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The sisters behind ‘Drama’ on day and date releases and forgoing gov funds

22 November 2016 4:29 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Writer-director Sophie Mathisen didn.t tread the usual path in making her first film, Drama.

While studying for her Ma at London.s Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Sophie was charged with making a short for her thesis..

Having had an idea .kicking around. her brain for years, Sophie pitched a feature instead. She locked herself away over eight days at Christmas to write a script, and enlisted her sister, Dominique, to be her producer.

The result was Drama, a .friendship romantic comedy. about a down-on-her-luck Aussie actor, Anna, living in London — played by Sophie. Still hung up on an ex, Anna travels to Paris to visit her best friend Jean (Jonathan Burtreaux). However the timing isn.t ideal: Jean is having issues with his own partner, Philippe (François Vincentelli).

The team was shooting eight months after the script was finished. The short time frame they had to »

- Jackie Keast

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Is there a theatrical future for Australian movies? If talks to Richard Harris

13 November 2016 3:53 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Richard Harris.

Screen Australia.s Head of Business and Audience, Richard Harris, talks to If about the year that.s been, what.s ahead and the risk of betting big on blockbusters alone..

How.s this year looking to you as compared to last year?.

Last year was pretty remarkable. One of the problems I have, and particularly after a big year like last year, is the kind of short-term-ism of trying to guess how things are performing. One of the things you get with a big year like last year or a really poor year the year before is [people say], everything.s terrible or everything.s great. We [Screen Australia] are looking at reporting things on a longer term basis. Last year, for example, we got great results that came through from The Water Diviner but it didn.t actually recognize that The Water Diviner had released over two years. It released after Boxing Day. »

- Harry Windsor

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British Comedian Ben Elton Shoots Australia-set ‘Three Summers’

7 September 2016 7:03 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

British comedian, novelist and screenwriter Ben Elton has begun production of “Three Summers,” his first film set in his adopted Australia.

The movie is an ensemble comedy set in the music festival scene and taking place over three consecutive years. Production takes place in the Peel Region of Western Australia.

“Three Summers” is an Invisible Republic / Taylor Media production, with principal investment from Screen Australia and ScreenWest. International sales are handled by Sydney- and Los Angeles-based Arclight Films, with Transmission Films set as the Australian distributor.

Production is by Michael Wrenn of Invisible Republic (“Women He’s Undressed,” “The Rocket”) and Sue Taylor of Taylor Media (“Looking for Grace”.) Executive producer is Mark Anderson.

The cast includes Robert Sheehan (“Misfits”,) Rebecca Breeds (TV’s “Pretty Little Liars”,) John Waters (TV’s “Offspring”,) Magda Szubanski (“Happy Feet,” “Babe”,) and Michael Caton (“Last Cab to Darwin”.)

“Festivals are the great levelers. We »

- Patrick Frater

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Aurora becomes Amplifier: breaking down the key differences

7 August 2016 4:52 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Karen Radzyner.

Screen Nsw development and production executive Karen Radzyner is spearheading Screen Nsw.s new script development program, Amplifier. If gets the lowdown on how it differs from its predecessor.

Why the change from Aurora to Amplifier?

Amplifier will build on Aurora.s successes, this time with an individual focus on each project. We wanted to signal the change in the program to the industry. Giving it a new name and shape we hope will magnify Amplifier.s fresh approach.

What are the key differences?

The main difference is the bespoke nature of the program. Its defining factor is that it is customised to the individual projects. We will make the key decisions about how Amplifier: Adaptation can best nurture each project, only when we know those projects have been selected. In this way, we can work with the creative teams to make Screen Nsw's funding and relationships »

- Harry Windsor

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Last Cab to Darwin scribe Reg Cribb on his favourite movies, 70's cinema

31 July 2016 7:07 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Reg Cribb.

Last Cab to Darwin scribe Reg Cribb is Dendy Direct's Guest Curator for August 2016.

Each month, Dendy Direct invites a guest curator to pick their favourite titles available via the VOD service, with No Activity's Patrick Brammall and The Rover's David Michôd two recent participants.

Cribb, who is currently working on a feature film adaptation of his play.The Damned, winner of the 2012 Nsw Premier.s Literary Award, said his choices were dictated by his upbringing on an isolated coastal town in Western Australia called Esperance.

.In the early 70.s, we had no TV infiltrating our lives. When I wasn.t reading voraciously, our whole family would pack up the Holden and visit one of the two drive-in theatres on the outskirts of town, at least three times a week. Many of the films I have chosen were devoured by me on the big screen at »

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Last Cab to Darwin begins Us roll-out with New York opening today

9 June 2016 5:51 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Ningali Lawford-Wolf and Michael Caton in Last Cab to Darwin.

