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Nora Niasari wins Secret City director's attachment

13 August 2015 3:41 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Nora Niasari has been named as an attachment to Emma Freeman on the Matchbox Pictures TV series Secret City for Foxtel.

The attachment forms part of an industry incentive program funded by Screen Australia and managed by the Australian Director's Guild for emerging directors.

Niasari said she was thrilled and honoured to be chosen for an attachment on such a successful production..

"This is perfect timing and a perfect opportunity to move into directing for television,. she said.

Nora Niasari started directing several years ago after graduating with a Master of Film and Television from the Victorian College of the Arts with a number of very successful short films, including her most recent The Phoenix, which was nominated for the Adg Best Direction in a Student Film in 2015 and was selected for over a dozen national and international film festivals..

She has also been selected for the 2015 Melbourne International Film Festival.s Accelerator Program. »

- Inside Film Correspondent

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Three producers win passage to London Production Finance Market

6 August 2015 8:36 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Three local producers. have won places at the London Production Finance Market following the film co-financing event Miff 37ºSouth Market.

David Ngo from South Australia won the $2000 flight voucher and a place at Pfm, while Kristina Ceyton from New South Wales and Leanne Saunders from New Zealand also won place at the London event.

Selection for the three 37ºSouth places at Pfm was guided by the votes of international financiers/buyers at Miff 37ºSouth Market.

Thanks to long-time Miff 37ºSouth Market Gold Sponsor Film Finances, one of the three producers selected for the October Pfm received a flight voucher of $2000 towards their trip..

This year the market, held during Miff, hosted some 45 film financiers/buyers including 13 Films, Cornerstone, eOne Australia, Endgame, Fulcrum, Hyde Park, Loco, Memento, Metrodome, Radiant, Roadshow, Seville/eOne, Shoreline, Transmission, Visit, Wide and Xyz. .

A record 28 publishers registered for 37ºSouth.s Books at Miff, including Hachette, Hardie Grant, »

- Staff writer

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Australian films set to reach 10-year high

3 August 2015 8:05 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Led by Mad Max: Fury Road, The Water Diviner and Paper Planes, Australian films collectively have raked in $44.8 million at cinemas this year and 2015 is on track to rank as the best for local cinema in the past 10 years.

B.O. receipts already have eclipsed the meagre 2014 calendar year total of $26.1 million (a market share of 2.43 per cent) and 2013's $38.5 million.

With Jeremy Sims' Last Cab to Darwin launching on Thursday after winning plaudits at the Sydney Film Festival and a slew of Aussie films set to open in the next few months, the total will overtake 2012.s $47.8 million and 2009.s $54.7 million, the latter the best result in the past 10 years. The upcoming line-up includes Neil Armfield.s Holding the Man (August 27); Kriv Stenders' Kill Me Three Times (multi-platform release via eOne), Deane Taylor.s Blinky Bill the Movie, Tony Ayres. Cut Snake and Stuart McDonald.s Oddball »

- Don Groves

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'Rabbit', starring 'Fury Road’s' Abbey Lee, to be pitched at Pfm

3 August 2015 3:56 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Abduction thriller voted to UK market by Melbourne’s 37º South Market.

Sales agents from across the world yesterday voted David Ngo and Rabbit as the producer and project at the Melbourne International Film Festival’s 37º South Market to attend the UK’s Production Finance Market (Pfm) in October.

Rabbit is a psychological thriller about a girl’s search for her abducted twin sister and it has actors Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road) and Alex Russell (Chronicle) attached.

It is written by and will be the feature directorial debut of Luke Shanahan, who met Ngo in 2009 when both had films competing at Australian short film festival Tropfest.

“It’s in the style of Let The Right One In and Rosemary’s Baby,” said Ngo, whose first feature was director Nick MatthewsOne Eyed Girl, winner of best feature at last year’s Austin Film Festival.

