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Eddie Izzard Joins Australian Movie ‘The Call Back’

Eddie Izzard Joins Australian Movie ‘The Call Back’
Eddie Izzard will star in “The Call Back,” and filming will start on the Australian movie later this month in and around Adelaide. Izzard (“Victoria & Abdul”) will play Henry, a British actor who has a relationship with an Australian restauranteur.

French actress Vanessa Guide (“The New Adventures of Aladdin”), and Australian actors Emily Taheny (“Get Krack!n”), Luke McKenzie (“Wentworth”) will also star.

The film is Marion Pilowsky’s (“Sleuth”) feature debut and follows a struggling restaraunteur (Taheny), mired in debt, and who has had a short-lived relationship with Henry. She subsequently settles with a new partner (McKenzie), but her world is turned upside down when Henry comes back into her life, along with his new French girlfriend (Guide).

Fox International Productions, Screen Australia and the South Australian Film Corporation (Safc) are the investors in the film and it will be distributed in Australia via 20th Century Fox Film Australia. London-based [link=co
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Eddie Izzard to Star in Australian Comedy 'The Call Back'

British actor and comedian Eddie Izzard has signed on to star in The Call Back, the feature debut of producer turned writer/director Marion Pilowsky.

Fresh from his turn as Bertie, Prince of Wales  in Stephen Frears Victoria & Abdul, Izzard will play British actor Henry, who is romantically entangled with struggling restaurateur Ronnie, who will be played by Australian Emily Taheny. Also joining the cast of The Call Back are French actress Vanessa Guide (The New Adventures of Aladdin), Luke McKenzie (Wentworth), Hugh Sheridan (Packed to the Rafters), Tina Bursill (Wish You Were Here), Susie Youssef (How Not To Behave) and Tiriel Mora (Happy Feet).

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Fox International Backs Australian Comedy From Marion Pilowsky

Fox International Backs Australian Comedy From Marion Pilowsky
Fox International Productions and 20th Century Fox Australia are backing a new feature comedy, The Call Back, from producer turned writer-director Marion Pilowsky.

Pilowsky, who has had a lengthy career in the U.K. and Australia as a producer on such titles as Kenneth Branagh's Sleuth and My Last Five Girlfriends, has returned home to South Australia to make her directorial debut. She will also co-produce alongside Sue Murray and David Willing through Corner Table Productions.

The Call Back taps into the madness inflicted upon us when visitors overstay their welcome. Based on an original idea, it was written by Pilowsky...
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Flickerfest unveils competitive program

  • IF.com.au
Flickerfest has revealed the 53 films selected to screen as part of the festival's competitive program in its 25th anniversary year.

The films were chosen from more than 2300 entries.

This year.s official Australian Competition features 18 world premieres, six Australian premieres and 10 Nsw premieres..

Twenty-one female directors are represented across the official Australian competition.

The best of the australian films will be shown over seven sessions.

They will be competing for prizes across all areas of the filmmaking craft including the Academy Accredited Virgin Australia Award for Best Australian Film, the Canon Award for Best Direction and the Yoram Gross Award for Best Australian Animation.

Flickerfest is Australia.s only Academy accredited and BAFTA recognised festvial and runs from Friday January 8-17. .

Festival director Bronwyn Kidd, steering her 19th festival, said she was thrilled that Flickerfest was once again a platform for the Australia's most exciting, creative and talented short filmmakers.
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Six shorts receive Screen Aus support

Six short films have received support from Screen Australia, it was announced today.

Through its Short Animation and Shorts Completion programs, a production investment of $446,000 has been made to support two animations and four shorts.

Screen Australia.s Head of Production, Sally Caplan, said, .Out of many applications, we are delighted to have been able to support these six projects. The filmmakers are all talented teams from diverse backgrounds, and the projects are an eclectic mix with distinctive stories. We are very much looking forward to seeing the finished works..

The Short Animation program is supporting two projects: My Little Sumo and Revolution.

My Little Sumo comes from South Australian animation directors Ana Maria Mendez Salgado and Carlos Manrique Clavijo, and writer Lee Sellers. Supported by writer/producer Marion Pilowsky, the film follows the plight of Daisy, a little girl with mighty dreams . to become a professional sumo wrestler.

