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Harriet Walter and Frances O’Connor to star in 'The End' for Sky, See-Saw

Harriet Walter and Frances O’Connor to star in 'The End' for Sky, See-Saw
The 10-part series will start shooting in Australia in October.

UK actress Harriet Walter is set to star with Australia’s Frances O’Connor in The End, a 10-part series about three generations of a family, that wlll start shooting in Queensland in Australia in October.

See-Saw Films is producing the series, a co-production between Sky in the UK and Australia’s Foxtel. It will air on Sky Atlantic and Now TV in the UK and Ireland in 2019. Endeavour Content is selling the series internationally.

The End is written by Samatha Strauss, who co-created the hit Australian series Dance Academy,
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Sky, Foxtel Order ‘The End,’ Starring Harriet Walter, Frances O’Connor

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Sky, Foxtel Order ‘The End,’ Starring Harriet Walter, Frances O’Connor
Harriet Walter, who appeared in “The Crown” and “Black Earth Rising,” and Frances O’Connor, who was Golden Globe nominated for “Madame Bovary” and “The Missing,” are set to star in “The End,” a co-production from pay-tv companies Sky in the U.K. and Foxtel in Australia.

The 10-part show is produced by the TV arm of See-Saw, which produced Jane Campion’s Emmy-nominated series “Top of the Lake,” and whose recent movies include Steve McQueen’s heist thriller “Widows.” See-Saw’s past movies include “The King’s Speech,” which won four Oscars, including best picture.

The End,” described as “thought-provoking, darkly comic and full of heart” by Liz Lewin, executive producer for Sky, is about three generations of a family “with separate but intersecting obsessions – trying to figure out how to die with dignity, live with none and make it count,” according to a statement.

O’Connor plays Dr.
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2019 marks the 40-year anniversary of the Nsw Premier’s Literary Awards.

A prize pool up to $305,000 will be offered in 2018 across 10 categories, including scriptwriting:

Betty Roland Prize for Scriptwriting Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting Multicultural Nsw Award

Past winners include Jane Campion, Katherine Thomson and Leah Purcell.

Writers and illustrators whose works are nominated must be living Australian citizens or persons holding permanent resident status.

The Nsw Premier’s Literary Awards are presented by the Nsw Government and administered by the State Library in association with Create Nsw.

For more information and to enter:

http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/pla

Email awards@sl.nsw.gov.au

Phone (02) 9273 1582

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Toronto Film Review: ‘Out of Blue’

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Toronto Film Review: ‘Out of Blue’
Without necessarily admiring the result, one can admire the wackadoodle ambition of Carol Morley’s “Out of Blue” (the missing definite article is itself a salutary warning about a plot that will misplace a whole bunch of articles en route to its mystifying finale). It’s not every filmmaker, after all, who’ll toss astrophysics, metaphysics, Martin Amis, cop procedurals, recovered memories, serial killers, family tragedies and a whole dress-up chest of unlikely costumes and props into the stratosphere on just her third narrative feature, and it’s the sort of reckless abandon we ought to applaud. But rather like Schrödinger’s famous thought experiment, which is laboriously outlined twice during this glitchy, shambolic affair, the resulting admixture exists in a quantum state. Schrödinger’s beleaguered cat is both alive and dead; “Out of Blue” is, at all times, both sort of interesting and quite bad — equal parts workaday homage
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Elisabeth Moss on ‘Her Smell’ and Why She Won’t Do a ‘Mad Men’ Reboot

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Elisabeth Moss on ‘Her Smell’ and Why She Won’t Do a ‘Mad Men’ Reboot
Elisabeth Moss puts it all out there as the strung-out rock star at the center of “Her Smell.”

The Alex Ross Perry drama earned raves for the Emmy winner when it screened at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, with many critics noting that the drug-addled, hard-partying singer is a change of pace role for Moss who tends to portray more outwardly composed characters in shows such as “Mad Men.” Moss learned to play the guitar and does her own singing in the film, a stretch that she found alternately terrifying and exhilarating.

