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Australian Women Launch #MeToo and #TimesUp-Inspired Now Organization

Journalist Tracey Spicer spearheaded Now: Vimeo

Less than two months after Screen Australia revised its code of conduct, Australian women have officially joined the fight against sexual harassment. The Daily Telegraph has announced the launch of Now Australia, an organization designed “to put an end to sexual harassment, assault, and intimidation in the workplace.”

Introduced by journalist Tracey Spicer and inspired by #MeToo and #TimesUp, Now is a non-profit organization for people of all professions. It will fund research and education via partnerships with government, business, legal, and health sectors. Now has also kicked off a crowdfunding campaign to provide victims with counseling and legal aid.

“Now is more than a call for change,” Spicer explained. “It’s the place people can have that crucial first conversation about what they’re going through.”

The organization has tapped actors Abby Earl, Deb Mailman, Helen Dallimore, Danielle Cormack, and Sacha Horler, and musical artists Melinda Schneider,
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Sando review – an outrageously good performance in a hit and miss new ABC comedy

Sacha Horler stars as ‘the package deal queen’ in ABC’s newest show – but the second and third episodes don’t have the punch and pluck of the first

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Melburnians of a certain age will recognise that name, its mention triggering recollections of low-rent, late-night furniture ads starring the boisterous silver-haired local celebrity. Cozzo’s catchphrase is two words repeated again and again, with the subtlety of those frenzied late-night ads that implore viewers to buy doors: “Grand Sale! Grand Sale! Grand Sale!”

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Acorn Svod Service Sets Australian Comedy ‘Sando’ as Next Original (Exclusive)

Best-of-English-language drama streamer Acorn TV will launch Australian comedy “Sando” as its next original show – one of 10 originals the service is planning for this year as it pushes more deeply into having its own content. Season 2 of Acorn’s detective series “Agatha Raisin” was recently announced.

“Sando” recently wrapped in Sydney. It stars Sacha Horler (“The Dressmaker”) as Victoria “Sando” Sandringham, a charismatic loose-cannon CEO running a popular discount furniture store. The six-part comedy follows Sando as she tries to reconnect with her estranged family in order to win back her beloved company, Sando’s Warehouse.

In Australia the series will air on pubcaster ABC. It was produced by ABC, Jungle Entertainment with Screen Australia in association with Create Nsw. Acorn’s UK-based development division Acorn Media Enterprises is the U.S. coproducer. For Acorn TV it is a follow-up to another quirky comedy, BBC series “The Detectorists,” the latest season of which it had exclusively in the
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Production underway on full season of ‘The Letdown’ for ABC and Netflix

'The Letdown'..

The Letdown was one of six pilots aired last year on the ABC via the broadcaster's and Screen Australia.s Comedy Showroom initiative, and the episode went on to pick up an Aacta Award for Best Screenplay in Television.

Now production is underway on a full six-part series for the ABC and Netflix..

Netflix has international distribution rights, but will also make the series available on its Australian platform after it initially airs on Abctv and iview..

A Giant Dwarf production, created and written by Sarah Scheller and Alison Bell, The Letdown follows a mother.s group thrown together through the circumstance of timing..

"We are thrilled to be working with the ABC and Netflix on a full series of The Letdown. We've learned that making a TV show is actually not unlike motherhood... floods of tears, bursts of love and unhinged hormonal meltdowns - all in the name of comedy,
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Matt Day wins Tropfest with black comedy ‘The Mother Situation’

Matt Day took out the winning prize with film 'The Mother Situation'. (Photo: Andy Green/Red Bull Content Pool)

Matt Day's black comedy.The Mother Situation.has taken out this year.s Tropfest.

The film follows three adult siblings as they assist their terminally ill mother to commit suicide.

.I didn.t expect this to happen, I was just really looking forward to getting my film in front of as many people as possible so receiving the win is just a bonus,. said Day, best known for his acting work on the likes of Rake and Tangle..

.Tonight was the first time that I saw the film off of my laptop and I do my own post-production work so I was just pleased that it all came together..

