this powerful drama to U.S. screens.”

The show’s world premiere will be on Foxtel in Australia sometime in 2018.

Amanda Brotchie (“Girlboss”) is also among the series’ directors.

Kondracki has helmed episodes of many high-profile series including “Power,” “Legion,” “Better Call Saul,” “Halt and Catch Fire,” “The Americans,” and “The Walking Dead.” When we asked what advice she’d give other female directors, Kondracki responded, “Don’t think too hard about it. You aren’t a ‘female director.’ You’re a director. Just do it.”

Best known for her role on “Game of Thrones,” Dormer’s other credits include “The Tudors,” “Elementary,” and the “Hunger Games” franchise. “It was refreshing to play a character who wasn’t defined by a love entanglement or a marital ambition. She is there because she the best at her job,” she said of her character in the latter, Cressida.

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Film Movement Acquires U.S. Rights to ‘Jasper Jones’ (Exclusive)

Film Movement Acquires U.S. Rights to ‘Jasper Jones’ (Exclusive)
New York-based Film Movement has acquired U.S. rights to “Jasper Jones,” hailed by Variety as the best film to date by Australia’s Rachel Perkins (“Bran Neu Dae”) and a “beautifully composed portrait of life in late-’60s small-town Australia,” capturing “the loss of childhood innocence and the suffocating despair of adulthood.”

Michael E. Rosenberg, president of Film Movement, finalized the deal with Charlotte Mickie, president of Mongrel International.

Based on a beloved same-titled novel by Australia’s Craig Silver, the coming of age tale and murder mystery will celebrate its North America premiere as the closing night film at the Museum of the Moving Image’s tribute to the distributor, Film Movement: A 15th Anniversary Celebration. It screens on July 2.

Carried by a standout young cast of Aaron McGrath, Levi Miller (“Pan”) and Angourie Rice (“The Nice Guys”), and written by Silvey and Shaun Grant (“The Snowtown Murders
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Dave Bautista, Sylvester Stallone, Luc Besson titles get UK deals

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Exclusive: Signature inks deals with Sierra, Europacorp, more.

UK distributor Signature Entertainment has snapped up a raft of Us and international titles including Sylvester Stallone and Dave Bautista action-thriller Escape Plan 2: Hades from Highland.

The sequel to the 2013 Arnie/Stallone action title, which grossed $140m worldwide, is currently in production and set for release in 2018.

In Hades, Stallone’s character Ray Breslin is called on to organize another for-hire security force but when one of his team, the wing chun master Shu (Xiaoming Huang), goes missing – inside a computerized techno-terror battle-maze known as Haze, where human combatants brawl like beasts – Breslin goes back into the secret lock-up to save his friend.

Bautista co-stars as a deadly acquaintance of Breslin’s alongside Jaime King, Jesse Metcalfe and 50 Cent.

From Europacorp the company has picked up heist thriller Renegades, co-written by filmmake-producer Luc Besson and The Magnificent 7 and The Expendables 2 writer Richard Wenk.

Into the Storm director
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Aussie short Iron Spyder makes world debut at Austin’s Fantastic Fest

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Iron Spyder, a short film directed and produced by Melbourne filmmakers Christopher Mitchell and Yoav Lester, has made its world premiere at the Us.s biggest genre festival, Fantastic Fest.

Shot at an underground wrestling event in Melbourne, the film blurs documentary and drama as it follows a young wrestler's experiences on fight night..

Mitchell said his two biggest directorial influences in making the film were Terrence Malik and Gaspar Noé.

The film.s score was composed by Mick Harvey (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Pj Harvey) and Michael Lira (The Hunter, Wyrmwood) with sound design from Big Bang Sound's Wayne Pashley (Mad Max: Fury Road, The Lego Movie) and cinematography by veteran Australian camera operator Leigh Mackenzie (The Thin Red Line, Blood Diamond).

.We were lucky enough to secure our Dop Leigh Mackenzie —.who in fact shot a great deal of The Thin Red Line.— purely
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Wamg Giveaway – Win the Hard Target 2 Blu-ray

The danger is real. Would you survive the hunt?

The danger is real. Would you survive the hunt?

A disgraced mixed martial artist is forced into a deadly game of cat and mouse in the jungles of Thailand in Hard Target 2, which debuted on Blu-ray™ combo pack, DVD and Digital HD on September 6, 2016, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. A hard-driving action-thriller, the Universal 1440 Entertainment original production includes Director’s Commentary as well as over 20 minutes of exclusive bonus features that take the audience behind the scenes of the ultimate manhunt.