The
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Screen Aus invests $700,000 across 23 projects in development

Screen Australia has committed almost $700,000 in development support across 23 feature projects.

Fifteen new projects have been added to Screen Australia.s development slate, while eight teams will receive continued support to develop their projects.

Two Australian filmmakers will also be supported to undertake overseas internships: producer Ma.ara Bobby Romia will work for six months with Screentime Group in New Zealand and director Ariel Martin-Merrells will work under the mentorship of director James Foley in Los Angeles for five months.

Screen Australia.s head of development Martha Coleman said in a statement: .Following a now well-established tradition, the development slate announced today includes a diverse range of compelling stories from both established and emerging filmmakers. The high calibre of screenplays coming through our door backs up positive feedback we are getting from the domestic and international marketplace and I.m looking forward to seeing the best of these projects make
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Rupert Murdoch set to be next Aussie media mogul to get Howzat treatment

The story of Rupert Murdoch’s rise to become the world’s biggest media mogul looks set to become an Australian TV telemovie,

Screen Australia has provided funding development for the work which is being written by Bob Ellis and Stephen Ramsay.

The announcement comes days after Southern Star’s production of Howzat, the story of how Australian media mogul Kerry Packer took on the cricket establishment delivered the Nine Network with 2m+ ratings.

The series has the working title of The News of the World.

The British Sunday tabloid the telemovie is named after was closed by Murdoch last year in the wake of the phone hacking scandal.

Bob Ellis wrote the Australian journalism drama Newsfront and most recently ABC’s Infamous Victory: Ben Chifley’s Battle for Coal while Stephen Ramsey wrote and directed The Baby Boomers Picture Show and Flashbacks.

Ellis told Mumbrella: “What we have
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Tracking Shot June 2011: Assayas, Brougher and Paul Thomas Anderson

At the beginning of every month, Ioncinema.com's "Tracking Shot" features a handful of projects that are moments away from lensing and that we feel are worth signaling out. This June, we are keeping tabs on nine projects including the untitled, aka The Master from master filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson. A View from the Bridge Director: Robert Connolly - Screenwriter: Andrew Bovell Producer(s): Anthony Lapaglia, Marion Pilowsky, Natalie Stevenson Cast: Vera Farmiga, Mia Wasikowska, Sam Neill, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Lapaglia Filming in New York and Melbourne, Australia Comments: Aussie-born actor Anthony Lapaglia wears the producer hat, returns to a character that is familiar to him: the jealousy husband/father in a 1950's New York borough. The helmer behind the Tiff selected Balibo directs this Arthur Miller play which was the basis for Kazan's On the Waterfront. Farmiga will look great in the eras' garb. Ray Lawrence was originally attached to direct.
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Tribeca Film Festival unveils short films line-up, includes Ian McKellen, David Duchovny, Joseph Fiennes

Organisers of the Tribeca Film Festival have announced this year's line-up of 60 short films, 22 of which are world premieres.

The international festival was founded in 2002 by Robert De Niro, producer Jane Rosenthal and real-estate investor Craig Hatkoff to help revitalise Manhattan's Tribeca neighbourhood following the 9/11 terrorist attack.

The 2011 event - presented by founding sponsor American Express - will run from April 20 to May 1. The 60 shorts represent 21 countries, including the UK, and feature stars from around the globe.

In a new development this year, the recipient of the Tff Best Narrative Short award will qualify for consideration in the Short Films category of the Oscars without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with Academy rules.

The short film program, drawn from 2,862 submissions, will be presented in eight thematic programs, which are detailed below.

There is a broad spectrum of styles and storytelling, from zombies taking over Manhattan to the humanitarian effort in Haiti.
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22 World Premieres in Tribeca Short-Film Program

The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival on Wednesday announced its lineup of 60 short films, 22 of which are world premieres.

A new wrinkle at this year’s festival is the recipient of the Tff Best Narrative Short award will qualify for consideration in the Short Films category of the annual Academy Awards without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.

Drawn from 2,862 submissions, the short-film program represents 21 countries, including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Haiti, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Scotland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom and the United States.

The following is a listing of the selected short films in the eight programs in which they will be presented, with descriptions provided by the festival.

