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Kodie Bedford takes the ‘Mystery Road’ to success

Kodie Bedford.

When Kodie Bedford sets out to create a project or is offered a writing gig, she looks for three elements: Strong female characters, a regional setting which harks back to her childhood in country Wa, and a genre piece.

So far everything the Indigenous writer has accomplished in her burgeoning career has ticked all three boxes, with credits on Grace Beside Me, Robbie Hood and Mystery Road as well as the horror short Scout, which marks her directing debut.

“I pinch myself every day as I get to tell stories; I am living the dream,” she tells If. She turned to screenwriting after working as a cadet journalist for Sbs before moving to the ABC as a researcher on documentary series Message Sticks.

A graduate of the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Communications and a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Technology, Sydney,
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Sydney Film Festival premiere for horror shorts from Indigenous filmmakers

‘Dark Place.’

Five horror shorts by emerging Indigenous filmmakers commissioned by the ABC and Screen Australia will premiere as a 75-minute anthology at the Sydney Film Festival.

Under the banner Dark Place, the 15-minute films address post-colonial Indigenous history through the lenses of horror and fantasy.

Female oppression and revenge take centre stage in Kodie Bedford’s Scout while Bjorn Stewart unleashes small pox-infected zombies in the splatter comedy Killer Native.

An insomniac questions her sanity in Liam Phillips’ Foe, supernatural forces infiltrate a housing commission estate in Rob Braslin’s gritty Vale Light and Gothic horror shrouds the woods in Perun Bonser’s The Shore.

The casts include Leonie Whyman, Tasia Zalar, Jolie Everett, Clarence Ryan, Charlie Garber, Lily Sullivan, Natasha Waganeen, Katie Beckett, Shakira Clanton, Tamala Shelton, Nelson Baker, Nicholas Hope, Hugh Sheridan, Luka May Glynn-Cole and Bernard Curry.

ABC head of Indigenous Kelrick Martin commissioned the anthology
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‘The Coming Back Out Ball Movie’, ‘The School’ resonate beyond Oz cinemas

The Coming Back Out Ball Movie.’

The final two Australian films released theatrically this year, Storm Ashwood’s The School and Sue Thomson’s The Coming Back Out Ball Movie have two things in common with numerous other Oz titles.

The Backlot Films launched both films on a handful of screens with minimal marketing – but the producers see the modest grosses as only a small part of the overall picture, alongside qualifying for the Producer Offset, overseas sales and festival exposure. Moreover, The Coming Back Out Ball Movie is expected to have a reasonably long life outside commercial cinemas.

Ashwood’s debut feature, a supernatural thriller which stars Megan Drury, Nicholas Hope, Will MacDonald, Texas Watterston and Milly Alcock, had a multi-platform release in the Us in October via Vertical Entertainment. Cinema Management Group has sold the title to more than 20 markets including Germany, Korea and Japan.

“Internationally we’ve
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‘Backtrack Boys’ and ‘Book Week’ launch in cinemas

Backtrack Boys.’

Russell Crowe last week urged his 2.73 million Twitter followers to see Backtrack Boys in cinemas, lauding Catherine Scott’s feature documentary as really special and a great story.

A reasonable number of Crowe’s followers did so as Umbrella Entertainment launched the film as an alternate content release, which means exhibitors have the flexibility to run limited sessions.

Meanwhile writer-director Heath Davis’ drama Book Week began its staggered roll-out on eight screens via Bonsai Films.

Backtrack Boys examines a youth program run by rule-breaking jackaroo Bernie Shakeshaft (hailed by Crowe as a “good fella and a bit of a genius”) on the outskirts of Armidale Nsw. Voted as the top feature documentary at the Melbourne International Film Festival, the film collected $24,000 from one session on Saturday and Sunday on 44 screens, and $56,000 including festival screenings.

This opens theatrically in Australia on Thursday.

It’s really special.