Now you can own the new Hard Target 2 Blu-ray. We Are Movie Geeks has four copies to give away. All you have to do is a leave a comment below and answer this question: What is you favorite movie with the word ‘Hard’ in the title? (mine is Hard Times). It’s so easy. Well be picking the winners next week.
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Lee Marvin Died 29 Years Ago Today – Here Are His Ten Best Films

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, and Tom Stockman

Lee Marvin rose through the ranks of movie stardom as a character actor, delivering mostly villainous supporting turns in many films before finally graduating to leading roles. Regardless of which side of the law he was on however, he projected a tough-as-nails intensity and a two-fisted integrity which elevated even the slightest material. Born February 19, 1924, in New York City, Marvin quit high school to enter the Marine Corps and while serving in the South Pacific was badly wounded in battle when a machine gun nest shot off part of his buttocks and severed his sciatic nerve. He spent a year in recovery before returning to the U.S. where he began working as a plumber. The acting bug bit after filling in for an ailing summer-stock actor and he studied the art at the New York-based American Theater Wing. Upon making his debut in summer stock,
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Aftrs unveils new heads of producing, editing, screenwriting and more

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Roland Gallois, Aftrs' new Head of Editing.

Aftrs has unveiled its new Heads of Producing, Screenwriting, Editing, Sound, Radio, Design and Interactive.

Head of Editing is Roland Gallois, Head of Sound is Stephen Murphy, Head of Producing is Peter Herbert, Head of Screenwriting is Dr Pieter Aqulia, Head of Radio is Fyona Smith, Head of Screen Studies is Matt Campora, Head of Design is Igor Nay and Head of Interactive is Catherine Gleeson.

.This is an impressive group of people who will bring tremendous skills and creative vision to their roles," said Aftrs CEO Neil Peplow..

"As the School implements its new strategic plan, Future Vision 2021, these Heads of Disciplines will take responsibility for their specialist subject area across the entire suite of course offerings, ensuring integrated learning and a cohesive, comprehensive approach."

Roland Gallois' credits in the cutting room include features Samson and Delilah, Slow West, The Hunter and Manny Lewis.
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Amazon Prime Video Takes U.S. Rights to Australian Drama ‘The Kettering Incident’ (Exclusive)

Amazon Prime Video Takes U.S. Rights to Australian Drama ‘The Kettering Incident’ (Exclusive)
Amazon Prime Video has acquired exclusive U.S. rights from BBC Worldwide North America to season one of Australian drama “The Kettering Incident.” The show, which stars Elizabeth Debicki (“The Night Manager”) and Matthew Le Nevez (“Offspring”), will be available to Amazon subscribers from Sept. 30.

The Kettering Incident,” which won the Special Jury Prize at the Series Mania Festival in Paris, was co-created by Tasmanian writer Victoria Madden (Lynda La Plante’s “Trial and Retribution,” “The Bill,” “Halifax Fp”) and producer Vincent Sheehan (“Animal Kingdom,” “The Hunter,” “The Rover”), and shot entirely in Tasmania.

The series tells the story of Anna Macy (Debicki), a doctor who left the town of Kettering when she was 14, shortly after her best friend disappeared while they were playing in the forest. “Anna returns 15 years later to a town struggling to survive — torn apart by clashes between environmentalists and loggers. Anna’s reappearance causes a stir. Theories
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Hard Target 2 On Blu-ray and DVD September 6

The danger is real. Would you survive the hunt?

A disgraced mixed martial artist is forced into a deadly game of cat and mouse in the jungles of Thailand in Hard Target 2, debuting on Blu-ray™ combo pack, DVD and Digital HD on September 6, 2016, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. A hard-driving action-thriller, the Universal 1440 Entertainment original production includes Director’s Commentary as well as over 20 minutes of exclusive bonus features that take the audience behind the scenes of the ultimate manhunt.

Global action star Scott Adkins (The Bourne Ultimatum, The Expendables 2) heads up an international cast alongside Robert Knepper (“Prison Break,” Hitman), Rhona Mitra (Shooter, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans), Ann Truong (“Sonnigsburg,” “Neighbours”), Temuera Morrison (Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, Green Lantern), Adam Saunders (“Blue Water High,” A Heartbeat Away), Jamie Timony (The Hunter, The Eye of the Storm), Peter Hardy (Chopper, “Sweat”), Sean Keenan (“Lockie Leonard,
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Producer Liz Watts joins 'Mary Magdalene'

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The founder of Sydney-based Porchlight Films has teamed up with the UK’s See-Saw Films on the prestige drama ahead of a European production start later this year.

Tahar Rahim is in talks to play Judas in the biopic alongside Rooney Mara in the title role. Joaquin Phoenix in is negotiations to play Jesus and Chiwetel Ejiofor is in talks to play the apostle Peter.

Garth Davis will direct from a screenplay by Helen Edmundson and Philippa Goslett.

Watts, who launched Porchlight in 1997 with producer Vincent Sheehan and co-director Anita Sheehan, collaborated with See-Saw on 2012 drama Dead Europe.