Day took home $10,000 and will also receive a return trip to La for meetings with industry professionals and networking,
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'The Dressmaker' Review: Kate Winslet Returns to Sew Up Loose Ends

'The Dressmaker' Review: Kate Winslet Returns to Sew Up Loose Ends
Kate Winslet can do anything ... except save this movie from quirky overkill. The Dressmaker, based on a 2000 novel by Rosalie Ham, gives the actress a hell of a role. She's Tilly Dunnage, a 1950's fashionista who's decided to return home to dusty Dungatar (an apt name), the small Aussie town that spawned her. Tilly got run out of Dungatar 20 years ago, when she was just a 10 year-old, for allegedly murdering her schoolmate Stewart Pettyman. Everyone believes she bashed the kid's skull in – including her snaggle-toothed old mum, Molly (Judy Davis,
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Amazon Prime Video Takes U.S. Rights to Australian Drama ‘The Kettering Incident’ (Exclusive)

Amazon Prime Video Takes U.S. Rights to Australian Drama ‘The Kettering Incident’ (Exclusive)
Amazon Prime Video has acquired exclusive U.S. rights from BBC Worldwide North America to season one of Australian drama “The Kettering Incident.” The show, which stars Elizabeth Debicki (“The Night Manager”) and Matthew Le Nevez (“Offspring”), will be available to Amazon subscribers from Sept. 30.

The Kettering Incident,” which won the Special Jury Prize at the Series Mania Festival in Paris, was co-created by Tasmanian writer Victoria Madden (Lynda La Plante’s “Trial and Retribution,” “The Bill,” “Halifax Fp”) and producer Vincent Sheehan (“Animal Kingdom,” “The Hunter,” “The Rover”), and shot entirely in Tasmania.

The series tells the story of Anna Macy (Debicki), a doctor who left the town of Kettering when she was 14, shortly after her best friend disappeared while they were playing in the forest. “Anna returns 15 years later to a town struggling to survive — torn apart by clashes between environmentalists and loggers. Anna’s reappearance causes a stir. Theories
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Emma Freeman, Joanna Werner on starry Matchbox miniseries Secret City

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Producer Joanna Werner.

For director Emma Freeman, one of the most exciting things about filming the new political thriller miniseries Secret City was the opportunity to film locations that have never before been seen on-screen.

.We shot some beautiful scenes out in the Pm.s courtyard., she recalls..

.Peta Credlin was there and she came out and took some selfies with Sacha Horler, who was very much inspired by Peta Credlin for her character..

Secret City — which was adapted from former journalists Chris Uhlmann and Steve Lewis. novels The Marmalade Files and The Mandarin Code — premiered on Foxtel on June 5 and will shortly be released on DVD.

Matchbox Pictures produced the six-part miniseries, which underwent an extended period of development..

One of the key changes made to the original text involved swapping the gender of the journalist protagonist, Harry Dunkley.

Played by Anna Torv, Secret City.s Harriet Dunkley is
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Don't miss: If Magazine's first women in film and TV issue

Gillian Armstrong, Tania Chambers, Rosemary Blight and Sacha Horler at the Gender Matters: Brilliant Stories and Brilliant Careers launch.

Last month saw Screen Australia unveil the recipients of its Gender Matters funding, with a who.s who of the local industry gathered at Sa.s Ultimo headquarters. A couple of weeks later, Screen Nsw announced that any TV dramas hoping to secure financial backing would need to have a female writer, director, or producer onboard to qualify. All the talk about correcting the stats is no longer empty politesse: it.s happening.

With that in mind, there.s never been a better time to unveil If.s very first women in film and TV issue. Inside, we check in with Foxtel.s Head of Drama Penny Win and Goalpost Pictures. Kylie du Fresne and Rosemary Blight. There.s a wide-ranging chat with eOne Australia.s acquisitions and development team and
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TV drama backed by Screen Nsw must now include female key creatives

Courtney Gibson.

Screen Nsw has stepped up its push for gender equity, announcing that all TV drama series must now include female key creatives in order to receive development or production finance.

CEO Courtney Gibson said Screen Nsw had worked closely with industry to identify the best ways to achieve systemic change.

"Production companies, broadcasters and other screen organisations have been incredibly supportive and we.re starting to see real impact as a result,. she said.

.But in order to move the needle even further, going forward, it will be a requirement for any television drama series to include female writers and/or directors and/or producers to secure development or production finance from us.

.If we are to achieve gender parity in our industry, we need to ensure there is equity of opportunity for women, and increased opportunities for people from other under-represented groups in the community..

Gibson said
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Director Mark Lamprell talks inheriting a cast in comedy sequel A Few Less Men

(l-r):.Kevin Bishop,.Xavier Samuel and.Kris Marshall.in A Few Less Men.

A Few Less Men, the sequel to Stephan Elliott's 2011 comedy A Few Best Men, was helmed by Mark Lamprell, the screenwriter of Babe: Pig in the City and director of 2000's My Mother Frank and 2013's Goddess.

Lamprell came on board after reading the script by Dean Craig (Death at a Funeral), who wrote the original film.

