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Film Review: ‘The Second’

Film Review: ‘The Second’
“This is what happens when you make up stories,” one character says about three-fourths of the way through the confidently ambitious “The Second,” and the line is a succinct summation of the deceptively deep goings-on beneath the film’s faintly sordid surface. The maiden project developed and produced under the Screen Queensland Originals program in partnership with the streaming service Stan (the film is playing commercially now and will commence it’s Stan stand July 20), “The Second” is a sexy and satisfying thriller that toys with time, memory and the provocative side of storytelling.

In keeping with the mysterious spirit of the proceedings, shhh — no names, please: riding the crest of her well-received and best-selling erotic thriller, the Writer (Rachael Blake) is off to her family’s sprawling and regally laid-out country estate for a sex-fueled working weekend with her boyfriend the Publisher (Vince Colosimo). Soon after they settle in,
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Film Review: ‘The Second’

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Film Review: ‘The Second’
“This is what happens when you make up stories,” one character says about three-fourths of the way through the confidently ambitious “The Second,” and the line is a succinct summation of the deceptively deep goings-on beneath the film’s faintly sordid surface. The maiden project developed and produced under the Screen Queensland Originals program in partnership with the streaming service Stan (the film is playing commercially now and will commence it’s Stan stand July 20), “The Second” is a sexy and satisfying thriller that toys with time, memory and the provocative side of storytelling.

In keeping with the mysterious spirit of the proceedings, shhh — no names, please: riding the crest of her well-received and best-selling erotic thriller, the Writer (Rachael Blake) is off to her family’s sprawling and regally laid-out country estate for a sex-fueled working weekend with her boyfriend the Publisher (Vince Colosimo). Soon after they settle in,
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Bodies in the water by Anne-Katrin Titze

The Mentalist star Simon Baker with Anne-Katrin Titze on the evolution of Tim Winton's Breath, adapted by Baker and Gerard Lee, to become his directorial debut‪: "I was given the novel by my producing parter Mark Johnson, seven or eight years ago now, just to sign on as a producer." Photo: Denise Sinelov

At the Crosby Street Hotel in SoHo before meeting with Simon Baker for a conversation on his film Breath, I was greeted by Pepper, his agent's lovely dog, who is also friendly with Ben Mendelsohn. When Simon joined us I told him that I had just come from an interview with Whit Stillman on the 20th anniversary of The Last Days Of Disco. Simon is also in Fabien Constant's Blue Night, starring Sarah Jessica Parker with Jacqueline Bisset, Renée Zellweger and Gus Birney.

Elizabeth Debicki (who was in Jean Genet's The Maids at
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Exclusive: first look at the trailer for Simon Baker's film adaptation of Tim Winton's Breath

Winton’s award-winning coming of age novel had a ‘profound effect’ on Baker, who translated it for the big screen in his directorial debut

An image of two teenage boys suspended in a murky ocean opens the trailer for Breath, the new film adaptation of Tim Winton’s Miles Franklin award-winning novel, featuring Richard Roxburgh, Elizabeth Debicki and Rachael Blake.

The trailer’s launch on Sunday offered the first glimpse into The Mentalist star Simon Baker’s filmic interpretation of Winton’s 2008 coming-of-age novel, which follows two risk-taking teenage boys, Pikelet and Loonie, inhabitants of a small coastal Western Australian town, whose chance encounter with an older local surfer, Sando, opens them up to new ways of understanding the world.

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Cleverman: Cancelled or Renewed For Season Three on SundanceTV?

