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Berlinale 2015. Official Lineup

16 December 2014 5:53 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

The 65th Berlinale has begun to unveil its lineup for this coming February 5th to 15th in the German capital. Watch this page for updates as more announcements come in.

Competition

Cinderella (Kenneth Branagh)

Ixcanul (Jayro Bustamante)

As We Were Dreaming (Andreas Dresen)

Under Electric Clouds (Alexey German)

Eisenstein in Guanajuato (Peter Greenaway)

45 Years (Andrew Haigh)

Knight of Cups (Terrence Malick)

Perspektive Deutsches Kino

The Bunker (Nikias Chryssos)

Spiderwebhouse (Mara Eibl-Eibesfeldt)

HomeSick (Jakob M. Erwa)

Wanja (Carolina Hellsgård)

Sibylle (Michael Krummenacher)

A Perfect Place (Anatol Schuster)

I Remember (Janna Ji Wonders)

Generation 14Plus

Short Skin (Duccio Chiarini, Italy)

Corbo (Mathieu Denis, Canada)

Nena (Saskia Diesing, Netherlands/Germany)

Flocken (Beata Gårdeler, Sweden)

The Beat Beneath My Feet (John Williams, Great Britain)

Generation Kplus

Paper Planes (Robert Connolly, Australia)

Snow Pirates (Faruk Hacıhafızoğlu, Turkey)

Mini and the Mozzies (Jannik Hastrup and Flemming Quist Møller, Denmark)

Rainbow (Nagesh Kukunoor, India)

My Skinny Sister »

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Daily | Berlinale 2015 Lineup, Round 2

12 December 2014 5:42 AM, PST | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

The Berlinale's announced thirteen features lined up for the Generation programs aimed at younger viewers attending its 65th edition, running from February 5 through 15: Duccio Chiarini's Short Skin, Mathieu Denis's Corbo, Saskia Diesing's Nena, Beata Gårdeler's Flocken, John Williams's The Beat Beneath My Feet, Robert Connolly's Paper Planes, Faruk Hacıhafızoğlu's Kar Korsanları, Jannik Hastrup and Flemming Quist Møller's Cykelmyggen og Minibillen, Nagesh Kukunoor's Dhanak, Sanna Lenken's Min lilla syster, Mark Noonan's You’re Ugly Too, Brian Perkins's Golden Kingdom and Tallulah Schwab's Dorsvloer vol Confetti. » - David Hudson »

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Nearly $260m spent on Australian features

13 November 2014 2:12 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Figure marks second highest spend in five years.

A total of $260m (A$297m) was spent in Australia on the 35 homegrown features that went into production during the 12 months up to June 30 2014, the second highest level of expenditure since 2008/09.

A further $54m (A$62m) was spent abroad across the total slate.

Nearly all these films are yet to be released but local audiences don’t have long to wait.

Paul Fenech’s Fat Pizza Vs Housos releases on Nov 27 (Transmission), Russell Crowe’s directorial debut The Water Diviner (Entertainment One) on Dec 26 and Robert Connolly’s Paper Planes on Jan 15 (Roadshow). But one of the biggest contributors, Alex Proyas’s Gods of Egypt, will not be released until 2016.

Three of the 35 films were co-productions. Only rarely are more than 35 films made in Australia but having three co-productions in the mix is pretty normal. What is not the norm is that all three were with Germany, although production »

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

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Market share plunges for Australian films

10 November 2014 4:11 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Australian films. share of the national box-office this year is destined to fall well short of last year.s 3.5% and the 10-year average of 3.8%.

Through last Sunday the 31 local features and documentaries released this year, plus around 20 titles that carried over from 2013 or earlier years, had racked up $19.6 million.

The year-to-date gross is $908.9 million so that represents a market share of 2.18%. Still to come are Paul Fenech's comedy Fat Pizza vs Housos (November 27), Jon Hewitt.s Turkey Shoot reboot and Jim Lounsbury.s mystery drama Love is Now (both December 4) and Russell Crowe.s The Water Diviner (Boxing Day).

So by year.s end the market share will probably be the lowest since 2004.s 1.3%.

Last year Aussie films and docs accumulated $38.5 million, boosted by The Great Gatsby.s $27.4 million. This year only The Railway Man (which launched on Boxing Day), Wolf Creek 2 and Tracks surpassed $2 million and no other title cracked $1 million. »

- Don Groves

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Paper Planes aids South Sudan screening project

4 November 2014 1:13 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Robert Connolly.s Arenamedia has donated a Led projector to an innovative charitable project in South Sudan which will be used to screen educational and entertainment content and information to a remote community in the war-torn country.

The writer-director.s 3D children.s film Paper Planes will be among the first titles shown at the mini-cinema.