Her Smell” is Moss’s third collaboration with Perry — the two previously worked together on “Listen Up Philip” and “Queen of Earth.” On the eve of the film’s Toronto debut, Moss spoke with Variety about drawing on Axl Rose for inspiration, the feminist side of punk rock, and why she thinks her Hulu hit “The
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‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’: Quentin Tarantino Finds His Charles Manson in Australian Actor Damon Herriman

‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’: Quentin Tarantino Finds His Charles Manson in Australian Actor Damon Herriman
The search for Quentin Tarantino’s Charles Manson is over. The Wrap confirms the director has cast Australian actor Damon Herriman as the infamous serial killer in his ninth feature, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” The casting news arrives as Tarantino is already well into production on the 1969-set movie, which is shaping up to be his penultimate effort if he sticks to his plan to retire after ten movies.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a television actor trying to break into the film industry alongside his friends and stuntman, played by Brad Pitt. The characters live next door to Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski, played by Margot Robbie and Rafal Zawierucha. Tate and four others were murdered by members of the Manson Family cult on August 9, 1969.

Herriman is best known in the U.S. for playing Dewey Crowe on five seasons of the FX series “Justified.
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Jane Fonda to narrate second part of Venice doc 'Women Make Film' (exclusive)

Jane Fonda to narrate second part of Venice doc 'Women Make Film' (exclusive)
Fonda joins Tilda Swinton as a narrator on the project.

Two-time Oscar-winning American actress Jane Fonda has signed up to be the second narrator of epic documentary Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema, the first part of which plays at Venice Film Festival this week.

Tilda Swinton narrates the first four hours of the film, which premieres in the Venice Classics strand on Saturday (Sept 1) and will then travel to Toronto.

Mark Cousins directs the episodic project, which will be 16 hours long when completed in spring 2019. Producers are John Archer for Hopscotch Films with Swinton as exec producer.
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Undertow review – intensely gripping female-led Australian drama

Miranda Nation takes a bold approach to pregnancy and abortion in her Geelong-shot film that evokes the work of Jane Campion

Film is an intensely collaborative art form, which is one of the reasons the auteur theory was established: to help navigate a sea of creative people dabbing away at their corner of the canvas. It is an effective way to define authorship and contextualise film history, though sometimes an artist comes along whose work is so strong in a non-directing role they seem to call into question auteurism’s very validity.

The Australian cinematographer Bonnie Elliott is one of them. Her compositions have a striking tendency to explore relationships between people and places. They have profoundly enhanced productions including Spear, Teenage Kicks, These Final Hours, TV’s Seven Types of Ambiguity and now Undertow – a Geelong-shot psychological drama premiering this week at the Melbourne international film festival.

Continue reading.
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Locarno Film Festival Signs Pledge for Gender Parity in Programming

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Locarno Film Festival officials signed today a programming pledge for parity and inclusion, following the footsteps of Cannes Film Festival.

The pledge was signed by Locarno fest president Marco Solari and vice president Carla Speziali. The initiative was put together by the Swiss Women’s Audiovisual Network (Swan) with director Ursula Meier, who is the pledge Godmother, and producer Pauline Gygax, the pledge advisor.

“We are thrilled about this first step towards equality and diversity in festivals. Just as with budgets and funding, women are entitled to an equal share of the spotlight and the screens. Visibility of our films is essential,” said Gabriel Baur, Laura Kaehr and Stéphane Mitchell, Swan’s co-presidents, in a statement.

“The financing part is essential to allow women directors to make movies and being selected at a festival plays a key role in the financing because it can raise a profile of a filmmaker and create a demand,
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Locarno Laureled Meg Ryan Prepares ’The Obsolescents’ (Exclusive)

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Locarno Laureled Meg Ryan Prepares ’The Obsolescents’ (Exclusive)
Locarno, Switzerland — Focusing very much on her new career as a director and producer, Meg Ryan is preparing “The Obsolescents,” a half-hour comedy. Developed from an original idea by Ryan, and turning on middle-age, the series is being written by Andrew Gottlieb (“Z Rock”). Ryan, who has sold the idea to NBC, will produce, may contribute to writing.

The scripts are at an initial stage. Ryan took the idea to Broadway Video Ent., headed by Lorne Michaels, the creator and executive producer of “Saturday Night Live,” who introduced her to Gottlieb, Ryan said at Switzerland’s Locarno Festival where on Friday night she was presented on stage the Festival’s 2018 Leopard Club Award, following in the footsteps of Faye Dunaway, Mia Farrow, Andy Garcia, Stefania Sandrelli and Adrien Brody.

Celebrating Ryan’s career, the Locarno Festival will screen “Sleepless in Seattle” (1993) and “In the Cut” (2003).

In further projects, Ryan and
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Tilda Swinton Narrates Epic Venice-Bound Doc About Women Directors

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Tilda Swinton Narrates Epic Venice-Bound Doc About Women Directors
In among Venice’s typically stellar documentary line-up was Northern Irish director Mark Cousins’ next film: Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema.