Vulture Watch What fate awaits Koen and Waruu? Has the Cleverman TV show been cancelled or renewed for a third season on SundanceTV? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Cleverman season three. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you? What's This TV Show About? Airing on the SundanceTV cable channel, Cleverman stars Hunter Page-Lochard, Rob Collins, Iain Glen, Frances O’Connor, Deborah Mailman, Tasma Walton, Rarriwuy Hick, Jada Alberts, Rachael Blake, Tony Briggs, Clarence Ryan, Taylor Ferguson, Rob Collins, Stef Dawson, Ryan Corr, and Jack Charles. The supernatural drama draws inspiration from Australian Aboriginal mythological traditions. Set in the near future — when beings of Aboriginal legend live among humans — the story
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Cleverman: Season Two Ratings

Although it was originally billed as an actual mini-series, rather than the nebulous "limited event series," which is common these days, SundanceTV and Australia's ABC TV renewed the Cleverman TV show for a second season, back in June of 2016. Now it remains to be seen if it can build up its audience, particularly in the Us. Will Cleverman be cancelled or renewed for season three? Stay tuned. A supernatural drama, Cleverman stars Hunter Page-Lochard, Rob Collins, Iain Glen, Frances O’Connor, Deborah Mailman, Tasma Walton, Rarriwuy Hick, Jada Alberts, Rachael Blake, Tony Briggs, Clarence Ryan, Taylor Ferguson, Rob Collins, Stef Dawson, Ryan Corr, and Jack Charles. The SundanceTV series draws inspiration from Australian Aboriginal mythological traditions. Set in the near future — when beings of Aboriginal legend live among humans — the story moves between two worlds: The City and The Zone. In the
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Cleverman: Cancelled or Renewed For Season Three on SundanceTV?

Vulture Watch What fate awaits Koen and Waruu? Has the Cleverman TV show been cancelled or renewed for a third season on SundanceTV? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Cleverman season three. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you? What's This TV Show About? Airing on the SundanceTV cable channel, Cleverman stars Hunter Page-Lochard, Rob Collins, Iain Glen, Frances O’Connor, Deborah Mailman, Tasma Walton, Rarriwuy Hick, Jada Alberts, Rachael Blake, Tony Briggs, Clarence Ryan, Taylor Ferguson, Rob Collins, Stef Dawson, Ryan Corr, and Jack Charles. The supernatural drama draws inspiration from Australian Aboriginal mythological traditions. Set in the near future — when beings of Aboriginal legend live among humans — the story
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Cleverman

Network: SundanceTV. Episodes: Ongoing (hour). Seasons: Ongoing. TV show dates (Us): June 1, 2016 — present. Series status: Has not been cancelled. Performers include: Hunter Page-Lochard, Rob Collins, Iain Glen, Frances O'Connor, Deborah Mailman, Tasma Walton, Rarriwuy Hick, Jada Alberts, Rachael Blake, Tony Briggs, Clarence Ryan, Taylor Ferguson, Rob Collins, Stef Dawson, Ryan Corr, Robyn Nevin, Lynette Curran, Tysan Towney, Andrew McFarlane, Marcus Graham, Leeanna Walsman, Jada Alberts, Tamala Shelton, Luke Ford, Alec Doomadgee, Lasarus Ratuere, Lisa Flanagan, and Jack Charles. TV show description: A supernatural drama the Cleverman TV show draws inspiration from Australian Aboriginal mythological traditions. Set in the near future -- when beings of Aboriginal legend live among humans -- the story moves between two worlds: The City and The Zone.
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Cleverman exclusive sees chilling Frith speech and Slade doping as series returns to SundanceTV

Tonight the Cleverman world is back on SundanceTV for a thrilling Season 2 with new characters and an even more nightmarish setting for those living in a world that sees them as not human. Our exclusive clip below shows a chilling mass-televised state mandate speech given by The Minister for Human Safety, Marion Frith (Rachel Blake), imposing a curfew and crackdown to kill the “sub-humans”. Billionaire Slade (Iain Glen) is also shown shooting up with a mysterious green performance drug to bolster his strength. Declaring a state of emergency, Firth says: “This government will spare no effort to protect you...read more
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'Cleverman' season 2 ‘bolder, bigger', says Blight

Hunter Page Lochard in 'Cleverman' season two..

When Goalpost Pictures. Rosemary Blight visited Weta Worksop in Wellington to discuss ideas for the new world in Cleverman season 2, the firm.s founder Sir Richard Taylor had an inspired suggestion.

.Let.s create an iconic Hairy that no one will ever forget,. Taylor said. To play the character named Jarli the Bindawu warrior, the producers cast Clarence Ryan, who first worked for Goalpost as a teenager in the children.s series Lockie Leonard 10 years ago. He played Egg, Lockie.s best friend.

