Umbrella Entertainment keeps faith in Oz films and documentaries

‘In Like Flynn.’

Robert Slaviero has joined Umbrella Entertainment as head of sales as the distributor continues its commitment to release a sizable slate of Australian feature films and documentaries.

While some distributors have largely shied away from handling local films Umbrella is keeping the faith with three titles scheduled to open in October and eight on the slate for 2019.

“We like working with people who are passionate about their work and who have a commercial sensibility,” Umbrella MD Jeff Harrison tells If, pointing to collaborators including Causeway FilmsKristina Ceyton and Sam Jennings, Catherine Scott, Carver FilmsSarah Shaw and Anna McLeish, Paul Ireland and Damian Hill, Steve Jaggi and Justin Dix. “We are very happy with what we’re doing.”

Head of acquisitions Ari Harrison says the firm evaluates up to 50 scripts at any one time and he laments the shortage of projects aimed at older females. “People
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New Thrills with Australian Chiller Out Of The Shadows – Trailer

Red Hound Films, the newly announced digital label from Blue Fox Entertainment, is proud to announce that Dee McLachlan’s Autrailian thriller Out Of The Shadows is now available on VOD! In the film, a newly married detective and his pregnant wife move into their dream home unaware of its dark and twisted history. When Katrina …

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Film News Roundup: Jennifer Hudson Sings Title Anthem for Ruth Bader Ginsburg Documentary

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Film News Roundup: Jennifer Hudson Sings Title Anthem for Ruth Bader Ginsburg Documentary
In today’s film news, Jennifer Hudson will sing the anthem for the upcoming documentary about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Blue Fox Entertainment launches a new division, and Freestyle buys “Seven Hundred Miles.”

Film Music

Jennifer Hudson will sing “I’ll Fight,” the anthem for “Rbg,” the upcoming documentary about the life and legal legacy of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The original song is written and arranged by legendary songwriter Diane Warren. The song will be released by Epic Records on May 4 to coincide with the domestic release of the film.

Rbg” is told through the voices of Ginsburg’s friends, former clients, and colleagues, and includes interviews with historic figures and her family, including Gloria Steinem, Eugene Scalia, NPR’s Nina Totenberg, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-ut), Lilly Ledbetter, and others. In recent years, Justice Ginsburg, now approaching her 25th year of service on the U.S. Supreme Court
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Blue Fox Entertainment launches digital platform Red Hound

Initial slate includes eclectic mix of sci-fi, drama, and horror.

Los Angeles-based Blue Fox Entertainment has launched Red Hound Films, a full service global digital and VOD distribution company specialising in innovative and provocative independent films.

Blue Fox Entertainment partners James Huntsman, Andreas Olavarria and Todd Slater will oversee day-to-day operations of the new platform, which will receive the full support of Blue Fox’s marketing and publicity departments.

Starting in May, the principals plan to release more than 20 features a year through the new label, more than doubling the overall distribution slate.

“As we continue to build upon our relationships with agencies,
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Filmart: Evolutionary sells Australian horror 'Out Of The Shadows' to China, takes UK rights (exclusive)

Filmart: Evolutionary sells Australian horror 'Out Of The Shadows' to China, takes UK rights (exclusive)
The film stars Goran D Kleut (Gods Of Egypt), Jake Ryan (The Great Gatsby).

UK-based Evolutionary Films has sold Australian horror thriller Out Of The Shadows to China (Virtual Cinema) and North America (Blue Fox Entertainment).

Evolutionary Films has also taken UK rights and is planning to release the film day-and-date in that territory when Blue Fox Entertainment releases it in North America.

The film was previously represented by Kaleidescope Film Distribution and the company retains rights to the territories they already sold, but the rest were given to Evolutionary Films before Cannes last year.

Directed by Dee McLachlan, the
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Another Prenatal Thriller Comes ‘Out of the Shadows’ (Trailer)

It was announced last year (by ScreenDaily) that London-based sales agent Kaleidoscope Film Distribution has picked up worldwide rights (excluding Australia and New Zealand) to Dee McLachlan’s Australian horror Out of the Shadows. Filmed on Australia’s East Coast, Out of the Shadows stars Blake Northfield in the story of a newly-wed detective who moves into his dream home […]
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Kaleidoscope picks up Aussie horror 'Out Of The Shadows'

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Exclusive: Australian horror from director Dee McLachlan will be introduced to buyers at Tiff.

London-based sales agent Kaleidoscope Film Distribution has picked up worldwide rights (excluding Australia and New Zealand) to Dee McLachlan’s Australian horror Out Of The Shadows.

The film will be introduced to buyers at the forthcoming Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 8-18) and a promo will be screened at Afm in November.

Filmed on Australia’s East Coast, Out Of The Shadows stars Blake Northfield in the story of a newly-wed detective who moves into his dream home unaware of the building’s dark history. When his pregnant wife claims she is being tormented by a supernatural force, he seeks help from a renegade demonologist.

The cast also includes Kendal Rae (Life), Jim Robison (Hacksaw Ridge), Jake Ryan (The Great Gatsby), Goran D. Kleut (I, Frankenstein, Gods Of Egypt) and Helmut Bakaitis (The Matrix: Revolutions, The Matrix: Reloaded).