More details are emerging today about the episodic 16-hour documentary, whose first four hours will debut on the Lido and be narrated by Tilda Swinton. The film will celebrate female directors from around the world.

The project is produced by Hopscotch Films, with Dogwoof handling world sales. Swinton will also serve as an executive producer on the movie, which is debuting in Venice’s Classics strand.

Cousins writes and directs, with John Archer from Hopscotch producing. Four years in the making and still in production, the finished film will be ready in spring 2019.

The epic undertaking is made up of forty chapters to be narrated by Swinton and other leading women in cinema who have yet to be announced. According to the production, “using almost
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Can David Lynch (‘Twin Peaks’) still win Emmys for writing and directing despite the snub for Best Limited Series?

Can David Lynch (‘Twin Peaks’) still win Emmys for writing and directing despite the snub for Best Limited Series?
When the Emmy nominations were announced on Thursday morning, July 12, it looked like it might have been a complete shut out for “Twin Peaks.” The Showtime revival was snubbed for Best Limited Series and Kyle MacLachlan was also missing from Best Movie/Mini Actor. But when the entire list was released it turned out the show had done pretty well for itself in behind-the-scenes categories. It picked up nine total bids including Best Movie/Mini Directing for David Lynch and Best Movie/Mini Writing for Lynch and Mark Frost. Could the show still win those categories despite its snub in top categories? Yes, because “The Hour” is at hand.

SEE2018 Emmy nominations complete list: All the nominees for the 70th Emmy Awards

It’s very rare for a movie or miniseries to win for its writing or directing without a corresponding nomination in the top category, but that’s exactly
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‘State of the Union’: Rosamund Pike and Chris O’Dowd to Lead Nick Hornby Short Form Comedy

SundanceTV and Sundance Now have picked up ten episodes of “State of the Union,” a comedy series starring Rosamund Pike and Chris O’Dowd, from “High Fidelity” team Stephen Frears and Nick Hornby. Pike and O’Dowd play a married couple in therapy; Each ten-minute episode takes place at their local pub during the moments before their next counseling session, filling in the gaps of what drew them together and what is pulling them apart.

“‘State of the Union’ is an unusual project, so it’s al the more gratifying that we have managed to attract talent of this magnitude,” Hornby said in a statement. The trio of heavy hitters have all worked with Hornby in various iterations; Frears directed “High Fidelity,” Pike had a comic turn in “An Education,” and O’Dowd leads the forthcoming “Juliet, Naked.” “I think they will make a tremendous team,” said Hornby.

“State of
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Win The Piano on DVD

To mark the 25th anniversary of its original theatrical release and ground-breaking 1993 Palme D’Or win at Cannes, Studiocanal is delighted to announce that Jane Campion’s multi Oscar® winning classic, The Piano, will be rereleased on 2 disc DVD and Blu-Ray and via digital download on July 16th. Complete with a brand new and exclusive extra, The Piano at 25, which includes interviews with Jane Campion and the film’s producer, Jan Chapman (filmed at Karekare beach in New Zealand: the iconic location made famous by the film). The Blu-Ray release also comes complete with essay booklet, alternative artwork poster as well as a copy of the soundtrack. To celebrate, we’re giving away 3 DVD copies!

Starring Holly Hunter in a majestic silent performance as Ada McGrath, the mute Scotswoman and talented pianist who arrives with her strong-willed young daughter Flora (Paquin) in the New Zealand wilderness. She is to marry
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Win ‘The Piano’ 25th Anniversary Edition On Blu-Ray

To mark the 25th anniversary of its original theatrical release and ground-breaking 1993 Palme D’Or win at Cannes, Studiocanal is delighted to announce that Jane Campion’s multi Oscar® winning classic, The Piano, will be re-released on 2 disc DVD and Blu-Ray and via digital download on July 16th. Complete with a brand new and exclusive extra, The Piano at 25, which includes interviews with Jane Campion and the film’s producer, Jan Chapman (filmed at Karekare beach in New Zealand: the iconic location made famous by the film). The Blu-Ray release also comes complete with essay booklet, alternative artwork poster as well as a copy of the soundtrack. To celebrate, we’re giving away 2xBlu-ray copies!