Go and see it.
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The School Teaches Amy a Lesson in This Latest Visually Stunning Trailer

The School is an upcoming horror film, from Australia. Developed by director Storm Ashwood, this title is getting set to have its World Premiere, in late July. Also written by Tessa Alana, this award winning feature involves a young son, a coma and one mother's desire to rescue him. Her journey leads her into a purgatory, where children rule her son's imagination. The School stars Megan Drury, Nicholas Hope ("Jade of Death"), Will McDonald and Jack Ruwald. A new trailer has been released, for The School, and this longer clip can be found below. The trailer shows some of the film's settings and characters. Reminiscent of Tarsem Singh's visual and colourful work, the clip shows all sorts of strange images and situations. Will Amy (Drury) ever be able to find her son? She will have to journey through hell and back, just to find him. Of interest, The School
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Matthew Lillard and Blythe Danner Addiction Drama Wins 4th Annual SeriesFest Pilot Competition — Exclusive

Matthew Lillard and Blythe Danner Addiction Drama Wins 4th Annual SeriesFest Pilot Competition — Exclusive
SeriesFest, the international television festival dedicated to showcasing the best and boldest emerging voices in television, revealed the winners of this year’s international pilot competition at a closing reception today in Denver. Chief among the winners was “Halfway There,” which took home the prize for best independent dramatic pilot a well as the audience award. Created by Nick Morton and Rick Roesnthal, “Halfway There” stars Matthew Lillard as a sober addict running a rehabilitation facility, and Blythe Danner as his alcoholic mother whom he is forced to treat.

“The quality of content selected for this year’s International Pilot Competition was simply unmatched. We are encouraged by the diverse perspectives represented, and in awe of each and every creator who took part in our festival,” said SeriesFest co-founders Randi Kleiner and Kaily Smith-Westbrook in a statement.

Many independent projects that debuted at SeriesFest have gone on to score production deals,
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First Trailer for Australian Horror The School

Australia is about to turn creepy again with director Storm Ashwood’s new horror flick The School, and we have a teaser trailer for the film to share. Written and directed by Storm Ashwood, The School stars Megan Drury, Nicholas Hope,… Continue Reading →

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Teaser trailer for dark fantasy horror The School

Bronte Pictures along with Lunar Pictures have released the first teaser for their upcoming dark fantasy, The School. Starring Nicholas Hope and Megan Drury and written and directed by Storm Ashwood, the film will be edited by Marcus D’arcy (I Frankenstein, Babe) and features sound design by David White (Mad Max: Fury Road). Check out the trailer here…

“When a doctor looking for her missing child awakens to find herself in an abandoned school, she must survive the supernatural terror and face her own demons if she is to find the truth about where her son is.”

Currently in post, The School will be going to Afm for a release next year.
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Supernatural Thriller The School Is Shooting in a Mental Asylum

Production has kicked off on the supernatural horror/thriller The School, which is being shot in Australia’s Gladesville Mental Asylum, according to ScreenDaily. The film is being directed by Storm Ashwood and stars Megan Drury, Will McDonald, Nicholas Hope, and Jack… Continue Reading →

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Production underway on supernatural thriller 'The School'

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Production underway on supernatural thriller 'The School'
Exclusive: Cinema Management Group (Cmg) handles sales for Australia’s Bronte Pictures.

Shooting has begun at Gladsville Mental Asylum, the notorious institution and oldest of its kind in Australia.

Storm Ashwood directs The School starring Megan Drury as a surgeon and mother of a comatose son who becomes trapped in a building haunted by children from her past. The film is scheduled for delivery in October.

The Gladesville Mental Asylum was founded in the late 1830s and was infamous for harsh treatment including the use of electric shock therapy. The site houses more than 1,200 unmarked graves.

The cast includes Will McDonald and theatre director Nicholas Hope, as well as youngster Jack Ruwald.

Blake Northfield and Jim Robison are producing for Bronte Pictures, while Phil Hunt and Compton Ross of Headgear Films are executive producers.

Edward Noeltner’s (pictured) Cmg acquired worldwide sales rights excluding Australia and New Zealand and launched pre-sales in Berlin.

Rights have gone
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Rockzeline signs multiplatform sci-fi 'Restoration', web series 'Jade of Death'

'Restoration' (Photo credit: Jeff Paine)..

Rockzeline, the Paris-based sales agent which reps the likes of The Wizards of Aus, Airlock and Wastelander Panda, has picked up two Aussie titles: multiplatform sci-fi thriller Restoration and web series Jade of Death.