Last Cab to Darwin is set to be released across the USA via Icon, starting in New York today, June 10, and rolling out across eight cities throughout June and July..

The Aacta-winning film starring Michael Caton screened on the closing night of the Palm Springs International Film Festival in January.

.I've spent the last 12 months being astounded by the universally positive and passionate response that Last Cab has engendered at festivals around the world," director Jeremy Sims said.

"The response to the genuinely Australian characters and situations we created has been one of recognition and affection. I'm hoping the film continues to build the scale of its audience for another 12 months."

Playdates so far include:

New York, NY

Cinema Village

Opens June 10, 2016

Los Angeles, CA

Laemmle Music Hall

Opens June 17, 2016

Boston, Ma

Landmark Kendall Square

Opens July 1, 2016

Santa Fe, Nm »

- Staff Writer

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Screen Nsw ditches Aurora, replaces it with biennial Amplifier program

29 May 2016 10:13 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Screen Nsw CEO Courtney Gibson.

Screen Nsw has unveiled a new script development program for feature films, replacing the Aurora program.

Starting from this year, Amplifier will bring international mentors together with Nsw creative teams for tailored script development.

Amplifier is designed to provide direct pathways to the end market, and Screen Nsw has undertaken to "work with the teams for the entire life of the selected projects.".

.What.s unique about Amplifier is that we are not taking a one-size-fits-all approach", Screen Nsw CEO Courtney Gibson said. .

"Every feature film requires a different development and funding path and the structure of Amplifier reflects that, with a specific program developed for every film selected..

Screen Nsw will call for applicants for every two years and each Amplifier will have a theme or genre focus..

Applications are now open for the first program - Amplifier: Adaptation.

.We are taking a broad »

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unINDIAN to be screened at Cannes Antipodes during Cannes 2016 as a part of its Australian focus

12 May 2016 4:00 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Anupam Sharma’s cross cultural Australian comedy unINDIAN, featuring cricket star, Brett Lee and internationally acclaimed Indian actress, Tannishtha Chatterjee, will be screened in the Antipodes Festival at Cannes during Cannes Films Festival this May 2016, then in October 2016 during St Tropez Film Festival (https://issuu.com/michelolivier/docs/cannesantipodes2016__bd_). The film was produced with financial assistance from Screen Australia and Screen Nsw and major investment from Australia India Film Fund.

Opening with a world premiere at Montreal, unINDIAN continued to be screened at number of film festivals throughout Europe and America. The film opened across 70 screens in Australia, with Madman picking up ancilliary sales in Australia. The producers will be selling the film to various territories, particularly India, through their global sales agents, Yellow Affair at Cannes. Speaking from Cannes, Miira Paasillinna and Chris Howard from Yellow Affair said “We are delighted to be selling this warm and funny Australian film. »

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Nominees unveiled for the 2016 Heath Ledger Scholarship

11 May 2016 3:46 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

(l-r) Meyne Wyatt, Sean Keenan, Chloe Bayliss, Sara West, Shareena Clanton, Georgia Flood, Harley Bonner.

The 2016 nominees for the annual Heath Ledger Scholarship were unveiled last night in Sydney.

The finalists include Christian Antidormi (Spartacus: War of the Damned, Home and Away), Mojean Aria (The Bronx Bull), Natasha Bassett (Hail, Caesar!), Chloe Bayliss (Backtrack), Harley Bonner (Neighbours), Shareena Clanton (Last Cab to Darwin), Ashleigh Cummings (Tomorrow When the War Began, Puberty Blues), Georgia Flood (Home and Away), Sean Keenan (Strangerland), Uli Latukefu (upcoming Alien: Covenant), Sara West (Peter Allen: Not The Boy Next Door, The Daughter) and Meyne Wyatt (Neighbours, Strangerland, The Sapphires)..

Heath.s father, Kim Ledger said, "Australian's in Film have encouraged another wonderful group of applicants for the Heath Ledger Scholarship in 2016. I would like to thank all of them, including Matilda and the team at AiF, and further congratulate those excellent aspirants who have managed to »

- Staff Writer

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Icaa CEO Adrianne Pecotic touts importance of innovation in survival of cinemas

4 May 2016 11:12 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

This year's Independent Cinemas Association of Australia, at Melbourne's Palace Cinemas Como, wraps up this afternoon after three days of presentations from distributors, projection specialists and independent cinema owners themselves.

Below is an edited transcript of Icaa.CEO Adrianne Pecotic's opening address.

The impact of technology on media and entertainment businesses has been, and continues to be, profound. Three years ago we were here at this theatre in Melbourne celebrating the power of digital, and the certainty that the majority of independent exhibitors in Australia and New Zealand were going to be able to convert from analog technology with the hard-won backing of the distributors, and the support of technical service providers and the Network Operations Centre.

