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Cate Shortland on putting together 'Berlin Syndrome'

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Cate Shortland on the set of 'Berlin Syndrome'..

Australian filmmaker Cate Shortland has only made three features: 2004.s Somersault, 2012.s Lore and now Berlin Syndrome, with the last two both set in Germany.

.Like a lot of people I.m just drawn to the vibrancy of the culture,. says the filmmaker, .and I love living in Berlin..

Shortland.s partner is Australian filmmaker Tony Krawitz (Dead Europe), whose family is German Jew.

.His grandmother is still alive, she.s 102, and she.s from Berlin,. Shortland tells If. .We.ve lived in Berlin on and off for the last six years, our kids went to school there for a while. My German.s still really atrocious but I love living there..

Now the director has shot a feature in the city — adapted by Snowtown.s Shaun Grant from a novel by Melanie Joosten.

Aquarius Films producer Polly Staniford was
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Shooting underway on second season of ‘Glitch’

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'Glitch'.

Production has kicked off in Melbourne on the second season of Matchbox Pictures'.Glitch, with directors Emma Freeman and Tony Krawitz at the helm. The shoot will continue on location around the city and in regional Victoria until the end of March.

The first season of the zombie drama, created by Louise Fox (Broadchurch, Dead Europe) and Tony Ayres (The Slap, Cut Snake, Nowhere Boys), followed seven people who had inexplicably returned from the dead.

The second season sees .the Risen. unravel the mystery of how and why they are back while contending with a lethal threat..

In October it was announced that Netflix was coming on board as a production partner for the second season, along with Matchbox and the ABC.

.We can.t wait for our audience to see where the story goes. We want to deliver on the promise of answers and keep the thrills and spills coming,
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Netflix to co-produce second season of Glitch with the ABC, Matchbox

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Glitch.

The second season of.Glitch will be co-produced by the ABC, Matchbox and Netflix.—.making it the closest thing to a Netflix Original produced locally..

The first season of the zombie drama streams on Netflix Oz and debuted on Netflix U.S. last week (October 15).

According to Chris Oliver-Taylor, MD of Matchbox Pictures and the show's Ep, "Glitch was something that Netflix were interested in very early as a result of the quality of series one."

"Matchbox always tries to produce programs that work for an international audience. The international deal was reasonably simple to construct; the more complicated piece of the puzzle was working with Netflix, NBCUniversal and the ABC to work out the local Australian arrangements, working through windowing and how to manage on-demand."

Oliver-Taylor is excited about what the deal might mean for the local sector.

"We think that by bringing on Netflix to be a
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Liz Watts set to produce Mary Magdalene biopic with See-Saw

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Liz Watts.

Producer Liz Watts will join See-Saw Films. (Lion, The King.s Speech) Iain Canning and Emile Sherman to produce a biopic on the life of Mary Magdalene.

Set to begin shooting in Europe later this year, Watts (The Rover, Animal Kingdom, Little Fish) will produce Mary Magdelene through her Sydney-based production company Porchlight Films. Watts has previously worked with See-Saw on the company.s 2012 production, Dead Europe.

Garth Davis (Top of the Lake, Lion) will direct from a script written by Helen Edmundson and Philippa Goslett (How to Talk to Girls at Parties).

Rooney Mara (Carol, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) is attached to play Magdelene and Joaquin Phoenix (Her, Walk the Line) is in talks to play Jesus.

Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave, The Martian) is also in talks to play the apostle Peter and Tahar Rahim (A Prophet, The Past) in talks to play Judas.

.It
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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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Simon Stone, Ewen Leslie and Odessa Young talk The Daughter at screenings

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The Daughter.

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The Daughter director Simon Stone and cast including Ewen Leslie and Odessa Young are set take part in Q and A sessions following preview screenings of the film in Sydney at Melbourne.

Palace Cinemas will host Stone (The Turning) and actors Young (Looking for Grace) and Leslie (Dead Europe) for two sessions..

Moderated by film critic David Stratton, they will follow preview screenings of the film at Palace Verona, in Sydney.s Paddington and Palace Cinema Como, in Melbourne.s South Yarra.

The Daughter is inspired by Stone.s adaptation of Henrik Ibsen.s The Wild Duck, which was first performed at Belvoir Theatre in Sydney..

The Daughter also features performances from a stellar cast which includes Geoffrey Rush, Miranda Otto and Sam Neil. .