Documentary filmmaker Samuel Richards aims to raise $12,500 via crowd-funding site Chuffed.org for the Portal Project. This initiative will entail taking the Led projector/media player, fabric video screen, sound system and solar-powered generator to the Turalei children's shelter in South Sudan.

The system will serve as a tool for educational programs, public meetings, ceremonies, broadcasting information, health bulletins and entertainment.

Richards is recording video messages of hope and support from members of the expat Sudanese community in Melbourne, many of whom were refugees from the civil war.

By co-incidence, Connolly had filmed a »

- Don Groves

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Paper Planes aids Sudanese screening project

4 November 2014 1:13 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Robert Connolly.s Arenamedia has donated a Led projector to an innovative charitable project in South Sudan which will be used to screen educational and entertainment content and information to a remote community in the war-torn country.

The writer-director.s 3D children.s film Paper Planes will be among the first titles shown at the mini-cinema.

Documentary filmmaker Samuel Richards aims to raise $12,500 via crowd-funding site Chuffed.org for the Portal Project. This initiative will entail taking the Led projector/media player, fabric video screen, sound system and solar-powered generator to the Turalei children's shelter in South Sudan.

The system will serve as a tool for educational programs, public meetings, ceremonies, broadcasting information, health bulletins and entertainment.

Richards is recording video messages of hope and support from members of of the expat South Sudanese community in Melbourne, many of whom were refugees from the civil war.

By co-incidence, Connolly had »

- Don Groves

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New arrival shakes up talent management business

29 October 2014 3:53 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Former Rgm agents Tracey Silvester and Theresa Huska have launched Independent Management Company with the backing of music and theatre impresario Paul Dainty.

The move marks the biggest shake-up in the talent agency business since Natasha Harrison and Lee-Anne Higgins departed Shanahan Management three years ago and formed United Management with Trish McAskill and Catherine Handley.

More than a dozen Rgm clients have crossed to Independent Management. They include Olivia DeJonge, Sigrid Thornton, Dustin Clare, Rick Donald, Sharni Vinson and Chai Romruen.

Us-born, Perth-raised Devon Terrell, who left Rgm earlier this year, has landed the lead in Codes of Conduct, HBO.s drama pilot from Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave). Terrell, who graduated from Nida last year, is playing a young black man who enters New York high society.

Huska, who had been with Rgm for 10 years, departed in June. She had known Dainty, whom she met via an Rgm client, »

- Don Groves

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Mission: Pozible backs futuristic sci-fier

29 October 2014 1:17 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Short films director and VFX artist Seth Larney aims to make his feature writing and directing debut on Subject 14, a futuristic sci-fi survival saga.

The film is set in 2067 when the Earth faces an oxygen crisis after deforestation and nuclear spills into the ocean. The protagonist Ethan Whyte boards a time-machine and embarks on a journey as humanity's last hope for survival.

The producer is Lisa Shaunessy, Larney.s partner in Chaotic Pictures. Michael Rymer, currently working on the Deadline Gallipoli miniseries for Foxtel, will serve as Ep after spending several years consulting on script, genre and methodology with Larney. The project has received script and project development support from Screen Australia, Screen Nsw, Aftrs and the Kenneth B Myer Award, Pixomondo Beijing, Arclight Films and Mushroom Pictures, which will distribute in Oz.

Denson Baker (untitled Jim Loach Film, Paper Planes) will lens the film, with Oscar-nominated editor Luke Doolan (Miracle Fish, »

- Don Groves

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Mission:Pozible backs futuristic sci-fier

29 October 2014 1:17 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Short films director and VFX artist Seth Larney aims to make his feature writing and directing debut on Subject 14, a futuristic sci-fi survival saga.

The film is set in 2067 when the Earth faces an oxygen crisis after deforestation and nuclear spills into the ocean. The protagonist Ethan Whyte boards a time-machine and embarks on a journey as humanity's last hope for survival.

The producer is Lisa Shaunessy, Larney.s partner in Chaotic Pictures. Michael Rymer, currently working on the Deadline Gallipoli miniseries for Foxtel, will serve as Ep after spending several years consulting on script, genre and methodology with Larney. The project has received script and project development support from Screen Australia, Screen Nsw, Aftrs and the Kenneth B Myer Award, Pixomondo Beijing, Arclight Films and Mushroom Pictures, which will distribute in Oz.

Denson Baker (untitled Jim Loach Film, Paper Planes) will lens the film, with Oscar-nominated editor Luke Doolan (Miracle Fish, »

- Don Groves

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Ed Oxenbould is Very Bad Day's Star...and Kangaroo Consultant

7 October 2014 4:33 PM, PDT | kidspickflicks | See recent kidspickflicks news »

13-year-old Ed Oxenbould is Australian. His character Alexander is a huge fan of all things Australian (even though he's American). Coincidence? I think not.