The popularity of the projects Cargo and Achtung Road, also »

- Sandy.George@me.com (Sandy George)

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Nine films and eight TV projects in contention for top Awgie Awards

23 July 2015 2:09 AM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Nine features have been nominated for this year's Awgie Awards for performance writing.

Eight telemovies and miniseries are in contention. The Australian Writers. Guild says nominations in the 25 categories for the 48th Annual Awgie Awards reflect the abundance of outstanding work currently being produced in Australia. Nominees for best original telemovie are Steven McGregor for Redfern Now: Promise Me and Katherine Thomson for House of Hancock, while Christopher Lee.s Gallipoli and Jan Sardi and Mac Gudgeon.s The Secret River contend for best adaptation in a television miniseries. There are four nominees for original television mini-series: The Principal by Alice Addison and Kristen Dunphy; The Kettering Incident by Vicki Madden, Andrew Knight, Cate Shortland and Louise Fox; Deadline Gallipoli by Jacquelin Perske, Stuart Beattie, Shaun Grant and Cate Shortland; and Love Child: Series 2 from Tim Pye, Cathryn Strickland, Chris McCourt, Jane Allen and Tamara Asmar. In the categories »

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Finalists announced for Australia's richest film prize

19 July 2015 7:32 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Adrian Brody in Backtrack..

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Five Aussie films will vie for the $100,000 CinéfestOZ Film Prize, with two of the entries to have their Australian premiere at the Festival in August.

Backtrack, Now Add Honey, Pawno, Putuparri and the Rainmakers and The Daughter have each been selected out of over 30 submissions to make up the shortlist for the prize, now in its second year.

The winner will be announced at the Festival on Saturday 29th August, 2015.

The Film Prize is awarded to the producer of an Australian feature film (including feature documentaries) and last year was taken out by Robert Connolly for his family feature Paper Planes.

The film, which Connolly also directed, went on to enjoy huge success at the Australian box office and will be released by distribution companies Lionsgate in the UK and in North America by Eone.

The finalists for this year.s prize were determined by five »

- Emily Blatchford

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‘Tikkun’, 'Hotline' win in Jerusalem

17 July 2015 9:07 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Avishai Sivan’s religious drama wins Best Israeli Feature while Hotline scoops Van Leer award for Best Documentary.Scroll down for full list of winners

Avishai Sivan’s drama Tikkun has won Best Israeli Feature at the 32nd Jerusalem Film Festival, which held its awards ceremony last night [July 16] and closes on Sunday.

Tikkun, which follows a committed Hassidic student who begins to doubt himself after a life-changing experience, won the Haggiag Award for Best Israeli Feature Film, which comes with a $31,500 (Ils 120,000) prize.

The film also won the Anat Pirchi Award for Best Script, which comes with a $2,600 (Ils 10,000) prize, the Haggiag Award for Best Actor for lead Khalifa Natour, also accompanied by a $2,600 (Ils 10,000) prize, and the Van Leer Award for Best Cinematography, which scoops $2,400 (Ils 9,000).

The film was directed by Avishai Sivan and produced by Ronen Ben-Tal, Avishai Sivan, Moshe Edery and Leon Edery of Plan B Productions.

Tikkun will also »

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Wenham to chair CinefestOZ 2015 Film Prize jury

12 July 2015 3:36 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Australian actor David Wenham has been named as the new chair of the CinefestOZ 2015 Film Prize jury.

CinefestOZ 2015 will premiere feature films and host 40 community and industry events.

The prizemoney for this year's festival will be $100,000.

The festival will be held in the cinemas, wineries, small bars, galleries and libraries of Busselton, Bunbury, Dunsborough and the Margaret River wine region from August 26 to 30.

Tourism Minister Kim Hames said Wenham's national and global reputation in film, television and stage made him an excellent choice to chair this year.s jury.

