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Acorn TV Takes U.S. Rights To Judy Davis-Fronted Australian Drama ‘Mystery Road’

Acorn TV has picked up the U.S. rights to Australian drama Mystery Road, which stars Feud's Judy Davis and Jack Irish's Aaron Pedersen. The Svod service will air the series in August after acquiring the rights from All3Media International. The drama, which is directed by Redfern Now's Rachel Perkins, stars Pedersen as detective Jay Swan, who is sent to the remote outback town of Patterson to investigate the disappearance of two young cattle workers. He is partnered with…
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‘Mystery Road,’ Judy Davis and Aaron Pedersen Drama Series, Heads to Acorn TV in the U.S.

‘Mystery Road,’ Judy Davis and Aaron Pedersen Drama Series, Heads to Acorn TV in the U.S.
Mystery Road” will play on Acorn TV in the U.S. after the streamer boarded the series, which is a spinoff of Australian movies “Mystery Road” and “Goldstone.”

The drama was commissioned by Australian pubcaster the ABC. It stars Judy Davis (“Feud”) and Aaron Pedersen (“Jack Irish”) as detectives investigating the mysterious disappearance of two young men from a remote Australian Outback town. Davis is local cop Emme James, who partners with Pedersen’s indigenous detective, Jay Swan. Their investigation into the boys’ disappearance stirs up the local community as they unearth other crimes and miscarriages of justice that stretch back years.
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Acorn TV picks up Australian crime series 'Mystery Road'

ABC Australia’s six-part drama series stars Judy Davis, Aaron Pedersen.

Streaming service Acorn TV has acquired North American rights to ABC Australia’s six-part drama series Mystery Road.

The deal between the service’s UK-based development division Acorn Media Enterprises (Ame) and distributor All3media International also covers available secondary rights to the series for the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

Mystery Road, with Judy Davis and Aaron Pedersen starring for director Rachel Perkins, will get its North American premiere as an Acorn TV Original in August.

Produced by David Jowsey and Greer Simpkin for Bunya Productions, with
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Mystery Road review – TV spin-off unearths ambitious tale of small-town secrets

Director Rachel Perkins leaves her mark on this satisfying spin-off of Ivan Sen’s film with the aid of a stellar cast and outstanding cinematography

When two young men go missing in the small town of Patterson in remote Western Australia, local cop Emma James (Judy Davis), calls in seasoned detective Jay Swan (Aaron Pedersen) to help find out what happened to them.

So begins Mystery Road, a six-part spin-off of Ivan Sen’s 2013 film of the same name. Directed by Rachel Perkins (known for 1998’s Radiance but most recently 2017’s Jasper Jones), the series picks up a narrative thread between the 2013 film and its 2016 “spiritual sequel”, Goldstone. But while there are references to the films that bookend it, this Mystery Road series is a self-contained narrative, with characters – particularly Jay Swan – the constant thread.

Related: TV wars: why Australia’s messy streaming landscape isn’t getting better anytime soon
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Series Mania: Rachel Perkins, Greer Simpkin Talk ‘Mystery Road,’ Creating a Sense of Place

Lille, France — An aboriginal boy disappears without an initial trace from his pick-up van on a cattle ranch in North-West Australia. The local police sergeant, Emma James (Judy Davis), calls in a detective, the brusque Jay Swan (Aaron Pedersen), to investigate.

As Swan drives to meet the local ranch owner, the camera shoots his car from way up high, the desert taking on the arresting colors – pink, white, a few seemingly-doodled black lines – of an abstract painting.

The multiple establishing shots of the local town, with a large aboriginal community, reveal a singular world unknown to most viewers. They also
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Series Mania 2018 competition line-up includes Jesse Armstrong, Abi Morgan projects

Includes world premieres of Succession and The Split.

The world premiere of the 60-minute pilot episode of HBO’s Succession, written by Jesse Armstrong, the UK creator of Peep Show and Fresh Meat, and directed by Adam McKay, whose credits include The Big Short and Anchorman, will open the ninth edition of Series Mania in Lille on April 27.

Brian Cox, Hiam Abbass and Matthew Macfadyen head the ensemble cast of Succession, which follows the travails of a dysfunctional media dynasty.

Additionally, the Official Competition is comprised of 10 world premieres of original global TV series. They include BBC and Sundance TV series The Split,
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‘Succession,’ ‘American Woman,’ ‘Autonomies,’ ‘Rain’ Set for Series Mania in Lille

After moving to the northeastern French city of Lille from its longtime base in Paris, Series Mania will open its newest edition April 27 with HBO’s media empire drama “Succession,” written and created by Jesse Armstrong. The festival will close May 5 with the French premiere of Sky’s “Babylon Berlin,” a Beta Film co-produced series that pushed the bounds of scale and production values for high-end foreign-language European series.