"It was actually very funny because there were a lot of Australian stereotypes going around on set but I cleared them up," Ed says. "[The filmmakers] consulted me for Australian things and I think it helped the authenticity of it."

One of the stereotypes he straightens out is that Aussies are best friends with kangaroos. He says this isn't true because kangaroos can kill you with one kick. How about the kick that Steve Carrell's character receives in the movie? Ed says it was a lucky kick.

Ed, like his character, loves Australian animals and was thrilled to work with the animals on set. He says that he enjoyed filming Alexander's huge birthday party with real tiki torches, animals, food and music. "Some days you just forget there's a camera there. »

- cassandrahsiao@hotmail.com (Star Reporter Cassandra)

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Ed Oxenbould is Very Bad Day's Star...and Kangaroo Consultant

7 October 2014 4:33 PM, PDT | kidspickflicks | See recent kidspickflicks news »

13-year-old Ed Oxenbould is Australian. His character Alexander is a huge fan of all things Australian (even though he's American). Coincidence? I think not.

"It was actually very funny because there were a lot of Australian stereotypes going around on set but I cleared them up," Ed says. "[The filmmakers] consulted me for Australian things and I think it helped the authenticity of it."

One of the stereotypes he straightens out is that Aussies are best friends with kangaroos. He says this isn't true because kangaroos can kill you with one kick. How about the kick that Steve Carrell's character receives in the movie? Ed says it was a lucky kick.

Ed, like his character, loves Australian animals and was thrilled to work with the animals on set. He says that he enjoyed filming Alexander's huge birthday party with real tiki torches, animals, food and music. "Some days you just forget there's a camera there. »

- cassandrahsiao@hotmail.com (Star Reporter Cassandra)

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‘Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day’ Review: Good Weekend Ahead?

6 October 2014 6:28 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

So is Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day going to have a not terrible, not horrible, very good weekend when it debuts Friday? Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond reviews Disney’s film adaptation of the much-loved (and frequently adapted) children’s book and gives his verdict on the 2014 version.

The film is directed by Miguel Arteta (The Good Girl, a whole lot of TV) and stars Steve Carell (Foxcatcher, The Office) and Jennifer Garner (Dallas Buyers Club, Men, Women & Children) as poor Alexander’s equally put-upon parents.

The film also stars Megan Mullally (Will & Grace, Parks & Recreation), with Ed Oxenbould (Julian, Paper Planes) as the titular troubled preteen.

Are you a fan of the book? Looking forward to the film? Let us know what you think.

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- Pete Hammond

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Korea, Australia sign co-pro agreement

2 October 2014 3:23 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Screen Australia has announced it will sign an Mou on co-production with the Korean Film Council (Kofic) Oct 4 at the Busan International Film Festival (Biff).

Screen Australia and Kofic, signing on behalf of the Korean Communications Commission (Kcc), will put the Co-production Arrangement into place after the Korean-Australian Free Trade Agreement, with its annex on audio-visual co-production, is passed.

Screen Australia COO Fiona Cameron said ahead of the Mou signing: “This agreement will ready us to accept applications as soon as the Free-Trade Agreement comes into force, which will permit immediate commencement of official co-productions between the two countries.

“Australia is a great partner, used to working collaboratively.  This new step will present some fantastic opportunities especially in children’s animation.”

Biff (Oct 2-11) will screen four Australian films including Robert Connolly’s Paper Planes and Tania ChambersKill Me Three Times.

Director/producer Robert Connolly said: “Paper Planes was made with a significant creative and financial »

- hjnoh2007@gmail.com (Jean Noh)

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Avatar star Sam Worthington in new Paper Planes trailer

15 September 2014 3:33 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The Sam Worthington-starring Paper Planes has released a new trailer.

Robert Connolly has directed the Australian family film.

Ed Oxenbould stars as an 11-year-old fighting to win Australia's National Paper Plane Championships.

Worthington stars as his dad.

Anthony Lapaglia and David Wenham also feature in the movie.

Paper Planes screened at the Toronto Film Festival, as well as Worthington's The Keeping Room and Cake.

The film will be released in Australia and New Zealand on January 15, 2015. A UK and Us release date are yet to be announced. »

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Producers urged to avoid the middle ground

11 September 2014 3:36 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Go big or go small- just avoid the middle ground in Australian film budgets.

That approach is being advocated by some industry executives and producers in response to the global trend which sees many mid-level films being marginalised.

.In light of the recent flight of the indie audiences in Australia and worldwide and the fact that indie films are struggling in the cinematic marketplace, there will be an increasing bifurcation of the production landscape,. predicts Safc CEO Richard Harris.

.There has long been a discussion about what has been dubbed the .dead zone. for feature films, somewhere between $5m-$15m.

.Some Australian producers will continue to see cinema as the main game for their film and therefore they will think about their budget in terms of competing in what is an increasingly difficult theatrical space.

