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An award winning Sydney based content and social media agency has gone into liquidation owing creditors an estimated $65,000.
Dlshs (pronounced Delicious) won best social media campaign at last year’s Aimia awards for its work on promoting independent film The Tunnel.
Dlshs Pty has called in liquidator Murray Godfrey from Rmg Partners. The company’s shareholders voted on September 27 to voluntarily wind up the company. It appear to have changed its name to Forward Digital Media Agency Pacific Pty in recent days.
Documents covering the liquidation
It is unclear whether somebody has bought the Dlshs name or other assets. (Update: A statement to Mumbrella states: “The acquisition of the Dlshs name is currently under negotiation.”)
The Dlshs website is still live, although the telephone today remained unanswered.
Agency boss Ahmed Salama did not return Mumbrella’s calls. At the time of posting, Rmg partners had not responded to Mumbrella’s questions. »
Australian distributor Titan View has picked up the distribution rights to a new documentary Stand in My Shoes.
The film is from Australian co-creators and producers Anna Reeves, Vivienne Somers and co-produced by Ahmed Salama, executive producer on The Tunnel. The film will be directed by Kurt Engfehr, who co-produced Michael Moore films Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11 as well as directing Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead.
The global social change film to be directed by Kurt Engfehr “Stand in My Shoes” has today secured an Australian and New Zealand distribution deal with Titan View, the innovative Australian distribution house responsible for the release of international smash hits “The Jammed”, “33 Postcards” and most recently, the gutsy documentary “This is Roller Derby”.
Stand In My Shoes is a crowd-fuelled social change film that exposes what President Barack Obama has coined as the “empathy deficit” in our world. The film will »
- Colin Delaney
It seems a week doesn't go by at the moment without news that an Australian indie genre flick is about to start shooting. Seriously, there must be growth hormones in the water out here.Now comes news that body-horror love story Love Of My Life, is preparing a whiplash quick shoot in December this year to turnaround the film for release in March 2013! Now that's fast. To kick things off and show they mean business, the production has cast Bel Deliá - last seen going into meltdown as the lead in viral horror The Tunnel. The film also stars Diarmid Heidenreich and Brendan Clearkin. Love Of My Life is written by Liam Barrett and will be co-directed by Barrett and Michael Budd. Here's the synopsis: Inside one of the many operating theatres »
Bel Deliá, star of the indie horror hit The Tunnel, is returning to the genre with the psychological thriller Love of My Life. She'll star opposite Diarmid Heidenreich; Liam Barrett will direct with Michael Budd who also co-stars.
Love Of My Life follows the story of a young man who is held captive by a deranged surgeon and given the choice of surviving five days of torture to save the life of the woman he loves, or to order her killed and be set free.
Shooting is expected to begin this December.
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The creators of viral horror film The Tunnel have been busy, and while they have plenty more horror in development, their next project will see them stretch their legs and prove they can do far more than scare the living crap out of audiences. This next project is called The Crossing, a new adventure documentary that follows follows two young Aussie adventurers, Clark Carter and Chris Bray, as they set off on an expedition in the wilds of the Canadian Arctic. Now comes news that a 25-minute excerpt from the doc will screen as part of the prestigious European Outdoor Film Tour, premiering in Munich on October 10. The tour will play in 200 locations around Europe including Germany, Belgium, France, Italy and the UK. If there was ever a film festival I wanted to attend »
Don’t be afraid, owners of intellectual property. Remakes are a win-win situation for the creators of cult film classics says producer Enzo Tedeschi.
Remakes. They’re everywhere. They’re a constant and no intellectual property is safe. Robocop, Dirty Dancing, Total Recall, Mad Max, even Hitchcock’s The Birds hasn’t escaped the talons of the remake or reboot.
As a film buff, I pitch my tent firmly in the camp of fans who see their much-loved movies as sacred ground. After all, did Spiderman honestly need a reboot just five years after its last sequel?
And will it really be Total Recall without Arnie, or Mad Max without Mel?
As a producer, though, I can totally see why these sorts of remakes, generally of cult classics, are rife. They simply make good business sense: find an intellectual property that could do with some ‘rejuvenation’, plug in the original fanbase and hey presto. »
- Zoe Ferguson
The recent phenomenon of ‘crowd funding’ film projects through sites like Kick-starter has not really borne any real fruit yet.
With projects like the upcoming prequel to Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon being solely funded through Kickstarter donations it’s only a matter of time before one of these projects hits big and changes the system forever. In the meantime after the recent Absentia showed what you can do with performance, atmosphere and a low budget made up of donations, now we have the Australian internet funded movie The Tunnel.
