Production kicks off on Goalpost’s ‘Fighting Season’

(l-r): Jay Ryan, Ewen Leslie (seated), George Pullar, Paul De Gelder, Marco Alosio and Julian Maroun (seated). (Photo: Mark Rogers).

Shooting begins this week in Sydney on Fighting Season, a new Foxtel drama that follows Australian soldiers returning from Afghanistan..

The six-part series looks at a possible cover-up where the "lines between killer and family man, between hero and victim, between truth and imagination, are constantly shifting."

Producer Kylie du Fresne said the series is based on extensive research and interviews with former soldiers about their time in Afghanistan and the realities of coming home and reintegrating into society..

A Goalpost Pictures production, the show will be helmed by director Kate Woods (Looking for Alibrandi), who returns to Australia after a decade working in the Us on programs like Law and Order Svu and Suits. Wasted on the Young.s Ben Lucas will also direct..

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Cinema-on-demand release for All About E

The producers of All About E intend to open the lesbian love story/ road trip/ thriller on about 40 screens next year, all via cinema-on-demand platform Tugg.

Formerly known as The Trouble With E, writer-director Louise Wadley.s film follows a beautiful, sexy DJ named E, who goes on the run after she stumbles on a stash of cash.

Adelaide actress Mandahla Rose plays the title role with Nida graduate Julia Billington as Trish, E.s lover, with whom she has a messy break-up.

The cast includes fellow Nida grad Brett Rogers as Matt, E.s gay best friend who marries her to get a visa, Kim Antonios-Hayes as her mother Nadine, Lex Marinos as her father and Simon Bolton as Johnny Rock, a villain who runs a nightclub as a front for peddling drugs.

The first feature from Wadley and her producing partner Jay Rutovitz.s Girls. Own Pictures,
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The Trouble with E rolls

Lex Marinos has joined the cast of The Trouble with E, a female-driven road movie/romance that started shooting in Sydney today.

It.s the first feature from Girls. Own Pictures, a company formed by writer-director Louise Wadley and her producing partner Jay Rutovitz.

Adelaide actress Mandahla Rose plays E, a sexy DJ who stumbles on a stash of cash and is forced on the run into the Outback.

In her film debut, Nida graduate and stage actress Julia Billington plays Trish, E.s lover, with whom she has a messy break-up.

Marinos and Kim Antonia-Hayes play E.s parents. .I'm delighted to have an actor of Lex's calibre. He brings a depth and gravitas to all his performances,. Wadley tells If.

Wadley says Brett Rodgers has gained 12 kgs to play Matt, a flame-haired, tubby Irishman who is E's gay best friend and marries her to get a visa.

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Dimitriades, Lowe and Hayes to star in The Slap

ABC TV has confirmed that Alex Dimitriades, Sophie Lowe and Anthony Hayes have joined the cast of the Matchbox Pictures screen adaptation of Christos Tsiolkas’ novel The Slap.

Production of the eight one-hour episodes will begin on January 19 in Melbourne.

Dimitriades will play Harry, Lowe will be Connie and Hayes will bring Gary to life. Other cast announcements include Lex Marinos as manolis, Blake Davis as Richie, Oliver Ackland as Rhys, Diana Glenn as Sandi, Toula Tianni as Koula and Eugenia Fragos as Elisavet. These actors join the previously announced cast members Melissa George, Sophie Okonedo, Essie Davis and Jonathan Lapaglia, who will also star.

The Slap is produced by Tony Ayres, Helen Bowden and Michael McMahon, and the team of directors includes Jessica Hobbs, Matthew Saville, Tony Ayres and Robert Connolly.

International sales will be managed by UK-based distributor Dcd Rights.
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