Rockzeline has offices in Paris, Los Angeles, Montreal and Sydney, and specialises in digital short-form projects..

They also produce original content in Australia through their production subsidiary Deadrock, a partnership between Enzo Tedeschi.s Deadhouse Films and Rockzeline.

Directed by Stuart Willis and produced by Midnight Snack Productions, Restoration is set in a near-future world where humans have their memories downloaded for backup via a new and dangerous technology.

The one-hour film, which stars Craig McLachlan, premiered on Nine in August last year, and in New Zealand on Sky TV.s sci-fi channel The Zone in December. It also secured a berth on Stan, where it.s currently available to stream.
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Janet King starts production

Janet King season 2 begins production this week with Marta Dusseldorp reprising her lead role.

In the second series, King is seconded from the Dpp to lead a Royal Commission into a deadly upsurge in gun crime..

King is joined by conscripting solicitors Richard Stirling (Hamish Michael) and Lina Badir (Andrea Demetriades), and the ambitious Owen Mitchell (Damian Walshe-Howling) as Counsel Assisting.

With coercive powers Detective Andy Campbell (Christopher Morris) can only dream of, King and her team peel back the complex layers of intrigue underpinning the illicit trade in weapons..

Completing the cast are Peter Kowitz, Leah Purcell, Terry Serio, Philip Quast, Anita Hegh, Aaron Jeffrey, Genevieve Hegney, Nicholas Hope and Ewen Leslie.

The series is produced by Screentime, a Banijay Group company, and series produced by Karl Zwicky, produced by Lisa Scott, with Hilary Bonney and Marta Dusseldorp as associate producers, and Greg Haddrick as executive producer..

It is written by Haddrick,
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First Look: Sony Classics Dates 'Truth' in Oscary October Slot

Just the other day a reader alerted me to a report at that Sony Classics had dated James Vanderbilt's Truth for an Oct. 16 release. It seemed odd in that a) the film hadn't been announced for either Venice or Toronto; b) we hadn't seen a trailer or promotional still; c) Sony Classics didn't have the film even listed on their press site; and d) one would expect all these things given the awards buzz surrounding star Cate Blanchett in the role of Mary Mapes. As it turns out, the report was accurate, the film will arrive in October and we also have the first look at Blanchett and Robert Redford in the upcoming film. Of course, there's a bit of decision-making to be had when it comes to Blanchett as she is also looked at as a top contender for Best Actress for her role in Carol.
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Stan streams entire Gallipoli series

In a bold move, the Nine Network released all seven episodes of Gallipoli on its half-owned streaming service Stan following the drama.s Monday night premiere on Nine.

And in another twist in the on-demand turf battle, has started selling a season pass to Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul, which launched on Stan on Monday night.

Produced by Endemol Australia.s John Edwards, Imogen Banks and Rob Connolly and directed by Glendyn Ivin, Gallipoli follows 17-year-old Thomas .Tolly. Johnson ( Kodi Smit-McPhee) who lies about his age to join his brother Bevan in the Great War.

The cast includes Harry Greenwood, Lachy Hulme, Matt Nable, Jeremy Lindsay Taylor, Lincoln Lewis, James Callis, Grant Bowler, Anthony Hayes, Justine Clarke, Damon Gameau, Ashleigh Cummings, Gracie Gilbert, Dan Wyllie, Sam Parsonson, Tom Budge, John Bach, Nicholas Hope and James Stewart.

The premiere of Gallipoli drew 1.1 million viewers in the five capital cities and 1.51 million nationally,
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Indie Spotlight

We return with the latest edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes Cowboys Vs Vampires release information, Compound Fracture screening dates, and an interview with Inhuman Resources co-writer Anthony O’Connor:

Cowboys Vs Vampires DVD Release Details: “The story of a western movie actor (Johnny Dust) still trying to make it big in a western film studio and theme park, when a ‘new management team’ takes over the park and turns the film studio into a fright-fest for the month of Halloween. Haunted by the image of his dead western movie hero, who appears to him on the little screen, Johnny unravels the real intent of management and its opening night ‘spectacular’, which takes place in the depths of the park’s cave.