Starring Holly Hunter in a majestic silent performance as Ada McGrath, the mute Scotswoman and talented pianist who arrives with her strong-willed young daughter Flora (Paquin) in the New Zealand wilderness. She is to marry
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Passion for Acting and Thirst for Challenges Keep Anna Paquin Going

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Passion for Acting and Thirst for Challenges Keep Anna Paquin Going
Anna Paquin, who came to the Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival to present indie film “The Parting Glass,” which she acts in and also produced, dropped by the Variety Critics Corner to discuss her latest project and her career with film critic Peter Debruge.

The actress, who won an Oscar for best supporting actress at age 11 for Jane Campion’s 1993 film “The Piano,” said she has been following her passion for storytelling ever since. Her career arc has embraced such diverse projects as “Almost Famous,” three X-Men movies, and 81 episodes of HBO’s “True Blood.”

It was “The Piano,” which won the Palme d’Or in Cannes, that launched Paquin’s connection to film festivals. She recognizes how critical they are for promoting films such as “Glass,” a dark story about a family coming together in the wake of the suicide of one of the siblings. It was written by Denis O’Hare,
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Woman Walks Ahead Director Susanna White On Her Western “Through A Female Gaze”

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Earlier this year James Kleinmann caught up with filmmaker Susanna White at the Tribeca Film Festival to talk about her stunning new Western which opens in Us cinemas this Friday, 29th June.

Based on real events Woman Walks Ahead stars Jessica Chastain as portrait artist and activist Catherine Weldon who journeys to the Dakotas in the 1880s to paint Lakota leader Sitting Bull’s (Michael Greyeyes) portrait and becomes passionately involved in defending Native American land rights.

Michael Greyeyes and Jessica Chastain. Photo by Richard Foreman. Courtesy of A24.

James Kleinmann: You’ve studied and worked a lot in America, how would you describe your relationship with the Us?

Susanna White: “I find myself coming back a lot. I’ve done so much American television. Obviously I shot this film in New Mexico. My next film is an American film too, it’s just turned out that way. I love the States.
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Hear From a Game of Thrones Star + More London Actor Events June 25–July 1

Even the most dedicated performer needs a time out from the endless round of auditions, castings, and just general striving. Why not take a well-earned break with our top picks for the forthcoming week? Hear about where Gwendoline Christie draws inspiration.Twenty-five years old this year, Jane Campion’s brilliant The Piano continues to inspire a new generation. On July 3, Game of Thrones and Star Wars actor Gwendoline Christie will be at BAFTA to talk about how the film influenced her own creativity. Book ahead to hear how this period masterpiece inspired a very modern actor’s fabulous career. (£7.50) Break a World Record with Mary Berry.You don’t get more British than copious amounts of tea and the fear of a soggy bottom. On July 1 Mary Berry, Queen of The Great British Bake Off, is hoping to break the record for the World’s Largest Cream Tea Party, and she needs you!
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Where Did All the Foreign TV Shows Go?

The French television series Hard.The global proliferation of film festivals has gathered a lot of clamoring over recent years. And despite their preponderance, many of the festivals are barely active, which makes it difficult to pin down their exact number. A rough ballpark figure can be put at slightly under 3,000. Nonetheless, the number keeps rising in both quantity and variety. Various kinds of genres, forms, and niches are also being covered on different levels of international and national gatherings. In the so-called “golden age” of quality or “peak" TV, episodic storytelling has become naturally assimilated into the breeding diversity of film festivals. “I was the very first of the three major film festivals to attempt that,” Marco Müller bragged reminiscing about the stint of screening HBO miniseries, Mildred Pierce, at the Venice Film Festival in 2011. “And I was sanctioned and criticized, and [the] media killed me for that,” he added.
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Epic in scope by Anne-Katrin Titze

David Zellner and Nathan Zellner with Anne-Katrin Titze: "We love Westerns and we always wanted to do one but we didn't want to just copy what's been done before." Photo: Ally Navolio

The Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter creators are back this time with a Western. David Zellner and Nathan Zellner's latest, shot by Adam Stone, stars Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, and a horse named Butterscotch with Robert Forster, Joseph Billingiere, and a Barrel Of Laughs cameo by Nichols' longtime composer David Wingo.

David Zellner (Parson Henry) and Nathan Zellner (Rufus Cornell) sat down with me for a Damsel conversation that took us through Sophie Fiennes' The Pervert's Guide To Ideology (in which Slavoj Žižek says that Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver is a remake of John Ford's The Searchers), Hayao Miyazaki's Totoro, Michael Cimino's Heaven's Gate, a scene from Jane Campion's The Piano, the Zen-like Butterscotch played by Daisy,
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