The Tunnel is presented in the faux documentary format and follows the misfortune of a journalist Natasha Warner (Bel Delia) and her crew (Andy Rodoreda, Steve Davis and Luke Arnold) who find an intriguing piece of footage on YouTube that leads then to believe that there may be a story lurking in the sewers below Sydney. They »
- Chris Holt
★☆☆☆☆ Australian director Carlo Ledesma's latest film The Tunnel (2011) wins the gold medal for the most misleading advertising campaign so far this year, due to its promotion as a horror - ironically, the main element that is lacking. In 2007, the New South Wales government abandoned plans to alleviate a sever drought by recycling vast quantities of water found in a series of disused train tunnels beneath Sydney. A year later, journalist Natasha (Bel Deliá) and her team venture into the tunnels to find out why - a decision they may not live to regret.
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- CineVue UK
Welcome to issue 15 of Trailer Trash our series showcasing the latest trailer releases – this issue once again features our all-new “excitement-o-meter” where we rate (in exclamation marks on a scale of 1 to 5) each and every trailer by how excited we are to see the film after watching it. This issue of Trailer Trash includes new trailers for The House at the End of the Street, Killing Them Softly, The Paperboy, The Tunnel, another UK trailer for The Watch, and a new international trailer for Taken 2.
The House at the End of the Street
Seeking a fresh start, newly divorced Sarah (Oscar®-nominee Elisabeth Shue; “Leaving Las Vegas,” “Piranha 3D”) and her daughter Elissa (Oscar®-nominee Jennifer Lawrence; ‘X-Men: First Class,’ ‘Winter’s Bone,’ ‘The Hunger Games’) find the house of their dreams in a small, upscale, rural town. But when startling and unexplainable events begin to happen, Sarah and »
Whether you immediately discard the notion of a documentary-style horror film as a bandwagon leaper you can’t deny that, in the right hands, the recently-revived genre is capabale of worrying the trousers of many of us.
The key point here, among the Paranormal Activities, the Grave Encounters and the [Rec]s of recent years, is to be true to the story you’re telling and not to dash mindlessly through a scary location waving your camera around like a butterlfy net and screaming Wtf and Omg and Btaboag* in the darkness.
This preamble is not to denigrate the work done by Aussie director Carlo Ledesma and his writer/producers Julian Harvey and Enzo Tedeschi as I’ve yet to see their film, The Tunnel, instead I wanted to intorduce this exclusive clip with a modicum of restraint on finding out the method of filmmaking.
The DVD is out on the »
- Jon Lyus
The ‘social change’ film is based on the ‘empathy deficit’, a term coined by President Obama, cautioning against the dangers of a world without empathy.
Australian co-creators and producers Anna Reeves, Vivienne Somers with producer Elizabeth Nakano and creative director/executive producer Ahmed Salama who was Ep on The Tunnel have teamed with Engfehr, co-producer of Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11 and director of The Yes Men Save The World.
Craig Davis, chief creative officer of Publicis Mojo and co-founder of Brand Karma will be among the interviewees of the film. He will be joined by Google’s Chade-Meng Tan, spiritual author and lecturer Marianne Williamson, voted as one of Time Magazine’s 50 Most Influential Babyboomers and William Mobley, head of Neuroscience at Uscd.
The film also follows Reeves, »
- Colin Delaney
Here's something really exciting. After years of working on a series of awesome and award-winning documentaries, from co-producing and editing Farenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine, to co-directing Yes Men Fix the World, and Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, filmmaker Kurt Engfehr has chosen a solo directing project, examining what he terms the "empathy deficit" in society today. Apparently Obama coined the term "empathy deficit" in a 2006 speech, and now Engfehr wants to dig deeper into this concept, through his new doc Stand In My Shoes. Alongside filmmakers Anna Reeves, Elizabeth Nakano and Vivienne Somers, he will examine everything from internet trolling to sterile corporate culture to find out exactly what is behind this noted decline in social empathy. Ahmed Salama, who executive produced last year's viral hit The Tunnel, »
If the recent glut of low quality found footage flicks has been leaving a rather sour taste in your mouth, then get ready for a bit of refreshment as director Carlo Ledesma’s Australian faux-documentary The Tunnel will be putting the frighteners on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK on August 6th, courtesy of Arrow Films.
Delve in here for the dark details...
Directed by Carlo Ledesma (The Last One, Food Matters, Locked, The Haircut), and produced by Enzo Tedeschi and Julian Harvey, The Tunnel is part of the 135k Project, a crowd-funding initiative that invites film fans to buy individual digital frames from films in pre-production to fund the costs of production. The aim of 135k Films is to make movies unencumbered by box office constraints.
No info as of yet regarding special features, but trust us -- this one’s creepy enough to warrant a look regardless!