Actor Northfield is also a
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The Jammed rewatched: indie thriller that became a runaway Aussie success

The gritty story about Melbourne’s sex slaves started small but became an acclaimed local hit, with powerful performances and dramatic pacing

The very concept of an independent film – one financed outside the traditional system, usually with little to no guarantee of distribution – is a concerning proposition in Australia. There is a sense locally made films battle upstream from the start, fighting for eyeballs against a backdrop of diminished market share and inundation of foreign content.

The release of writer-director Dee McLachlan’s riveting 2007 thriller The Jammed, a fictitious examination of Melbourne sex slaves told with shocking street-level realism, embodied the excitement in discovering a great indie but warned of the heightened challenges such films face in finding an audience. McLachlan’s fast-paced exposé came perilously close to plummeting into instant obscurity, but ultimately achieved one of the most inspiring success stories of any locally made independent film.

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Foxtel orders third series of Wentworth

The lags and warders of Wentworth prison will do more time with news that Foxtel has commissioned a third season of 12 episodes from FremantleMedia Australia.

Shooting of season two will continue in Melbourne until mid-February and the show will resume filming in March.

The reimagining of Prisoner has sold to more than 20 countries including the UK.s Channel 5, Ireland TV3, Africa.s Mnet, Tvnz and Sweden.s TV4. A German-language remake is in production for German network Rtl, owned by Fremantle.s parent the Rtl Group.

The premiere on Foxtel.s SoHo channel in May 2013 was the most watched non-sports program ever on Australian pay-tv. Across the 10 episodes Wentworth reached 1.868 million unique viewers . 26% of Foxtel subscribers.

On series two the directors are Kevin Carlin, Catherine Millar, Dee McLachlan, Pino Amenta and Steve Jodrell. The writing team comprises Marcia Gardner (script producer), Timothy Hobart (story editor), John Ridley, Pete McTighe and Adam Todd.
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Ausfilm Week gears up in La

Ausfilm, the Australian organisation aimed to entice international productions to Australia and promote Australian film-makers abroad, is preparing for Ausfilm Week, beginning Wednesday, in Los Angeles.

The organisation has also announced the 17 Australian producers attending one-on-one meetings with Us producers and studios.

The announcement:

Ausfilm, together with representatives of the Australian film industry will converge in Los Angeles from 24-31 October for Ausfilm Week 2012. Ausfilm Week aims to create, build upon and develop international relationships between Ausfilm members and Australian producers with key clients in La to encourage international production to Australia.

Ausfilm Week Los Angeles 2012 will comprise a series of interactive panel sessions highlighting Australia’s production incentives schemes, post production and filmmaking talent, networking experiences, producer collaboration meetings and learning opportunities between the Australian and Us film industries to encourage access to Australia’s Screen Production Incentives. These incentives available include the 40% Producer Offset, 30% Post, Digital and Visual Effects incentive and 16.5% Locations incentive.
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Good line up of Brits at AusFilm Week London

Zephyr Films founder Chris Curling is one of many UK producers taking part in this year.s Ausfilm Week London and, as one of the producers on Death Defying Acts, has already experienced the particular needs of UK/Australian co-productions.

The mid-May pre-Cannes event is designed to develop co-productions between Australia and the UK -- both feature film and high-end television series . through a series of networking events and panel discussions aimed at familiarising delegates with the funding and production landscape of their potential partners.

Also on the list of attendees is Carlo Dusi, head of business and commercial affairs at Ridley and Tony Scott.s production company Scott Free. Ridley Scott cast Cate Blanchett and Russell Crowe in his 2010 action adventure Robin Hood.

Others include Carola Ash, one of the two people heading 2B Pictures, the production arm of the finance-focussed Future Films Group, and Alison Meese, who is
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The Jammed filmmaker Dee McLachlan on new terrorist comedy

Dee McLachlan.s controversial new comedy 10terrorists had its debut screening on Thursday night at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and while the film has been mostly accepted by audiences, it has been faced with its fair share of naysayers.

.We had one person walk out at a test screening and fill in their form saying the film should never have been made.., recalls McLachlan.

10terrorists follows a Hollywood producer as he sets up the most extreme reality show to date - Amateur Master Terrorist. Borrowing from other popular reality shows, Amateur Master Terrorist consists of segments such as Armed Apprentice, Queer Spy for the Terrorist Guy, Blasterchef and So You Want To Be A Terrorist!.

.It started off as a script called Terry and Isim and was about Guantanamo Bay. Then that fell through because Harold and Kumar came along and Bush got voted out. But the idea shifted
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Ryan Reynolds Escapes Two "Buried" Indies, Samuel Fuller Freakouts and More New DVDs

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A look at what's new on DVD today:


Directed by Rodrigo Cortes

Released by Lionsgate

"Paper Man"

Directed by Kieran and Michele Mulroney

Released by Mpi Home Video

While one can't feel too badly for the future "Green Lantern" star and People's sexiest man alive, Ryan Reynolds' two stabs at glory outside the beaten path went largely unseen, which is particularly a shame in the case of Rodrigo Cortes' "Buried," the thriller where Reynolds has no acting partner but a cell phone as a military contractor who finds himself trapped in a coffin with no knowledge of how or why he got there. A success at Sundance, Lionsgate scrapped expansion plans for the film when it didn't do well in limited release, so home video will be the first chance for many to catch it. Still, that was a considerably bigger success than "Paper Man," which snuck in
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