Origin Releasing LLC is proud to announce the United States street date for Cowboys Vs Vampires,
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Fangoria Presents a Wealth of Horror on VOD and DVD

Fangoria has long been a trusted name within the genre that's always poised to let you know what kind of terrors there are to come. Now Fango is branching out from the pages and the web to deliver you quality horror on VOD and DVD with Fangoria Presents. Read on for details.

From the Press Release

Fangoria Presents Volume One includes five new movies selected in association with Fangoria Magazine: Inhuman Resources, Axed, Sin Reaper, Entity, and Germ Z. Veteran comic book artist Mike Miller designed and illustrated the artwork for all five movies (details and artwork below).

Retail versions of the films on DVD include a first-of-its-kind, free collectable mini-Fangoria magazine.

The Fangoria VOD folder, distributed by iN Demand, will feature a new theme each month and will include one new Fangoria Presents title as well as a unique collection of classic horror titles. The first month’s folder,
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Redd Inc. Signs Termination Papers for the Overworked: A Movie Review

*there are spoilers here. Director: Daniel Krige. Writers: Jonathon Green and Anthony O'Connor. Cast: Nicholas Hope, Kelly Paterniti, Sam Reid, Alan Dukes, James Mackay, and Hayley McElhinney. Redd Inc. is an Australian shot horror film, which was originally titled Inhuman Resources. This is truly an independent film, that was partially financed through crowd funding. Redd Inc. is also a tale of an office worker's worst nightmare. Thomas Reddmann keeps his five workers literally chained to their desks, while needling them to work harder. Shot primarily on one location, Redd Inc. can sometimes look drab, but the film's characterizations and especially the lead villain create for an exceptionally good time. Thomas Reddmann is accused of several axe-murders. Reddmann was able to escape the local mental rehabilitation unit, after he is found guilty. He puts his time to good use. Soon, Reddmann has abducted five characters, each of whom are involved in his case.
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Nicholas Hope on fame

Eighteen years after the release of Rolf de Heer.s cult classic Bad Boy Bubby, the name Nicholas Hope is still associated with the image of the agoraphobic 35-year-old with bush-like hair, walking tentatively at midnight in Adelaide with his large suitcase. His performance won Hope the AFI Best Actor award in 1994. It also introduced him into a world of celebrity, where fame is not always as intoxicating as it seems.

Constantly being recognized as Bubby used to bother Hope. But now it seems to have become something positive.

.It is a performance and film I.m very proud of. I think for a period of time it held me back so no people could see me outside of that role, but now people can. So now this role just complements anything else..

Hope recalls the day when he was watching Argo, which stars Bryan Cranston. He thought to himself,
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Afm '12: Redd Inc. Brings A Boss From Hell to the Afm: A Preview

Tagline: "Heads will roll." There is another horror movie coming out of the American Film Market that fans should be aware of. Redd Inc. aka Inhuman Resources brings plenty of bloodstains and mutilated bodies. A serial killer has set up shop in a local corporation and he has hired six new recruits. Except, these staff members were hired against their will. Now, they must prove their boss is innocent of murder. This seems an impossible task as each staff member is tortured and some are even "terminated." Redd Inc. will show at the Afm November 5th and a trailer is available here before the show. In the clip, the six employees have their mistakes scrawled across their face, while Thomas Redmann (Nicholas Hope), the boss, chooses who advances and who falls to the wayside. Have a look at the brutal clip below. Showing Date: November 5th (Afm). Director: Daniel Krige.
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Bad Boy Bubby actor Nicholas Hope: distributors are scared to back brave Australian films

Nicholas Hope in Bad Boy Bubby

Nicholas Hope, who played the lead role in Australian cult classic Bad Boy Bubby, has said that film distributors are “frightened” to back “brave” Australian films.

Hope told Encore: “There are Australian film-makers out there who are doing daring things. It’s difficult to say if they are being brave enough. The one thing holding them back is distribution.”

“There are brave films out there that just can’t get cinema release,” he said.

Hope named Bad Boy Bubby in his list of the three bravest Australian films ever made, along with Chopper and Wake in Fright.

“Distributors are frightened of taking on another local film. So it’s very difficult for indie films, which don’t have large budgets and aren’t presented in a certain way, to find an audience.”

In the year Bad Boy Bubby was released, in 1993, the Rolf de Heer
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