Series Mania’s upcoming ninth edition is its first in Lille after eight years in the French capital. The event, a French government-backed drive to create a TV fest with the
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‘Go Karts,’ ‘100% Wolf’ Head Funding Slate for Screenwest, Screen Australia

New Year funding announcements by Australia’s federal and regional-level film support bodies have allowed the green-lighting of a string of features and documentary films.

Prominent among them is “Go Karts,” a family film about a boy who must overcome difficulties, including his own recklessness, to win a kart championship. The film is directed by Owen Trevor (“Top Gear”) from a script by Steve Worland (“Paper Planes”) and starts production the first half of 2018.

Production is by Jamie Hilton (“Breath”) and Sonia Borella for See Pictures. Executive producers are Joel Pearlman, Michael Pontin, Berry Meyerowitz and Jeff Sackman. Roadshow Films will handle distribution in Australia and New Zealand. International sales are by Aqute Media.

The film has funding support of the Western Australian Regional Film Fund (Warff) through Screenwest, and received major production investment from Screen Australia and Screenwest in association with Create Nsw and Spectrum Films.

Screen Australia, Screenwest and Create Nsw, have also come
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November 7th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Limehouse Golem, Darkman II and III, Westworld Season 1

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Now that November is in full swing, we have a brand new batch of Blu-ray and DVD releases to look forward to this week. Scream Factory is keeping busy with the releases of both Darkman II and III, as well as co-presenting Killing Ground and Darkness Rising alongside IFC Midnight.

As far as other new titles are concerned, there’s a bunch coming our way on Tuesday, including Ghastlies, The Limehouse Golem, Dead Still, Mother Krampus, Demon Hole, and Westworld Season 1. And for you cult film fanatics, both Satan’s Cheerleaders and John Landis’ thriller Into the Night are both making their way to Blu, too.

Other November 7th releases include Beneath, The Nightmare, The Untamed, and The Tormenting.

Darkman II: The Return of Durant (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)

The crime-fighting master of disguises returns in this action-packed sequel to the hit motion picture. Arnold Vosloo (The Mummy, G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra
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Contest: Win Killing Ground on Blu-ray / DVD

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In the isolated wilderness, sometimes human nature can be more primal than Mother Nature, as evidenced in the new film Killing Ground, coming to Blu-ray / DVD on November 7th from Scream Factory. To celebrate the new home media release, we've been provided with three Blu-ray / DVD combo pack copies to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.

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Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray / DVD combo pack copy of Killing Ground.

How to Enter: We're giving Daily Dead readers multiple chances to enter and win:

1. Instagram: Following us on Instagram during the contest period will give you an automatic contest entry. Make sure to follow us at:

https://www.instagram.com/dailydead/

2. Email: For a chance to win via email, send an email to contest@dailydead.com with the subject “Killing Ground Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on November 13th.
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AFM: Celluloid Dreams Scores Key Sales on Stephen McCallum’s ‘1%’ (Exclusive)

AFM: Celluloid Dreams Scores Key Sales on Stephen McCallum’s ‘1%’ (Exclusive)
Celluloid Dreams has scored key territory sales on Stephen McCallum’s Australian crime thriller “1%,” which world premiered at Toronto where it was picked up by A24 and DirecTV for North America.

Set in the world of outlaw motorcycle gangs, “1%” centers on two men who grapple with loyalty and betrayal to control the crime-ridden scene.

Celluloid Dreams has now sold the buzzed-about film to Altitude (U.K.), Koch Media (Germany, Austria and Switzerland), One Movie (Italy), Impacto (Latin America) and The Klockworx (Japan).

A24 and DirecTV will be releasing the film in North America in theaters. The film will roll out on DirecTV in 2018.

Written by Matt Nable, “1%” stars Ryan Corr, Abbey Lee, Simone Kessell, Josh McConville and Aaron Pederson. The movie was produced by See PicturesJamie Hilton and Michael Pontin. Josh Pomeranz, Viv Scanu, Stephen Boyle, Phil Hunt and Compton Ross serving as executive producers.

Celluloid Dreams’s fall slate includes Xavier Legrand’s critically acclaimed
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Frightfest 2017: Killing Ground Review: Dir. Damien Power

Killing Ground Review: A young couple’s relaxing camping trip is destroyed when they stumble across a terrible and dangerous secret. Killing Ground Review

Just when you think Australia couldn’t get any deadlier, Killing Ground arrives to give you nightmares. Sam (Harriet Dyer) and Ian (Ian Meadows) decide to see in the new year by camping in secluded spot from Ian’s childhood. They arrive to find that they’re not as isolated as they thought however, as there’s already a tent pitched. Deciding to stay on regardless, they soon realise that something isn’t quite right with the other tent – their neighbours haven’t been seen and the place is a mess – then after a shocking discovery, they find themselves fighting for their lives.