Jarli is one of several new characters which make the sequel .bolder, even bigger and better and more compelling as we put the characters under even more pressure,. Blight told If.

Directed by Wayne Blair and Leah Purcell, the six-part futuristic sci-fi drama co-produced by Goalpost and New Zealand.s Pukeko Pictures premieres at 9.30 pm on June 29 on the ABC and at 10 pm on June 28 on Sundance TV in the Us..

The story picks up with the destruction of the Zone and the Hairy people splitting up as they hide around the city in fear for their lives. Koen (Hunter Page-Lochard), the chosen Cleverman, sets out to harness his powers in hopes of bringing all the cultures together..

His half-brother Waruu (Rob Collins) shares the same vision but his methods are dubious. For Koen to realize his mission, he must defeat Waruu and the full force of the government..

The writers are Jane Allen, Stuart Page, Justine Juel Gillmer, the series creator Ryan Griffen and Jada Alberts.

Among the new characters, Luke Ford plays Dolan, who forms a relationship with Nerida (Alberts), while Taylor Ferguson (Strangerland) is Audie. Blight predicts Ferguson is destined to become a star in the Us.

The ensemble cast includes Iain Glen (Game of Thrones), Frances O.Connor (The Missing), Deborah Mailman (Offspring) and Rachael Blake (Rake). Weta created all the Hairies in the new world and the props they use.

For viewers who missed the first series, it is now screening on ABC iview and the sequel will include a recap..

ABC head of scripted production Sally Riley said, .The Cleverman world expands in this thrilling second season introducing new characters and deepening relationships with our established characters. It.s an exciting ride for new and returning audiences..

Blight is happy with the 9.30 timeslot, noting that the target audience is rather younger than traditional ABC viewers, who often watch shows on their mobile phones, tablets and on catch-up.

BBC3 and Tvnz are on board again and the international distributor Red Arrow International has sold the series to a raft of other territories including Germany, Canada and South Africa. Now there are 12 episodes it will be easier to sell to the remaining markets.

The producers screened the first two episodes at the Sydney Film Festival and were gratified when audience members said they wanted to see more.

Will there be a Cleverman 3? Blight said: .We are heading into the writers. room for early development of season 3 in the next couple of weeks. We are going into the room to discover what the underlying theme would be..
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Cameras roll on Sq and Stan's first feature 'The Second'

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Rachael Blake and Mairi Cameron on the set of 'The Second'. (Photo: Stephen Lance.)

Production kicked off last week in south east Queensland on Stan.s first feature, The Second..

The psychological thriller, first announced early last year, is being directed by Mairi Cameron and produced by Leanne Tonkes and writer Stephen Lance. Tonkes and Lance have previously worked together on the 2014 feature My Mistress.

Shooting will take place in Brisbane and through the Western Downs region including Dalby.s Jimbour House, Jandowae and Lake Broadwater..

.Stephen Lance and I are delighted to be launching Mairi.s feature career and to be working with Amy Hobby and Anne Hubbell of Tangerine Entertainment — two wonderful advocates of female filmmakers," said Tonkes..

The Second.follows two female friends whose lives entwine in the pages of an elusive second novel. Cast includes Rachael Blake, Susie Porter, Vince Colosimo, Martin Sacks and Susan Prior.
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Cameras roll on Stan's first feature 'The Second'

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Rachael Blake and Mairi Cameron on the set of "The Second. (Photo: Stephen Lance.)

Production kicked off last week in south east Queensland on Stan.s first feature, The Second..

The psychological thriller, first announced early last year, is being directed by Mairi Cameron and produced by Leanne Tonkes and writer Stephen Lance. Tonkes and Lance have previously worked together on the 2014 feature My Mistress.

Shooting will take place in Brisbane and through the Western Downs region including Dalby.s Jimbour House, Jandowae and Lake Broadwater..

.Stephen Lance and I are delighted to be launching Mairi.s feature career and to be working with Amy Hobby and Anne Hubbell of Tangerine Entertainment — two wonderful advocates of female filmmakers," said Tonkes..