"It was lovely working on somebody else's screenplay because it was a really solid screenplay structurally," Lamprell said. "I could see that there was a really good movie in there. Dean's a very accomplished writer. The whole guts of it were laid out before me.".

Lamprell, who got his start at Kennedy Miller making Bts documentaries such as The Making of Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985), describes A Few Less Men as "a silly comedy.".

"It's not high-brow wit.
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First look at A Few Less Men as footage to comedy sequel shopped at Cannes

Xavier Samuel, Kris Marshall and Kevin Bishop in A Few Less Men.

Arclight Films have released a first look at A Few Less Men, the sequel to 2011's A Few Best Men..

The new film sees Goddess' Mark Lamprell taking over directing duties from Priscilla's Stephan Elliot, and will be released by StudioCanal in Australia and Nz.

The film was produced by Laurence Malkin, Tania Chambers and Share Stallings and written by Dean Craig (Death at a Funeral), and footage is currently being screened to buyers in Cannes.

.From a talented group of filmmakers with a proven track record of delivering strong, entertaining stories with broad appeal, A Few Less Men is sure to satisfy audiences in Australia and abroad", said StudioCanal Australia and New Zealand Chief Executive Elizabeth Trotman..

"Here at StudioCanal we are so pleased to be on board and are looking forward to developing an exciting campaign.
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The Kettering Incident set for July 4 world premiere

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The Kettering Incident on location. -. Sleeping Beauty, Huon Valley, Tasmania. Photo: Ben King.

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The Kettering Incident, a gripping mystery with otherworldly overtones, will make its world premiere on July 4..

Australian and international expectations for the series continue to build after the show won the Special Jury Prize at the Series Mania Festival in Paris last week..

The eight episode series stars The Night Manager.s Elizabeth Debicki with Matthew Le Nevez.

The series boasts an impressive cast including Henry Nixon, Anthony Phelan, Damon Gameau, Damien Garvey, Sacha Horler, Sianoa Smit-McPhee, Ben Oxenbould, Suzi Dougherty, Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Dylan Young and Neil Pigot. .Many Tasmanian actors feature in the series including Alison Whyte, Kris McQuade, Brad Kannegiesser, Katie Robertson, Marcus Hensley, Nathan Spencer and Matt Burton.

Tasmanian writer Victoria Madden (Lynda La Plante.s Trial and Retribution, The Bill, Halifax Fp) is co-creator of The Kettering Incident with Vincent Sheehan (Animal Kingdom,
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Jacki Weaver returns to Oz TV in Matchbox political drama Secret City

Jacki Weaver returns to Australian television in Secret City.

New Australian political drama Secret City - starring Jacki Weaver, Anna Torv and Dan Wyllie - is set to premiere on June 5.

Filmed in Parliament House and locations across Canberra and Sydney, Secret City is inspired by the best-selling novels The Marmalade Files and The Mandarin Code, written by Canberra political journalists Chris Uhlmann and Steve Lewis.

Amidst rising tension between China and America, Canberra press gallery journalist Harriet Dunkley (played by Anna Torv) forces her way closer to the truth, uncovering a secret city of interlocked conspiracies which will threaten her career, her life and endangers the freedom of every Australian. .

Weaver makes her return to Australian television in the role of Labor powerbroker Senator Catriona Bailey, while Dan Wyllie plays Minister of Defence Mal Paxton.

Weaver said she loved the story and the character.

.It.s very authentic because
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Record applications for Gender Matters programs, assessors announced

Sophie Lowe in Rachel Ward's Beautiful Kate.

Screen Australia has received 452 applications - the most applications ever received for any funding program - for Brilliant Stories and Brilliant Careers, the two programs announced last December under the Gender Matters initiative..

334 female-led creative teams applied for Brilliant Stories, according to a Screen Australia statement..

Successful applicants for Brilliant Stories will receive up to $100,000 for feature films; up to $50,000 for teams to develop an inventive concept into a scripted television series of any genre or budget size; and up to $50,000 for scripted online and interactive projects.

The Brilliant Careers fund is for proposals of up to $250,000 that generate sustainable careers in the screen industry for women; identify gaps in career development pathways for female creatives; and support slates of projects and businesses that connect content to audiences..

118 companies from all around Australia applied for this program, Screen Australia said.

.Screen Australia
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Gibson and Turnbull open new Nida graduate school

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Mel Gibson and prime minister Malcolm Turbull have joined a star-studded guest list for the opening of The National Institute of Dramatic Art's new Graduate School.

Gibson and Turnbull walked the red carpted with arts minister, Mitch Fifield, .Nida director/chief executive, Lynne Williams, Nida chair Jennifer Bott and Nida Foundation Trust chair, Peter Ivany, to officially open the building.