This was a revolutionary moment for every exhibitor that today seems a normal part of day to day operations. That is innovation for you — last years .brand new tech. becomes .must have. and »

- Adrianne Pecotic

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Icaa CEO Adrianne Pecotic touts value of innovation in survival of indie cinemas

4 May 2016 11:12 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

The annual Independent Cinemas Association of Australia wraps up today, after three days of presentations from distributors, projection specialists and independent cinema owners themselves. Below is an edited transcript of Icaa.CEO Adrianne Pecotic's opening address.

The impact of technology on media and entertainment businesses has been, and continues to be, profound. Three years ago we were here at this theatre in Melbourne celebrating the The Power of Digital and the certainty that the majority of independent exhibitors in Australia and New Zealand were going to be able to convert from analog technology with the hard-won backing of the distributors and the support of technical service providers and the Network Operations Centre.

This was a revolutionary moment for every exhibitor that today seems a normal part of day to day operations. That is innovation for you — last years .brand new tech. becomes .must have. and then common place in an increasingly fast timeframe. »

- Adrianne Pecotic

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Screen Australia appoints two new investment managers

2 May 2016 11:40 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

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Shana Levine.

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Screen Australia has appointed Lisa Duff and Shana Levine as investment managers on its production team.

Prior to the appointment, Duff been an Investment development manager in the documentary unit for more than a year, where she has managed a large slate of projects and provided advice to filmmakers seeking funding..

Duff was also a producer on Last Cab to Darwin.

Levine has been a member of the Screen Australia Legal team, having held the position of senior lawyer at Screen Australia for more than five years..

During this time, Levine has earned Screen Australia a long list of credits on complex film and TV investment deals, according to a Screen Australia statement..

Levine has also produced Charlie & Boots.

In their new roles, Duff and Levine will report to Sally Caplan, Screen Australia.s Head of Production.

Lisa Duff.

Caplan said: .Lisa and Shana were the outstanding candidates. »

- Staff Writer

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Pawno opens to healthy box office and positive reviews

26 April 2016 4:24 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Watch the stars of Pawno celebrate the opening night at The Sun Theatre.

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Australian feature Pawno has opened to postive reviews and a healthy box office.

The film, directed/produced by Paul Ireland and written/produced by Damian Hill, opened nationally on April 21 and achieved $3,120 per showing on 19 screens over the Anzac Day long weekend.

The character driven ensemble, set in the diverse and mulicultural Melbourne suburbe of Footscray, recorded particularly strong results at The Sun in Yarraville, Melbourne, where the film opened to a gala premiere.

Ireland, Hill, and key cast members including Kerry Armstrong (Lantana), Tony Rickards (Holding The Man) and Mark Coles Smith (Last Cab to Darwin), walked the red carpet before guests packed out four sold-out sessions..

Australian actors Rachel Griffiths (Six Feet Under), Damian Walshe Howling, film industry figure Steve Vizard, and Victorian Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley were among the audience attending.

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- Brian Karlovsky

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Sff director Nashen Moodley teases opening night film, Ivan Sen's Goldstone

25 April 2016 6:19 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Alex Russell and Aaron Pedersen in Ivan Sen's Goldstone.

When If speaks to Sydney Film Festival director Nashen Moodley, he's at the tail-end of a whirlwind day in which Ivan Sen's.Goldstone was unveiled as the festival's opening night film, to screen at Sydney's State Theatre on June 8..

So what's the reaction been like?

"So far it's been very positive," Moodley said..

"People are very eager to see Ivan Sen's new film. He's such a special filmmaker, and such a multi-talented one. He writes, directs, edits, composes the score, and has such an incredible body of work."

Moodley saw the film almost seven weeks ago, in early March, just after Sen had finished it.

"There was an opportunity to see an early cut, but we had enough time to see it when it was finished, so we waited."

"The film looks incredible, and he shot it himself »

- Harry Windsor

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2016 Adg award nominees unveiled across sixteen categories

11 April 2016 6:43 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Adg awards nominee Jennifer Peedom.

More than a third of nominees for this year's Australian Directors Guild awards are women.

Two of the four nominees in the Best Direction in a Feature Film category are women and all five films in the Best Documentary Feature category were directed or co-directed by female filmmakers, the Adg said in a statement..

The 2016 awards will be presented across sixteen categories including film, television, animation, multiplatform, music and advertising..

The nominees for Best Direction in a Feature Film are Sue Brooks for Looking for Grace, Jocelyn Moorhouse for The Dressmaker, Bentley Dean and Martin Butler for Tanna and Jeremy Sims for Last Cab to Darwin.