The Second.follows two female friends whose lives entwine in the pages of an elusive second novel. Cast includes Rachael Blake, Susie Porter, Vince Colosimo, Martin Sacks and Susan Prior.
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Partho Sen-Gupta's 'Slam' to be French-Australian co-pro

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Partho Sen-Gupta..

Screen Australia, Screenwest and France.s Cnc Cinémas du Monde have all backed Slam, the latest film from writer-director Partho Sen-Gupta (Sunrise, Let The Wind Blow)..

To be shot in Western Sydney later this year, Slam follows the disappearance of a young Muslim woman in a climate of mistrust and xenophobia.

Cast will include Adam Bakri (Omar), Rachael Blake (Sleeping Beauty, Lantana) and Abbey Aziz (Let it Be Love). Post-production will be completed in Western Australia and France.

"I wrote Slam with urgency and anger in reaction to the world around me nose-diving into hatred and fratricide,. said Sen-Gupta..

.But I am very pleased that what has resulted is a poetic appeal to reason, a socially motivated thriller that transcends language and nationality. I am very excited to work with such a talented international cast and crew who were touched by the human story and will collaborate with
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Partho Sen-Gupta's thriller 'Slam' nabs co-pro funding

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Partho Sen-Gupta's thriller 'Slam' nabs co-pro funding
Exclusive: Adam Bakri to lead Australian-French co-pro.

Partho Sen-Gupta’s Australian-French co-production Slam has completed financing after securing support from Screen Australia, Screenwest and France’s Cnc Cinémas du Monde.

The Sydney-set thriller is scheduled to start shooting in late 2017 with post-production in Western Australia and France. It marks the first Australian production to receive funding from Cnc. Bonsai Films will distribute in Australia with Doc & Film International handling international sales.

Starring Adam Bakri (Omar), Rachael Blake (Sleeping Beauty) and Abbey Aziz (Let It Be Love), the film follows the disappearance of a young Muslim woman in Sydney in a climate of mistrust and xenophobia.

Australian production houses Invisible Republic, headed by Michael Wrenn, and George and Nille & Co, headed by Tenille Kennedy, are co-producing the film with Marc Irmer’s Paris-based Dolce Vita Films.

Partho Sen-Gupta has the ability to take a dark subject matter and make an incredibly beautiful film as we saw with his
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Horror Highlights: Stranger With My Face International Film Festival, Phoenix Forgotten, Inner Demon

In today's Horror Highlights, we have details on the fifth Stranger With My Face International Film Festival, a new clip and link to a featurette for Phoenix Forgotten, and two clips from Inner Demon.

Stranger With My Face International Film Festival: Press Release: "The 5th edition of Stranger With My Face International Film Festival will take place in Hobart from 4-7 May, with a line-up of feature films, a shorts program, a symposium, industry events and an art exhibition. Stranger With My Face focuses on women's perspectives in genre filmmaking with an emphasis on horror and related genres.

The 2017 program includes a retrospective of the celebrated New Zealand filmmaker Gaylene Preston; the Tasmanian premiere of the all-female horror anthology Xx with one of the filmmakers, Roxanne Benjamin, in person; and a screening of Wes Craven’s The People Under the Stairs with its cinematographer, Sandi Sissel Asc.

Stranger With My Face
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Adam Bakri to star in Sen-Gupta’s Slam

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Adam Bakri to star in Sen-Gupta’s Slam
Dubai/Exclusive: Palestinian actor Adam Bakri (Omar) has been cast in Sydney-based director Partho Sen-Gupta’s upcoming drama Slam, alongside Australian actress Rachael Blake.

The story follows a young Australian of Palestinian origin whose peaceful life is shattered when his sister disappears and local media claim she has run away to join Isis.

Michael Wrenn’s Australian production outfit Invisible Republic is producing the film with Australia’s Charles Billeh and Marc Irmer of Paris-based Dolce Vita Films on board as co-producers. Screen Australia supported development of the English-language project.

Billeh is attending Dubai Film Market to find a minority co-producer from the region for the film, which is scheduled to shoot in Sydney next year.