Produced by Jan Chapman (The Piano, Lantana) and Nicole O.Donohue and with costumes by Margot Wilson (The Dressmaker), the film is a deeply
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Aussie actor-writer-director Sophie Mathisen on her Parisian debut Drama

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Sophie Mathisen and Jonathan Burtreaux in Drama.

First-time writer-director Sophie Mathisen looked to the Lena Dunham model when making her first film.

Dunham famously made her debut feature, Tiny Furniture, by setting most of it in her parents' New York loft..

Mathisen made hers in Paris, shooting in the three-storey apartment owned by the parents of her focus-puller. The space ended up doubling as two seperate apartments, plus a nightclub.

Mathisen, who also stars in the film, graduated from Vca as an actor, worked in theatre for a few years, then decamped to London for an Ma in acting for screen at London's Royal Central School of Speech and Drama..

While in London she became increasingly interested in scriptwriting, and ended up writing scripts for her fellow students..

"When it came time to do my thesis, I pitched that instead of making a short I'd make a feature instead", Mathisen told If.
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Beyond Fright Review: The Mule

Good, original crime thrillers can be extremely difficult to come by. For ever Goodfellas or Fargo, there are quite a few efforts that end up falling a bit flat, giving viewers a definite “been there, done that” feeling. When original crime films do come, it’s typically out of nowhere and a lasting effort that ends up acheiving some form of cult status. The Angus Sampson-led crime thriller/comedy, The Mule, is just that kind of film, one that pulls you into its web and gives its audience a suspenseful and comical look at one bad situation.

The Mule‘s plot is not only somewhat original, but one that will keep you on edge and well,..almost throwing up at times, with the film’s protagonist, Ray, making the mistake of agreeing to hide a kilo of heroin in his stomach and transporting it back to Australia. The idea
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Geoffrey Rush to Star in Screen Australia-Backed ‘Daughter’

Geoffrey Rush to Star in Screen Australia-Backed ‘Daughter’
Hong Kong — Oscar-winning actor, Geoffrey Rush will star in “The Daughter,” a drama that marks the feature film debut of noted Australian stage director Simon Stone.

Rush (“Shine,” “The King’s Speech”) will appear with Ewen Leslie (“The Railwayman,” “Dead Europe,” “Sleeping Beauty”) in the picture, to be produced by Jan Chapman (“The Piano,” “Lantana”) and Nicole O’Donohue. The story follows a man who returns home to discover a long-buried family secret, and whose attempts to put things right threaten the lives of those he left home years before. “The Daughter” will be distributed in Australia by Roadshow Films and overseas by Mongrel International.

Stone previously directed Leslie in Aleksei Arbuzov’s stage-play “The Promise.” Stone is director in residence at Sydney’s Belvoir St. Theatre.

The film is one of a dozen feature and TV drama projects to share A$12 million (Us$11.5 million) of production and completion funding
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Miniseries will provide a fresh take on Gallipoli

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Glendyn Ivin is a huge fan of Peter Weir.s Gallipoli but he has resisted the temptation to revisit Weir.s seminal 1981 movie since he was hired to direct the Nine Network miniseries Gallipoli. .I love that film; it.s one of the reasons I became a filmmaker,. Ivin told If on Monday during a recce for the eight-hour production which starts shooting in and near Melbourne on March 17. .But I have avoided watching it again because we are doing a very different story..

In keeping with this fresh take on the saga of the young Aussies who fought in the legendary WW1 campaign, Ivin said he and his DoP Germain McMicking will shoot the film in a style which is far from a traditional drama.

The screenplay is by Christopher Lee (Howzat! Kerry Packer.s War, Paper Giants, Rush, Police Rescue), adapted from the best-selling book by Les Carlyon.
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Cast unveiled for Nine's Gallipoli

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Kodi Smit-McPhee, Harry Greenwood, Tom Budge, Lincoln Lewis, Matt Nable, Anthony Hayes, Lachy Hulme and Ashleigh Cummings are among the big ensemble cast announced today for the Endemol Australia/Nine Network miniseries Gallipoli.

A three-month shoot starts in and around Melbourne on March 17 with Glendyn Ivin (Beaconsfield, Puberty Blues) directing. The screenplay by Christopher Lee (Howzat! Kerry Packer.s War, Paper Giants, Rush, Police Rescue) is adapted from the best-selling book by Les Carlyon.

