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Schepisi casts romantic drama

2 February 2015 5:36 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Lesley Mann, Anthony Lapaglia, Jacki Weaver, Melissa George, Gia Carides and Josh Lucas head the cast of Fred Schepisi.s The Olive Sisters.

A romantic drama adapted from Australian author Amanda Hampson.s 2005 novel, it.s due to start shooting mid-year in Victoria.s Mornington Peninsula.

Mann will play Adrienne Bennett, a successful PR executive whose life unravels when her business fails. She.s forced to move from her New York apartment to a small rural community in Australia, where she inherited a run-down olive grove from her Italian grandparents.

After overcoming culture shock she discovers the family she barely knew and strikes up a friendship with the ruggedly handsome Joe.

Simon Baker was announced today as playing Joe and dutifully reported on Deadline.com, but his CAA agent Peter Levine told If The Mentalist regular is not attached.

A parallel narrative follows Adrienne.s grandparents who worked hard to »

- Don Groves

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Umbrella takes stock amid indie downturn

4 January 2015 3:52 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Richard Moore has departed as Umbrella Entertainment.s theatrical distribution manager as the distributor reassess its approach to theatrical acquisitions.

Umbrella.s founder Jeff Harrison tells If, .We will still invest in theatrical films but are looking at things more carefully..

Like other independent distributors, Umbrella has grappled with a marked downturn in the market for indie films in the past two years as many Us, UK and foreign-language films have struggled to secure and to hold on to screens.

A former director of the Brisbane and Melbourne International Film Festivals, Moore spent the two past years at Umbrella working on titles including The Babadook, Backyard Ashes, When the Queen Came to Town, Words and Pictures, The Last Impresario and The Crossing.

Harrison frets that young people only go to cinemas now to see tentpoles and that quality films such as Nightcrawler,. Boyhood and Sony's Whiplash. are not resonating with mainstream audiences. »

- Don Groves

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