.Last year.s inaugural CinefestOZ Film Prize went to Paper Planes which starred David Wenham, so it.s a good fit to have him heading up the jury to decide this year.s prize, the richest in the Australian film industry,. he said.

.This sort of recognition and State Government funding not only supports the local film industry but also helps »

- Brian Karlovsky

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Agency looks to build pride in Oz cinema

8 July 2015 9:52 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Screen Australia has started a scoping study to figure out new approaches to building pride in Australian films.

The workshopping of ideas is a tacit recognition that the Australian cinema .brand. was tarnished last year by a string of films that underperformed at the B.O., reflected in the lowly market share of 2.43 per cent.

Arguably the brand wasn.t the underlying problem as audiences this year have readily embraced The Water Diviner, Paper Planes, Mad Max: Fury Road and That Sugar Film, in addition to the well-received Frackman and Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead.

Moviegoers may well feel more even confident about the entertainment value of national cinema with Brendan Cowell.s Ruben Guthrie and Gillian Armstrong's Women He's Undressed launching next week, followed by Jeremy Sims' Last Cab to Darwin, Simon Stone's The Daughter, Jocelyn Moorhouse's The Dressmaker, Neil Armfield's Holding the Man and Stuart McDonald.s Oddball. »

- Don Groves

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Busan International Film Festival programmer to visit

29 June 2015 9:56 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Screen Australia will host a visit by Dosin Pak, programmer for the Busan International Film Festival, in July.

Dosin will view new Australian films for preselection for the festival, which runs from October 1-10, and make recommendations about narrative feature films for the World Cinema, Flash Forward and Midnight Passion sections. World Cinema showcases feature films from non-Asian filmmakers around the world, including those from established filmmakers. Flash Forward is for new narrative features from non-Asian filmmakers reflecting bold vision and creativity.. Midnight Passion screens horror, sci-fi and cult films. Last year Kill Me Three Times screened in World Cinema, The Mule featured in Flash Forward, Paper Planes in Wide Angle and Wyrmwood in Midnight Passion. Busan.s requirements stipulate films should not have been completed before last October and must be 60 minutes or more. Filmmakers with eligible features should contact Dale Fairbairn at Screen Australia via email: dale.fairbairn@screenaustralia. »

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Awards for Prison Song and God Squad

29 June 2015 7:58 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Documentary musical Prison Songs and animated TV series God Squad each won three trophies at the 27th annual Wa Screen Awards.

Writer-director Jeffory Asselin.s Pinch was the surprise winner of. best feature film . drama, edging out Kill Me Three Times,. Paper Planes and The Reckoning.

The film revolves around a light-fingered teen who attempts to rip off a major drug syndicate to pay for his mother's life saving surgery.

Producer/director Lauren Brunswick received the $5,000 McKenna Hampton Young Filmmaker of the Year award.

Presented by Fti, the awards were handed out at the Heath Ledger Theatre on June 29, hosted by comedian Joel Creasey.

The Beyond West-produced Prison Songs by Kelrick Martin and Harry Bardwell took the prizes for best TV production . factual, best long form editing and sound. Martin also won the award for best long form direction..

God Squad by Troy Zafer and Nicholas Kempt was named best animation, »

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Director attached to Love Child

29 June 2015 7:31 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

The Australian Directors Guild, Screen Australia and Playmaker Media today announced Julietta Boscolo as the director.s attachment to Geoff Bennett on the Nine Network's Love Child, now in production.

A Vca graduate, Boscolo started directing several years ago. with a number of short films including Sam.s Gold, which won the Adg Best Direction in a Short Film last year and was invited to more than a dozen national and international festivals.