The producers are John Edwards (Howzat! Kerry Packer.s War, Beaconsfield, Paper Giants, and Offspring), Imogen Banks (Puberty Blues, Offspring) and Robert Connolly (producer of Balibo and The Boys, director of Underground: The Julian Assange Story, The Slap). Nine.s co-Heads of Drama Jo Rooney and Andy Ryan and Endemol Australia CEO Janeen Faithfull are executive producers. .Smit-McPhee plays 17-year-old Thomas .Tolly. Johnson, who lies about his age to enlist with his brother Bevan in the
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The Baz backlash

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While a lively debate over the 13 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards for The Great Gatsby rages on social media, TV viewers have given their verdict on the Network Ten telecast.

The delayed two-hour show, which started at 8.30 pm, drew an average audience of 400,000 in the capital cities and a peak of 540,000. That was better than last year.s one-hour telecast which had 331,000 viewers. To be fair the AFI confirmed Ten as its broadcast partner only a couple of weeks before that so there was a lack of promotion last year.

The show, which had a weak lead-in from Jamie Oliver's new series Save with Jamie,. was beaten by Person of Interest on Nine and Bones on Seven.

On Facebook and Twitter there was a pronounced backlash against The Great Gatsby.s domination over The Rocket. Kim Mordaunt.s low-budget Lao-set drama got 12 nominations, two fewer than Baz Luhrmann.s opus,
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Aacta Awards: Goliath slays David

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If the 3rd annual Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards could be categorised as a David vs Goliath battle between The Rocket and The Great Gatsby, Goliath is the hands-down winner.

Baz Luhrmann.s opulent romantic drama won six awards tonight, for best film, director, adapted screenplay, lead actor Leonardo DiCaprio, supporting actor Joel Edgerton and supporting actress Elizabeth Debicki.

That.s in addition to the six awards in craft categories plus the Aacta award for outstanding achievement in visual effects bestowed on Luhrmann.s film on Tuesday.

Kim Mordaunt's The Rocket, which had 12 nominations versus 14 for Gatsby, had to be content with just one trophy, for Mordaunt.s original screenplay.

The outcome is likely to reignite the debate about the near-impossibility of comparing a lavishly-mounted 3D film financed by Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures, which cost $160 million, with an independently-funded Lao-set film from a first-time director budgeted at about $2 million.
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Baz's creative team cleans up at Aacta Awards

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The Great Gatsby dominated. Aacta.s technical and short films awards today, collecting gongs in all six craft categories for which it was nominated, plus the Aacta award for outstanding achievement in visual effects.

The co-production Top of the Lake bagged two TV trophies while Matchbox Pictures. Nowhere Boys, created by Tony Ayres, was named best children.s TV series.

The TV documentary prize went to Redesign My Brain, which explores the revolutionary new science of brain plasticity, written and directed by Paul Scott and produced by Isabel Perez and Scott for ABC TV.

Writer-director Nick Verso's The Last Time I Saw Richard, produced by John Molloy, was honoured as best short fiction film. Developed and funded through Screen Australia.s Springboard program, the short is a prequel to the upcoming feature film Boys In The Trees, tracing the friendship between two teenagers in a mental health clinic in
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Shane Bourne to host Aacta Awards

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Actor and comedian Shane Bourne will host this year.s Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards (AACTAs), broadcast in a 90-minute presentation on Thursday, January 30, at 8.30pm on Network Ten.

Bourne will lead the night of peer-voted awards, live performances and special appearances from personalities across the Australian television and film industry.

AFI | Aacta CEO, Damian Trewhella, said .We are delighted Shane will host the 3rd Aacta Awards Ceremony. Shane is an AFI Award winner and audience favourite, and a well loved and respected member of the screen industry.. Bourne said, .I am really looking forward to being involved in the 3rd Aacta Awards and providing the social lubricant to help ensure a great night for all as we celebrate the year.s achievements in television and film. And if the official after party is just a fraction as good as the scenes from The Great Gatsby then
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'Great Gatsby' and 'The Rocket' Lead the "Australian Oscars"

Glenn, Team Film Experience's resident Australian, here. In all the hubbub surrounding the big wins for American Hustle and Her, it went unnoticed (not surprisingly, but also not without reason) that the nominees for this year's Aacta Awards were announced. Australia's own "Academy" (renamed from the Australian Film Institute several years back) went big for Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, which is hoping for a tech resurgence later in the guild-stretch of the Oscar season, and Kim Mordaunt's The Rocket, which is still holding on hope for an Academy foreign language short-listing. Other famous names like Rose Byrne, Hugo Weaving, Mia Wasikowska, and Naomi Watts also appear across the 14 categories recognising Australian films.