“The Tunnel”, out shortly on region 2 UK DVD via Arrow Films, is an Australian horror of the found footage variety, following a journalist and her camera crew poking around in the old rail tunnels beneath Sydney. The film has an interesting history, having been part of the ‘135k Project’, a scheme which aims to fund films by getting audience members to pay money in advance to buy digital frames from the finished production – in theory allowing directors to make films without having to worry too much about potential box office returns. Directed by Carlo Ledesma (helmer of the shorts “The Last One”, “Locked” and “The Haircut”), the film won a variety of awards, including Best Australian Director at the A Night of Horror International Film Festival and Best Use of Social Media at the 17th Annual Aimia Awards. The film revolves around a fictional 2007 decision the by the New South »
- James Mudge
The local release of Cabin In The Woods on only two screens leads Enzo Tedeschi to ask why audiences are being ignored.
The producer in me knows the value of a film is in its audience. Without an audience, there is no revenue, and with no revenue no profit, which makes it a damn sight harder to get another go-around on the carousel.
It therefore puzzles me when I see decisions being made by filmmakers or distributors which seem at odds with finding their audience, or giving it what it wants. The most recent example, Roadshow’s decision to not release Joss Whedon’s film Cabin In The Woods into Australian cinemas.
After premiering as one of the buzziest films at this year’s South By Southwest Film Festival in Austin, reviews have been mixed for the film, but two things seem certain – Aussie punters want to see it in cinemas, »
- Zoe Ferguson
The winning webseries in the 2011 Movie Extra Webfest 2.0 competition, Event Zero, has now been released in its entirety.The first episode launched on May 22 as a teaser to the rest of the series, and has received over 9000 views, many of which were from you, our readers! So if you enjoyed Episode 1, check out the rest of the webseries below. About Event Zero: Created by Enzo Tedeschi and Julian Harvey (producers of The Tunnel), Event Zero stars a host of Australian actors including Zoe Carides (Crownies, Out of the Blue), Valentino Del Toro (Gabriel, Underbelly: Infiltration), Harry Pavlidis (Gabriel, East West 101, All Saints) and Steve Davis (The Tunnel). As well as collaborations with several directors including Carlo Ledesma (The Tunnel), Andrew Traucki »
.We wanted The Tunnel to appear real in every way., says Harvey, producer and co-creator of the hit Australian horror film, .but for Event Zero, we.re going for a hugely cinematic feel. Hopefully people will be caught off guard by what we accomplished with the money we had. We wanted to show people that we could tackle the big scenes..
Event Zero is a collection of seven stories all centered on a train derailment near Circular Quay. When the emergency services arrive at the scene, seemingly unaffected people begin to die. The story is loosely based on the 1995 Sarin gas attacks in Tokyo.
Tedeschi and Harvey received funding for Event Zero through Screen Australia and Movie Extra after their concept won the 2012 Movie Extra Webfest 2.0 competition. »
- Matthew Worboys
The first episode of a new web series funded by an Australian TV network and the national screen agency premiered on YouTube yesterday.
Originating from the film trailer competition Movie Extra Webfest, Event Zero is produced by the creative team behind 2011 horror film The Tunnel.
Movie Extra Webfest, an initiative of Movie Network Channels, now in its second year, has also seen Screen Australia put $50,000 behind the project, doubling the production budget to $100,000.
Producer Enzo Tedeschi said: “For an Australian web-series, the $100,000 was a fair whack of cash.”
Despite the investment Tedeschi said that web-series as a platform isn’t far off from being recognised as a competitive screen platform to film and TV: “I don’t know if web-series are being treated seriously just yet but there is something happening around the industry with well-timed, well-placed series, like the Bondi Hipsters, which actually they already proved with Beached Az. »
- Colin Delaney
Movie Extra Webfest 2.0 winning web-series, Event Zero, has just premiered on Movie Extra's YouTube Channel. The first episode of the seven-part series has been embedded below for your viewing pleasure. It looks fantastic. About Event Zero: Created by Enzo Tedeschi and Julian Harvey (producers of The Tunnel), Event Zero stars a host of Australian actors including Zoe Carides (Crownies, Out of the Blue), Valentino Del Toro (Gabriel, Underbelly: Infiltration), Harry Pavlidis (Gabriel, East West 101, All Saints) and Steve Davis (The Tunnel). As well as collaborations with several directors including Carlo Ledesma (The Tunnel), Andrew Traucki (The Reef) and Shane Abbess (Gabriel).Event Zero tells seven interconnected stories of people caught up in an event much bigger than they are. A report comes in of a »
The Crossing follows Carter and Bray as they attempt to cross the Canadian Arctic’s Victoria Island.
Shot by the explorers, Distracted’s Julian Harvey has directed and produced a feature film out of more than 100 hours of footage.
Harvey said: “As someone who has done a fair bit of mountaineering, I’ve come across quite a lot of adventure stories, but this one stood out straight away. Not only because of the quality of the footage they captured but the incredible determination Clark and Chris showed to reach their goal. It is a truly inspiring story.”
Of the adventure, Carter said: “Nothing comes easy with Victoria Island so to finally finish the expedition after four years of blood, sweat and tears was really an amazing feeling. »
- Colin Delaney
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