Hacksaw Ridge star Theresa Palmer and husband Mark Webber joined Nida alumni including Kurt Phelan (Dirty Dancing Musical), Harry Greenwood (Hacksaw Ridge), Sacha Horler (The Dressmaker), Greg McLean (Wolf Creek) and Kip Williams (Sydney Theatre Company) were also along to celebrate the opening.

Guests were welcomed into an exhibition of work by current Nida students and entertained by alumni from across the years.

The new school is housed in a two-storey addition to the campus.

It provides a dedicated space for the institute.s growing suite of Master of Fine Arts courses.
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Costuming The Dressmaker

Twenty-five years ago, costume designer Margot Wilson was a student living in Paris when she picked up a roll of red, moire silk fabric during a shopping trip to Milan. She didn’t know why, or what for; she wasn’t even a costume designer then, just a talented young fashion grad from East Sydney Tech on a six-month scholarship to France. When it was time to go home, she took the beautiful roll of fabric back down under with her.

Fast forward three decades and a couple of dozen films later (including Lantana, Bran Nue Dae and Lawless), and Wilson has finally found a screen role for her magnificent weave – on Oscar winner Kate Winslet in the film adaptation of Rosalie Ham’s bestselling novel, The Dressmaker. “I’ve been carrying that roll of fabric around forever,” laughs Wilson, who designed all of Winslet’s costumes in the movie.
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Afm: Australian Comedy ‘Less Men’ Reaches More Buyers

Distributors in more than a dozen international territories have signed up for “A Few Less Men,” the sequel to Australian wedding comedy “A Few Best Men.”

The film, which entered principal photography last week in Perth, Western Australia, has been pre-bought by Lucky Red for Italy; Modus Vivendi for Eastern Europe; Eastwood Holdings for Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Columbia; Italia Films for the Middle East; and by Galaxy for Vietnam. Studio Canal has acquired Australian and New Zealand rights. International sales are handled by the Sydney- and Los Angeles-based Arclight Films.

The picture is directed by Mark Lamprell (“Goddess”) and written by Dean Craig, who previously penned “Best Men.” Xavier Samuel, Kris Marshall and Kevin Bishop all reprise their roles from the 2011 film, which was directed by Stephan Elliott.

Additional cast include Shane Jacobson, Ryan Corr, “The Sapphires” star Deborah Mailman, Jeremy Sims, Darren Gilshenan, Lynette Curran, Pamela Shaw, and Sacha Horler.
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Arclight closes early sales on 'A Few Less Men'

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Arclight Films has announced the start of principal Photography in Perth, Western Australia, on A Few Less Men and a slew of key pre-sales.

Rights to Mark Lamprell’s sequel to A Few Best Men have gone in Australia and New Zealand (StudioCanal), Italy (Lucky Red), Middle East (Italia Films), Eastern Europe (Modus Vivendi), Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Columbia (Eastwood Holdings) and Vietnam (Galaxy).

Xavier Samuel, Kris Marshall and Kevin Bishop reprise their roles in the story of men who must take their friend’s coffin back to London after a crash landing leaves them stranded in the Australian bush. Dean Craig once again is the writer.

Laurence Malkin, Tania Chambers and Share Stallings and Gorean Films Limited are producing and Ingenious, Screen Australia, ScreenWest and Lotterywest, Arclight Films, New Oz and The Post Lounge are co-financiers.

Craig, Arclight chief Gary Hamilton, Mark Lazarus, James Vernon and Josh Kesselman served as executive producers.

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Afm: Arclight closes early sales on 'A Few Less Men'

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Arclight Films has announced the start of principal Photography in Perth, Western Australia, on A Few Less Men and a slew of key pre-sales.

Rights to Mark Lamprell’s sequel to A Few Best Men have gone in Australia and New Zealand (StudioCanal), Italy (Lucky Red), Middle East (Italia Films), Eastern Europe (Modus Vivendi), Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Columbia (Eastwood Holdings) and Vietnam (Galaxy).

Xavier Samuel, Kris Marshall and Kevin Bishop reprise their roles in the story of men who must take their friend’s coffin back to London after a crash landing leaves them stranded in the Australian bush. Dean Craig once again is the writer.

Laurence Malkin, Tania Chambers and Share Stallings and Gorean Films Limited are producing and Ingenious, Screen Australia, ScreenWest and Lotterywest, Arclight Films, New Oz and The Post Lounge are co-financiers.

Craig, Arclight chief Gary Hamilton, Mark Lazarus, James Vernon and Josh Kesselman served as executive producers.

Shane Jacobson, [link
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