She was one of nine filmmakers worldwide selected for the Binger Filmlab Directors Lab in Amsterdam in 2013. Julietta said, .I'm absolutely thrilled and honoured to be chosen for this attachment on such a successful production. This is perfect timing and a perfect opportunity to move into directing for television.. Screen Australia.s Senior Development Executive Nerida Moore said, .Screen Australia recognises the importance of ongoing talent development opportunities, and is proud to support this through the Director.s Attachment Scheme. »

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Paper Planes takes flight in Us and UK

23 June 2015 3:40 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Rob Connolly.s Paper Planes will be released in the Us and UK by two of the largest mini-majors. Lionsgate will launch the children.s/family film co-written by Connolly and Steve Worland in UK cinemas on October 23. EntertainmentOne acquired the rights for the Us, where a multi-platform release combined with a limited number of screens is likely. In the Us eOne handles relatively few theatrical releases as its primary focus is on home entertainment.

Both deals were negotiated by international sales rep Arclight Films. This year Lionsgate distributed A Royal Night Out, A Little Chaos, Testament of Youth and Survivor, and it will launch John Maclean.s Slow West on June 26. Roadshow released Paper Planes in Australia, grossing $9.6 million. The title went out on DVD rental and VOD this week and currently ranks twelfth on the iTunes chart behind Fifty Shades of Grey, after peaking at No. 2 during the 2-week download to-own-window. »

- Don Groves

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Aussie films set to cash in on B.O. boom

18 June 2015 3:34 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

The Australian B.O. is running hot, outpacing last year by more than 14%, and some industry mavens predict 2015 will set an all-time record.

Distributors and exhibitors are more than usually confident about the second half release line-up, including at least half a dozen Australian films.

Powered by Mad Max: Fury Road ($20.5 million in five weeks), Paper Planes and The Water Diviner,. local films have raked in $42.8 million this year, already eclipsing the paltry 2014 calendar total of $26.1 million and 2013.s $38.5 million.

The Sydney Film Festival looks like being an effective launching pad for Brendan Cowell's Ruben Guthrie (which opens on July 16 via Madman), Gillian Armstrong's Women He's Undressed (Rialto, also July 16), Jeremy Sims'. Last Cab to Darwin (Icon, August 6), Neil Armfield.s Holding the Man (Transmission, August 27) and Simon Stone.s The Daughter (Roadshow, September 10).

There is a positive buzz about other upcoming releases including Stuart McDonald.s rustic comedy Oddball (Roadshow, »

- Don Groves

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‘Peace Is The Mission’ By Major Lazer Review: A ‘Major’ Letdown

6 June 2015 2:33 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Remember when Diplo wasn’t a caricature of himself? The Mad Decent head honcho, government name Wesley Pentz, was the early 00’s tastemaker behind M.I.A.‘s ubiquitous 2008 summer smash “Paper Planes” from her Diplo produced blockbuster debut Piracy Funds Terrorism Vol. 1 and after the album, he went on to work with just about everyone in the industry; […]

The post ‘Peace Is The Mission’ By Major Lazer Review: A ‘Major’ Letdown appeared first on uInterview. »

- Ross Perkel

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Mad Max fuels the rebound in Oz cinema

25 May 2015 8:03 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Led by Mad Max: Fury Road, Australian films collectively have raked in $34.6 million at cinemas this year, eclipsing the paltry 2014 calendar year total of $26.1 million.

With $12.6 million in the till after its second weekend (a modest drop of 33%), George Miller.s high-octane action-adventure is the top earning local release.

Some Aussie exhibs expect Miller's film to reach $20 million so the 2015 total will soon overtake 2013's $38.5 million... .

Given the upcoming line-up, which includes Jeremy Sims. Last Cab to Darwin, Brendan Cowell.s Ruben Guthrie, Jocelyn Moorhouse.s The Dressmaker, Simon Stone.s The Daughter, Michael Petroni.s Backtrack and Stuart McDonald.s Oddball, there is plenty of upside for the industry.

If there are at least one or two break-out hits and a couple of solid performers, it may not be a stretch to beat 2012.s $47.8 million. In the past 10 years the record is 2009.s $54.7 million.