Catherine Martin and her team of production/set/costume designers are - let's face it - the only likely Oscar cross-over here for their work on The Great Gatsby so it's hard to picture her losing.
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Gatsby, Rocket lead Aacta noms

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Gatsby, Rocket lead Aacta noms
Other best film nominations include Dead Europe, Mystery Road, Satellite Boy and The Turning.Scroll down for full list

Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby and Kim Mordaunt’s The Rocket lead the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television (Aacta) Award nominations: 14 and 12 respectively, it was announced today.

Luhrmann’s adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald 1925 novel was made on a Hollywood-sized budget by a very experienced director while festival hit The Rocket, which tells the story of a boy trying to prove he isn’t cursed, was filmed in Laos by a writer/director who had not previously made a dramatic feature.

The Rocket and The Great Gatsby are pitted against each other for the prestigious best film award, for best director and in three of the four acting categories.

The best actor award, for example, could go to Leonardo DiCaprio for his performance in The Great Gatsby or to Sitthiphon Disamoe, a one-time
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‘Gatsby,’ ‘Rocket,’ ‘Lake’ Top Aacta Awards Nominations

‘Gatsby,’ ‘Rocket,’ ‘Lake’ Top Aacta Awards Nominations
Singapore – “The Great Gatsby” and “The Rocket” emerged as front-runners in the race for the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (Aacta) awards. In the television categories “Top of the Lake” came top of the pile with 12 nominations.

Baz Luhrmann’s film earned 14 nominations, Kim Mordaunt’s claimed 12.

Other best film nominees include “Dead Europe,” “Mystery Road,” “Satellite Boy,” and “The Turning.”

“The film and television productions that have been acknowledged this year are so incredibly diverse and as an ensemble illustrate our breadth of screen talent operating across the nation,” AFI | Aacta CEO, Damian Trewhella, said in a prepared statement.

‘Nominated work includes feature length projects shot on the east coast of Australia (“Adoration’), the West coast of Australia (‘Drift’), the outback (‘Mystery Road’) and in Tasmania (‘Goddess’). Stories filmed on international locations are also prevalent, including ‘The Rocket,’ ‘Dead Europe,’ ‘Mrs Biggs,’ ‘Top of The Lake,’ ‘Red Obsession,
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‘Gatsby,’ ‘Rocket,’ ‘Lake’ Top Aacta Awards Nominations

‘Gatsby,’ ‘Rocket,’ ‘Lake’ Top Aacta Awards Nominations
Singapore – “The Great Gatsby” and “The Rocket” emerged as front-runners in the race for the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (Aacta) awards. In the television categories “Top of the Lake” came top of the pile with 12 nominations.

Baz Luhrmann’s film earned 14 nominations, Kim Mordaunt’s claimed 12.

Other best film nominees include “Dead Europe,” “Mystery Road,” “Satellite Boy,” and “The Turning.”

“The film and television productions that have been acknowledged this year are so incredibly diverse and as an ensemble illustrate our breadth of screen talent operating across the nation,” AFI | Aacta CEO, Damian Trewhella, said in a prepared statement.

‘Nominated work includes feature length projects shot on the east coast of Australia (“Adoration’), the West coast of Australia (‘Drift’), the outback (‘Mystery Road’) and in Tasmania (‘Goddess’). Stories filmed on international locations are also prevalent, including ‘The Rocket,’ ‘Dead Europe,’ ‘Mrs Biggs,’ ‘Top of The Lake,’ ‘Red Obsession,
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Great Gatsby, The Rocket, Top of the Lake lead Aacta noms

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The Great Gatsby has been nominated in 14 categories and The Rocket is in contention for 12 at the third annual Australian Academy of Cinema & Television Arts Awards.

In TV, Top of the Lake top scored with 10 nominations ahead of eight apiece for Mrs Biggs, Power Games: The Packer- Murdoch Story and Redfern Now series 2.

Gatsby and The Rocket are vying for best film with Dead Europe, Mystery Road, Satellite Boy and Tim Winton.s The Turning.

A total of 50 productions has been nominated across 39 awards categories. The Nsw Government announced today it would renew its partnership agreement for a further three years, from 2015-2017.

Aacta has signed a three-year deal with Foxtel which entails pay-tv rights and further collaborations. Aacta/AFI CEO Damian Trewhella tells If that in future years this may take the form of deeper coverage on Foxtel before or after the awards, spotlighting creative talent.

The Gatsby remake
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