Her credits include David Michôd’s Animal Kingdom, The Hunter starring Willem Dafoe, The Rover starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson, and Little Fish with Cate Blanchett.

She most recently served as executive producer on eight-part detective series The Kettering Incident and is working in the same role on the feature adaptation of Jasper Jones starring Levi Miller, [link
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Screenworks to bring leading drama executives to the Northern Rivers

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Drama writer Rebecca Ingram with long time Screenworks member Andy Bambach.

Screenworks will bring leading film and TV drama executives to the Nsw Northern Rivers for Meet the Decision Makers, a one day seminar on August 8..

Guest speakers will include head of drama at Foxtel, Penny Win, whose commissions include Wentworth and The Kettering Incident; managing director at Porchlight Pictures Anita Sheehan, whose credits include The Rover and The Hunter; executive vice president of Entertainment One, Jude Troy, who has projects in development with Foxtel, Netflix as well as local and international networks; and head of development and production at Screen Nsw, Sophia Zachariou.

Last time Screenworks brought a panel of guest speakers to the region it was a career changing moment for local writer Rebecca Ingram, who had her drama project optioned by Goalpost Pictures.

.To have the opportunity to meet with screen industry executives has been extremely beneficial for my career,
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The Kettering Incident set for July 4 world premiere

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The Kettering Incident on location. -. Sleeping Beauty, Huon Valley, Tasmania. Photo: Ben King.

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The Kettering Incident, a gripping mystery with otherworldly overtones, will make its world premiere on July 4..

Australian and international expectations for the series continue to build after the show won the Special Jury Prize at the Series Mania Festival in Paris last week..

The eight episode series stars The Night Manager.s Elizabeth Debicki with Matthew Le Nevez.

The series boasts an impressive cast including Henry Nixon, Anthony Phelan, Damon Gameau, Damien Garvey, Sacha Horler, Sianoa Smit-McPhee, Ben Oxenbould, Suzi Dougherty, Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Dylan Young and Neil Pigot. .Many Tasmanian actors feature in the series including Alison Whyte, Kris McQuade, Brad Kannegiesser, Katie Robertson, Marcus Hensley, Nathan Spencer and Matt Burton.

Tasmanian writer Victoria Madden (Lynda La Plante.s Trial and Retribution, The Bill, Halifax Fp) is co-creator of The Kettering Incident with Vincent Sheehan (Animal Kingdom,
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Making a feature on a dime with Pawno's Paul Ireland and Damian Hill

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Malcolm Kennard and Mark Coles Smith in Pawno.

Actors turned filmmakers Paul Ireland and Damian Hill met doing a play with storied character actor John Brumpton (Romper Stomper, The Hunter).

In Pawno, the pair's first feature as director and screenwriter respectively, Brumpton plays the owner of a Footscray pawn shop and Hill his employee.

Hill started writing the script during the course of the play's run, and afterwards sent it to Ireland, who agreed to direct it.

"Over a three year period we kept developing the script, cutting it down, making it tight, and raising the finance to make it independently", said Ireland.

The film was financed entirely by private donations, a process which "took a long time, but we got the right people in the end", Hill told If.

The screenwriter-star describes the gradual evolution of the script as a process of winnowing.

"We went back and forth with the characters for ages.
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Series Mania: Vicki Madden, Vincent Sheehan on ‘The Kettering Incident’

Series Mania: Vicki Madden, Vincent Sheehan on ‘The Kettering Incident’
Paris — Making its world premiere in Competition, Foxtel’s eight-part series “The Kettering Incident” arrived as one of the more rarefied entries at this year’s Series Mania in Paris. Presented by creators Vicki Madden and Vincent Sheehan, the show – described down under as “Tasmanian Gothic” – quickly drew good word of mouth, compared favorably by one U.S. exec to the Australian breakout hit “Top Of The Lake.” Set to screen later this year, the series is the first show to be fully financed by the Australian subscription service Foxtel and tells the story of Anna Macy (Elizabeth Debicki), a doctor who returns to her Tasmanian roots after a long time abroad. Back home, in a close-knit logging town, she finds herself caught up in the cases of two girls who mysteriously disappeared in identical circumstances 15 years apart. Here, Madden and Sheehan reveal some of the show’s myriad secrets…
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Batman v Superman sets new pre-summer record with $170.1 million domestic opening weekend

It’s had a tough time with critics, but that hasn’t stopped Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice from enjoying a record-breaking weekend in North America, with Warner Bros. DC superhero epic pulling in $170.1 million over the Easter weekend.

The film has registered the sixth-biggest opening of all-time, and set records for the biggest Easter opening (overtaking Fast & Furious 7’s $147.2 million), biggest March and pre-summer opening (beating The Hunter Games‘ $152.5 million), and biggest opening for a DC movie (previously The Dark Knight Rises on $160.9 million). In fact, it’s also delievred Warner its best-ever opening weekend, a record that had been held by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 on $169.2 million).