The Water Diviner and Paper Planes »

- Don Groves

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Melbourne's Premiere Fund gets government renewal

22 May 2015 4:25 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Victoria government pledges $900,000 renewal.

The State Government of Victoria is to renew the Melbourne International Film Festival’s Miff Premiere Fund to the tune of $900,000, to provide strategic minority co-financing to new Australian films that then go on to premiere at Miff.

“The Miff Premiere Fund’s continuation is clear evidence of the Victorian Government’s commitment to supporting Victorian screen culture,” said Miff chair Claire Dobbin.

“The Fund’s continuation is important for Miff, audiences, local filmmakers, and the State’s creative economy.

“It generates a pipeline of world premieres for Miff, and screenings for the Miff Premiere Regional Showcase, and the Premiere Fund helps Miff remain the Southern Hemisphere’s leading film event.”

Miff industry director and premiere fund executive producer Mark Woods added: “Together with Miff 37ºSouth Market & Accelerator, the Miff Premiere Fund reinforces Melbourne’s position as a creative industries capital.

“Securing finance for independent Australian films is always a challenge and the »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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Cannes: Curious Films Sets Diverse Slate

17 May 2015 10:50 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Pan Nalin’s “Beyond the Known World,” which is now in post-production, heads the production and co-production slate of Australia and New Zealand mini-conglomerate Curious Films.

The film marks a return to the Himalayas for noted stylist Nalin (“Samsara,” “Valley of Flowers”) and stars David Wenham, Sia Trokenheim and Emmanuelle Beart.

Structured as a New Zealand-India co-production, is the story of an estranged couple who travel to India in search of their missing daughter. Matthew Horrocks and Kristian Eek are set as producers. Arclight Films is handling international sales. Curious will distribute in Australia and New Zealand.

Taika Waititi’s comic adventure “Hunt for the Wilderpeople,” a follow-up to his festival hit vampire mockumentary “What We Do in the Shadows,” kicked off production May 18. “Wilderpeople” stars Sam Neill (“The Piano”) and Julian Dennison (“Paper Planes”). Waititi is producing with Carthew Neal, Leanne Saunders and Matt Noonan. Madman Entertainment has acquired »

- Patrick Frater

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Taika Waititi's 'Wilderpeople' to star Sam Neill

15 May 2015 12:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

New Zealand director scored recent hit with What We Do In The Shadows; Protagonist Pictures selling international.

Taika Waititi, the New Zealand director who scored an international hit with vampire mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows, has recruited Sam Neill and young Paper Planes star Julian Dennison for his next film, Hunt For The Wilderpeople.

The comic adventure movie starts shooting next Monday (May 18) in New Zealand. 

Madman Entertainment has acquired all rights to the film for Australia and New Zealand and will release in Nz in partnership with the producers.

Protagonist Pictures has taken on international sales rights.

Dennison plays a defiant young city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle (Neill) in the wild New Zealand bush. A national manhunt ensues and the two are forced to put aside their differences and work together to survive.

Waititi, also known for Eagle Vs Shark and Boy, has also written »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Cannes: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison Join Taika Waititi’s ‘Wilderpeople’

14 May 2015 11:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sam Neill and young “Paper Planes” star Julian Dennison have joined the cast of “Hunt For the Wilderpeople,” which is directed by hot New Zealand director Taika Waititi, who scored an international hit with “What We Do in the Shadows.”

The comic adventure movie starts shooting next week in New Zealand. Madman Entertainment has acquired all rights to the film for Australia and New Zealand, and will release in Nz in partnership with the producers. Protagonist Pictures has taken on international sales rights.

Dennison plays a defiant young city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle (Neill) in the wild New Zealand bush. A national manhunt ensues and the two are forced to put aside their differences and work together to survive.

Taika Waititi is one of the most exciting filmmakers in the world,” said Protagonist CEO Mike Goodridge. “His natural talent for warm comedy »

- Leo Barraclough

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