Killing Ground is a truly impressive film. There’s not been an Australian debut this nasty and intense since Wolf Creek. Although the antagonists on display here,
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Aaron Pedersen and Judy Davis to set off on 'Mystery Road' for the ABC

Aaron Pedersen as Jay Swan in 'Goldstone'..

Detective Jay Swan, the protagonist in Ivan Sen.s films Mystery Road and Goldstone, is headed to the small screen.

Aaron Pedersen will reprise the role in Mystery Road - The Series, alongside Judy Davis as a small town cop, for the ABC and international distributor All3Media International.

Directed by Rachel Perkins and produced by Bunya Productions. David Jowsey and Greer Simpkin, the 6-part mystery/drama starts shooting in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia in late August..

The plot follows Swan as he investigates the disappearance of two young farm hands on an outback cattle station. One is a local Indigenous footy hero, the other a backpacker. Working with local cop Emma James (Davis), his investigation uncovers a past injustice that threatens the whole community

It is a rare Australian screen role for Davis, who was last seen
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Killing Ground (2016) Movie Trailer: Sociopaths Hunt Family in Tense Horror Film

Killing Ground Trailer Damien Power‘s Killing Ground (2016) movie trailer stars Stephen Hunter, Aaron Pedersen, Tiarnie Coupland, Harriet Dyer, and Maya Stange. Killing Ground‘s plot synopsis: “A couple’s romantic camping trip becomes a desperate fight for survival in this ultra-raw, unhinged kill ride. In need of a break from their life in [...]

Continue reading: Killing Ground (2016) Movie Trailer: Sociopaths Hunt Family in Tense Horror Film
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Killing Ground | Check Out the Official Us Trailer!

On behalf of IFC Midnight, we are pleased to share the Official Us Trailer for the disturbing horror/thriller film Killing Ground. A brutal tale of survival that will have your heart racing, Killing Ground marks the debut feature of writer/director Damien Power and stars Australian actors Aaron Pedersen (ABC’s “Jack Irish”), Ian Meadows (Network Ten’s …

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Alex Russell crime pic aims for late 2017 start, Stan's Rob Gibson to produce

Alex Russell is set to star in Sons of Salt, the story of an ex-con trying to get his life together who is reluctantly drawn into a dangerous world by his pro-surfer brother. ..

This is the first feature from Five Lip Films (formerly Rockpool Films), the young collective made up of Nida grads Russell, James Elliot, and Sarah-Jane McAllan, plus Ande Cunningham and David O.Donnell (Waapa).

The five are back and forth between La and Sydney, and the shingle doesn't have a premises..

Last year Cunningham directed short film Oranges Don.t Grow on Trees, featuring Russell and Sarah Snook..

This Friday, the outfit will premiere their latest project, Picture Wheel.—.a short written and directed by O'Donnell and starring Russell and James Hoare (the upcoming Picnic at Hanging Rock mini).—.at California's Cinequest Festival.

James Hoare (centre back) in 'Picture Wheel'.

O'Donnell also wrote the script for Sons of Salt,
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Alex Russell crime pic aims at late 2017 start, Stan's Rob Gibson to produce

Alex Russell is set to star in Sons of Salt, the story of an ex-con trying to get his life together who is reluctantly drawn into a dangerous world by his pro-surfer brother. ..

This is the first feature from Five Lip Films (formerly Rockpool Films), the young collective made up of Nida grads Russell, James Elliot, and Sarah-Jane McAllan, plus Ande Cunningham and David O.Donnell (Waapa).

The five are back and forth between La and Sydney, and the shingle doesn't have a premises..

Last year Cunningham directed short film Oranges Don.t Grow on Trees, featuring Russell and Sarah Snook..

This Friday, the outfit will premiere their latest project, Picture Wheel.—.a short written and directed by O'Donnell and starring Russell and James Hoare (the upcoming Picnic at Hanging Rock mini).—.at California's Cinequest Festival.

James Hoare (centre back) in 'Picture Wheel'.

O'Donnell also wrote the script for Sons of Salt,
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Berlin: Sellers Hit the Festival and Market With Mixed Expectations

Berlin: Sellers Hit the Festival and Market With Mixed Expectations
Sellers are heading to Berlin with realistic expectations about the state of the marketplace and the hurdles facing them.

“Consistently delivering great movies has always been the challenge, but you need the rigor required for that even more so now,” says Sierra/Affinity CEO Nick Meyer, who’ll be repping the Wwi-era drama “The Promise,” starring Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale, in Berlin. “The demand for excellence in filmmaking from independent distributors around the world is higher than ever.”

While Meyer is pragmatic about the global economy (“There are always going to be currency fluctuations and markets that are up and down — that’s the rule,” he says), others see a more ominous landscape.

“The fundamental issue right now is that every single territory in the world has problems that are very challenging, not just for the cinema market, but politically and economically,” says FilmNation Entertainment senior VP of international sales Tara Erer,
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