We’re still waiting on the international numbers; the film had been tipped for a $350 million global bow, but will likely exceed that estimate. We’ll keep you posted.

See Also: Read our reviews of
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Toni Collette joins Jasper Jones cast

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Toni Collette has joined Levi Miller, Aaron McGrath and Angourie Rice on the cast of Rachel Perkins' Australian feature film Jasper Jones..

Jasper Jones is the film adaptation of the award winning coming of age mystery novel by Craig Silvey.

Collette will play the role of Ruth Bucktin, mother to Charlie Bucktin (Miller)..

The film is set over one eventful summer in 1965 when Charlie, lured by adventure and mystery, experiences the trials of teenage love and discovers what it means to be truly courageous..

Aaaron McGrath has been cast as the titular character Jasper Jones and Rice as the intelligent and mysterious Eliza Wishart, who is also the object of Charlie.s affections.

Producer, Vincent Sheehan said Toni Collette was, quite simply, one of the greatest actors of her generation.

"The depth and insight she will bring to the unique role of Ruth Bucktin and having her work alongside
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Jasper Jones cast revealed at CinefestOZ

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Porchlight Films and Bunya Productions have revealed the cast for feature film Jasper Jones, which is set to start filming in Western Australia on October 26.

The cast will include Levi Miller (Terra Nova, upcoming Pan, Blue Dog), Angourie Rice (These Final Hours, upcoming The Nice Guys) and Aaron McGrath (Glitch)..

The film is an adaption of the award winning coming of age mystery novel by Craig Silvey..

Principal photography is set to commence in October in the south west of Western Australia.

Jasper Jones will be directed by Rachel Perkins (Bran Nue Dae, Radiance, One Night the Moon).

Miller will play bookish 14-year-old, Charlie Bucktin, who over one eventful summer in 1965 navigates small-town racism, hypocrisy and the trials of teenage love.

McGrath has been cast as the titular character, Jasper Jones, while will play the intelligent and mysterious Eliza Wishart, who is also the object of Charlie.s affections.

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Jasper Jones cast revealed at CinéfestOZ

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Porchlight Films and Bunya Productions have revealed the cast for feature film Jasper Jones, which is set to start filming in Western Australia on October 26.

The cast will include Levi Miller (Terra Nova, upcoming Pan, Blue Dog), Angourie Rice (These Final Hours, upcoming The Nice Guys) and Aaron McGrath (Glitch)..

The film is an adaption of the award winning coming of age mystery novel by Craig Silvey..

Principal photography is set to commence in October in the south west of Western Australia.

Jasper Jones will be directed by Rachel Perkins (Bran Nue Dae, Radiance, One Night the Moon).

Miller will play bookish 14-year-old, Charlie Bucktin, who over one eventful summer in 1965 navigates small-town racism, hypocrisy and the trials of teenage love.

McGrath has been cast as the titular character, Jasper Jones, while will play the intelligent and mysterious Eliza Wishart, who is also the object of Charlie.s affections.

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Nettheim family reconnects with Doctor Who

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Currently directing two episodes of Doctor Who, Daniel Nettheim has a family connection with the iconic BBC series.

Nettheim.s late uncle David Nettheim was as an actor who worked in the UK in the 1960s and 70s. In 1967 he played a villain opposite the second Doctor, Patrick Troughton.

.There's a lot of personal connection for me with this show," says Nettheim, who moved with his family to the UK in 2013 after a 15-year career in Oz, where he directed the feature The Hunter and multiple episodes of such shows as Dance Academy, Rush, Spirited, The Secret Life of Us and All Saints.

"I was obsessed with it as a kid when Tom Baker was the Doctor. And my own kids are obsessed with it now.. They convinced me to take the job, even though it means spending months away from the family because production takes place in Cardiff.
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Image Entertainment Invites Odd Thomas into Your Home

Here on Dread Central we always breathe a big ol' sigh of relief when a film we've been talking about for years finally heads home. Such is the case with Odd Thomas, which is at long last primed and ready for mass consumption. Full details await!

From the Press Release

Image Entertainment, an Rlj Entertainment (Nasdaq: Rlje) brand, announces the DVD and Blu-ray/DVD combo release of Odd Thomas.

The action/adventure film, based on the best-selling novel by Dean Koontz, was written and directed by Stephen Sommers (The Mummy, G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra) and stars Anton Yelchin (Star Trek, Fright Night), Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man, The Hunter), and Addison Timlin (Stand Up Guys, That Awkward Moment). Odd Thomas will be available on DVD for a Srp of $29.96 and Blu-ray/DVD combo for a Srp of $34.97.

Small-town fry cook Odd Thomas (Yelchin) is an ordinary guy with a
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