This year there are five nominations for Best Feature Documentary: Nick Bird and Eleanor Sharpe for Remembering The Man, Jennifer Peedom for Sherpa, Margot Nash for The Silences, Stefan Moore and Susan Lambert for Tyke Elephant Outlaw and Lisa Nicol for Wide Open Sky. »

- Staff Writer

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Iconic independent cinema completes transformative turnaround

10 April 2016 6:48 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

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The revmaped State Cinemat in North Hobart.

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The State Cinema in North Hobart was established in 1913 and is one of the oldest cinemas in Australia — yet there.s no popcorn..

It is also open every day of the year yet there.s no post-mix either, or Marvel films or flashing lights as you wander in.

The State Cinema in North Hobart was established in 1913 and is one of the oldest cinemas in Australia — yet there.s no popcorn..

It is also open every day of the year yet there.s no post-mix either, or Marvel films or flashing lights as you wander in.

But that was not always the case. The iconic venue has undergone a transformation that has taken it from a government-owned operation taking 20,000 admissions a year to one which now takes more than 250,000 annually.

It had been run by the Australian Film Institute after it was purchased »

- Brian Karlovsky

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Reg Cribb talks about career highlights and current projects at Screenworks

31 March 2016 3:27 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Reg Cribb.

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Playwright and screenwriter Reg Cribb is set to share his career highlights and talk about his current projects at a Screenworks event in Byron Bay.

Cribb, who recently won the Aacta award for Best Adapted Screenplay for his film adaptation of Last Cab to Darwin, will spend an evening .In Conversation. with local screenwriter and script editor Charlie de Salis at Sae Creative Institute on April 14.

Cribb will also talk about two projects he is currently working on in the Northern Rivers. .

Screenworks general manager, Ken Crouch, said there were many people in the community that would benefit from an evening with Reg Cribb.

.His numerous box office hits on stage and screen are evidence of how much Australian audiences love his work and we are very fortunate to have this talented writer take the time to talk with us about his craft and his career,. he said. »

- Staff Writer

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Pomeranz and Stratton reunite for Pawno screening at Chauvel

31 March 2016 2:52 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

David Stratton and Margaret Pomeranz will reunite to host a special screening of independent Australian feature Pawno.

The screening, .at Sydney.s Chauvel Cinema on April 12, will see Pomeranz and Stratton join in a Q&A with the key talent of the new Australian comic drama film from first time director Paul Ireland, which Pomeranz describes as .a bolt from the blue..

.I love this film, loved it, loved it,. she said.

Pawno is produced by Paul Ireland and Damian Hills. Toothless Pictures and distributed by Mind Blowing World. It opens across 20 screens nationally on April 21..

Joining Margaret and David onstage will be director Paul Ireland, Pawno screenwriter and actor Damian Hill, beloved Australian veteran actors John Brumpton and Kerry Armstrong, and other key cast members..

The character-driven ensemble film takes place in a dusty old pawnbroker.s, where world-weary owner Les Underwood (John Brumpton) watches as the lives of »

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Airlock to premiere on SyFy, Rockzeline sells to Studio Plus

28 March 2016 6:08 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

(l-r) Marc Furmie, Enzo Tedeschi, Dan Mor, Igor Breakenback.

Online sci-fi series Airlock,.starring Mark Coles Smith (Last Cab to Darwin) and Dan Mor (Arrowhead), will premiere in Australia on the SyFy Channel next month.

Premiering as a telemovie, Airlock is the work of creator-producer Enzo Tedeschi and director Marc Furmie (Terminus), and is about "a drifting derelict spaceship [which] docks with an isolated space station". .

"Inside is a dead crew and a band of stowaway refugees. Tasked with the investigation, security officer Jonah Ashbrook (Mark Coles Smith) is thrown headlong into a series of events that will turn life on the station into a life or death crisis".

It stars Dwaine Stevenson (Infini) as well as Kristy Best and was funded by Screen Australia through the Multi-platform Drama program..

Tedeschi's Deadhouse Films appointed Rockzeline as the international sales agent, and Rockzeline has sold the series to Studio Plus (CanalPlay International »

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Mark Coles Smith heads to Cannes in Genna Chanelle Hayes short Wurinyan

13 March 2016 8:25 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Rising stars Mark Coles Smith and Genna Hayes will screen their short film, Wurinyan, as part of Cannes' Festival Corner..

Shot entirely in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs, the short, which runs at 34 minutes, also stars Christine Anu, Rarriwuy Hick and Peter Mochrie.

Wurinyan was directed by Hayes, executive produced by John McGrath and Paul Ralph and shot by Dop Rupert Brown.

Hayes, who has just returned from South America after starring in Venezuelan thriller Infection, said she was excited to share this Australian story with an international audience..

.This was a passion project for many of us involved, and to access a global audience at the most prestigious film festival in the world and spread awareness about these issues is incredible,. she said..

Last Cab to Darwin's Coles Smith said he was drawn to the project "as it not only raises awareness about important social issues, but also offers hope »

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