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Four Australians and three Kiwis have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
A record 322 screen practitioners from the Us and around the world have been invited to join the organisation. The previous high was 276 in 2013.
The Down Under contingent comprises visual effects wizards Tim Crosbie and Daniel Barrett, producers Bruna Papandrea and Rebecca Yeldham, sound mixers David Lee and Jason Canovas and writer-director Niki Caro.
Despite the Academy.s efforts to diversify its membership, out of the 25 actors invited to join only seven are women.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs said, .It.s gratifying to acknowledge the extraordinary range of talent in our industry. This year, our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization..
This year Crosbie was nominated for an »
- Don Groves
Pic tells the true story of eccentric Australian chicken farmer, Swampy Marsh, who places his friendly but clumsy sheepdog on an island off the coast to protect a Fairy Penguin population that is being endangered by foxes.
It is directed by Stuart McDonald, and produced by Richard Keddie, who produced Cate Blanchett starrer “Little Fish” and Ronan Keating’s musical film “Goddess,” and Sheila Hanahan Tailor. Production companies are Wtfn/The Film Company, Practical Pictures and Kmunications. Pic was supported by Screen Australia, Film Victoria and Fox Intl. Channels.
“Oddball,” which is in post-production, will be released in Australia by Village Roadshow later this year.
- Leo Barraclough
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