Born in India and now based in Sydney, Sen-Gupta previously directed award-winning Hindi-language dramas Let The Wind Blow (2004) and Sunrise (2014).
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In praise of in-universe books

James Hunt Jan 24, 2017

Harry Potter, Twin Peaks, Alan Partridge, Lost and even Mr Bean: we salute 'in-universe' books...

On November 17th, the new Harry Potter-verse movie Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them hit cinemas as start of what Warner Bros hopes will be a new and long-lived chapter for the franchise. Considering Harry Potter was considered "over" by its chief writer (except for the website, and the play… and now this…) it’s quite the achievement for Warner to have found a way to continue it in a way that does, at least, feel creatively valid.

Of course, Fantastic Beasts was a book originally released as a Comic Relief special in 2001 alongside Quidditch Through The Ages. Purporting to be written by Newt Scamander (the eventual protagonist of the movie), the edition as published claimed to be Harry Potter’s own copy, as annotated by Ron Weasley. Rowling clearly liked the idea,
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Rake series four to premiere on May 19

Richard Roxburgh in Rake.

Rake Season 4 will hit Australian screens on May 19 with guest appearances from Miriam Margolyes, John Waters, Rhys Muldoon and Rachel Blake.

Co-creator and producer Richard Roxburgh is back as Cleaver Greene, last seen dangling from a balloon drifting across the Sydney skyline..

This time, Cleaver crashes into the world of a one-time mentor and now powerful criminal on the run, Edgar Thompson (Waters)..

Against the backdrop of a city that.s taken a turn to the dystopian, Cleaver frantically tries to stay alive — from seeking refuge in a country town congregation, to representing the very man who.s trying to have him killed.

Season 4 of Rake continues to cast Cleaver.s wit on politics, the legal system, and our wider fears and obsessions..

His long-suffering friends, relatives, and pugnacious foes also return in the form of Matt Day, Danielle Cormack, Russell Dykstra, Caroline Brazier, Adrienne Pickering,
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Simon Baker's directorial debut 'Breath' reveals cast

Simon Baker's directorial debut 'Breath' reveals cast
Australian coming-of-age drama has begun filming; Elizabeth Debicki, Richard Roxburgh among those to join cast.

Filming has begun this week in Australia on Simon Baker’s feature film directorial debut, Breath, based on Tim Winton’s coming-of-age novel.

Baker, star of TV drama The Mentalist and features including The Devil Wears Prada, will be joined in the cast by Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby, The Night Manager), Richard Roxburgh (Moulin Rouge!) and Rachael Blake (Sleeping Beauty).

Set in mid-70s coastal Australia, Breath follows two teenage boys that form an unlikely friendship with a mysterious older adventurer, who pushes them to take risks that will have a lasting and profound impact on their lives.

Newcomers Samson Coulter and Ben Spence will play teenagers Pikelet and Loonie respectively, while Roxburgh and Blake are Mr and Mrs Pike. Debicki is Eva and as previously announced, Baker will play Sando.

“Tim’s book viscerally captures the restless curiosity and yearning
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Filming starts on Simon Baker's Breath, cast announced

Simon Baker as Sando with Samsom Coulter (Pikelet) and Ben Spence (Loonie) in Breath.

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Filming has started in Denmark, Western Australia, on Simon Baker.s feature film directorial debut, Breath..

The film is based on Tim Winton.s award winning and international best-selling novel and stars Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby, The Night Manager, upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2), Richard Roxburgh (Moulin Rouge, The Turning, Mission: Impossible II) and Rachael Blake (Sleeping Beauty, Rake, Truth) and Baker (The Mentalist, Devil Wears Prada, Margin Call) as cast.

Newcomers Samson Coulter and Ben Spence will play Pikelet and Loonie respectively, while Roxburgh and Blake are Mr and Mrs Pike..

Debicki is Eva and as previously announced, Baker will play Sando.

Set in mid-70s coastal Australia, Breath follows two teenage boys, hungry for discovery, that form an unlikely friendship with a mysterious older adventurer.

Sando, a a former professional surfer
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