.Others, however, will be . or in many cases already are . thinking about making their film »

- Don Groves

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Toronto Showcases Wide Range of Asian Films

7 September 2014 5:34 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

More than any festival outside the Asian region, Toronto serves up the widest range of contemporary Asian cinema each year.

The festival can perhaps thank the city’s multi-cultural makeup: Toronto has significant Indian and East Asian populations. And the festival can be grateful for its large scale, which allows it more room to cover the diversity of the world’s most prolific filmmaking region than smaller events.

But credit also should go to Asian programmer Giovanna Fulvi and Tiff’s chief selector Cameron Bailey, who makes several trips per year to the region and is personally responsible for the selection

of Indian films.

Bailey has been credited with popularizing the term “Hindie,” short for “Hindi indie.” It reflects the trend for internationally aware and financially savvy Indian filmmakers to break ranks with the country’s traditional film financing sources (and some Bollywood stereotypes), and instead use co-productions and private »

- Patrick Frater

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Indie cinemas launch My Cinema

27 August 2014 3:13 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

The Independent Cinemas Association of Australia (Icaa) today launched the My Cinema - The Heart of the Community marketing platform and website.

Tying in with the launch is a national promotion for the Disney release of Planes Fire and Rescue, which opens on September 18, offering a trip for a family of four to Disneyland.

Icaa said the next competition will be run in conjunction with the January launch of Roadshow.s Paper Planes, a children.s film directed and co-written by Rob Connolly, starring Sam Worthington, Anthony Lapaglia, Ed Oxenbould and Deborah Mailman, which won the $100,000 CinefestOZ prize for best film.

Operating as a national umbrella circuit of Australian independent cinemas, My Cinema creates marketing opportunities for cinemas and audiences to participate in co-ordinated promotional campaigns across more than 160 member locations.

Independent cinemas comprise 25% of the 1,991 screens in Australia and 32% of cinema sites. Icaa represents the owners and operators of 669 screens. »

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Paper Planes wins CinefestOZ award

23 August 2014 1:05 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Robert Connolly writes and directs; the festival also awards Joel Edgerton with screen legend prize.

Writer/director Robert Connolly’s family film Paper Planes has tonight won the inaugural $93,155 (A$100,000) film prize.

The award was announced tonight by jury head, director Bruce Beresford, at CinefestOZ, a film festival held in the city of Busselton in Western Australian.

The screen legend award went to Joel Edgerton, whose star has been rising in front of the camera in the Us.

Roadshow Films is planning a very ambitious release for Paper Planes on January 15 during the summer school holidays — very few children’s films are made in Australia (only homegrown films are eligible for the award).

Paper Planes was produced by Connolly, Liz Kearney and Maggie Miles, and was mostly filmed in Western Australia, although some shooting took place in Tokyo, where the paper plane championships that capped off the story were held. Arclight handles »

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

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Paper Planes wins lucrative CinefestOZ award

23 August 2014 1:05 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Robert Connolly writes and directs; the festival also awards Joel Edgerton with screen legend prize.

Writer/director Robert Connolly’s family film Paper Planes has tonight won the inaugural $93,155 (A$100,000) film prize.

The award was announced tonight by jury head, director Bruce Beresford, at CinefestOZ, a film festival held in the city of Busselton in Western Australian.

The screen legend award went to Joel Edgerton, whose star has been rising in front of the camera in the Us.

Roadshow Films is planning a very ambitious release for Paper Planes on January 15 during the summer school holidays — very few children’s films are made in Australia (only homegrown films are eligible for the award).

Paper Planes was produced by Connolly, Liz Kearney and Maggie Miles, and was mostly filmed in Western Australia, although some shooting took place in Tokyo, where the paper plane championships that capped off the story were held. Arclight handles »

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

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Paper Planes wins Australia's richest film prize at CinefestOZ

23 August 2014 7:36 AM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

A scene from winning film Paper Planes..

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Robert Connolly.s family feature Paper Planes has taken out Australia.s richest film prize of $100,000 at the seventh annual CinéfestOZ Film Festival on Saturday night..

Paper Planes follows 11-year old Dylan (Ed Oxenbould) whose life changes after winning a place in the regional paper planes competition in Sydney. This achievement takes him far from his country home and depressed father (Sam Worthington), all the way to the World Paper Plane Championships in Japan.

The film beat out five other contenders; Matt Saville.s Felony, Stephen Lance.s My Mistress, Julius Avery.s Son of a Gun, John V Soto.s The Reckoning and Russell Vines. documentary The Waler . Australia.s Great War Horse. (All finalist synopses listed below).

.I.m so, so happy,. Connolly said of his win. .I.m really excited because we are planning for a Christmas/January release and »

- Emily Blatchford

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