2011 Tribeca Film Festival Short Film Program

Off the Grid (Documentary)

Sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll are a few of the topics explored in these thought-provoking short documentaries.
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22 World Premieres in Tribeca Short-Film Program

The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival on Wednesday announced its lineup of 60 short films, 22 of which are world premieres.

A new wrinkle at this year’s festival is the recipient of the Tff Best Narrative Short award will qualify for consideration in the Short Films category of the annual Academy Awards without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.

Drawn from 2,862 submissions, the short-film program represents 21 countries, including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Haiti, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Scotland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom and the United States.

The following is a listing of the selected short films in the eight programs in which they will be presented, with descriptions provided by the festival.

2011 Tribeca Film Festival Short Film Program

Off the Grid (Documentary)

Sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll are a few of the topics explored in these thought-provoking short documentaries.
See full article at Moving Pictures Network »

View from the Bridge has provisional certificate

Contrary to reports, the film adaptation of A View From the Bridge, set to be shot in Melbourne later this year, has received a provisional certificate to receive the Producer Offset.

“Contrary to the recent article in The Australian, we do have our provisional certification as a qualifying Australian film,” producer Marion Pilowsky told Encore.

The newspaper reported that the film had been denied a provisional certificate.

The film will be a 100 percent Australian project, produced by actor Anthony Lapaglia, Australian UK-based producer Marion Pilowsky, and La-based producer Natalie Stevenson. The cast includes Lapaglia, Mia Wasikowska, Vera Farmiga and Sebastian Sant. The screenplay has been written by Andrew Bovell.

A View From the Bridge received an incentive from Victoria’s Production Investment Attraction Fund to shoot in the state instead of New York, where the story is set.
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Lapaglia Getting Plenty of Company On the “Bridge”

Vera Farmiga and Mia Wasikowska will join Anthony Lapaglia in “A View From the Bridge,” a feature adaptation based on Arthur Miller’s 1955 play of the same name. Sam Neill and newcomer Sebastian Stan (”Black Swan”) also topline the pic, which is helmed by Robert Connolly and penned by “Edge of Darkness” scribe Andrew Bovell. Lapaglia will also produce the pic with Marion Pilowsky and Natalie Stevenson.

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Farmiga, Wasikowska Take In The "View"

Vera Farmiga and Mia Wasikowska are set to join "A View From the Bridge" for Protagonist says Variety

Based on Arthur Miller's play of the same name, the 1950s Brooklyn-set story follows Eddie Carbone (Anthony La Paglia), a Brooklyn longshoreman obsessed with his 17-year-old niece Catherine (Wasikowska).

When Catherine falls in love with a newly arrived immigrant, Eddie's jealousy erupts in a rage that consumes him, his family, and his world.

Lapaglia won a Tony Award for playing Eddie in the 1998 Broadway production. In the film Farmiga would play his wife Beatrice. Sam Neill and Sebastian Stan also star.

Robert Connolly ("Balibo," "The Bank") directs from a script by Andrew Bovell ("Edge of Darkness"). Lapaglia, Marion Pilowsky and Natalie Stevenson will produce.

Shooting kicks off in June in Melbourne and New York.
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Melbourne secures Connolly’s feature A View From the Bridge

The film adaptation of Arthur Miller’s award-winning play A View From the Bridge will be directed by Robert Connolly and made in Melbourne this year, with pre-production, filming and post to take place in the state.

The film will be 100 percent an Australian project, produced by actor Anthony Lapaglia, Australian UK-based producer Marion Pilowsky, and La-based producer Natalie Stevenson.

The cast includes Lapaglia, Mia Wasikowska, Vera Farmiga and Sebastian Sant. The screenplay has been written by Andrew Bovell; according to Film Victoria CEO Sandra Sdraulig, “at least 70 crew” will be from Victoria.

The project received an incentive from Victoria’s Production Investment Attraction Fund.

The story is set in 1950s Brooklyn and follows longshoreman Eddie Carbone, his wife Beatrice and her orphaned niece Catherine. Lapaglia secured the film rights and Miller’s approval after starring in the 1998 Broadway production, for which he won a Tony Award for best actor as Eddie Carbone.
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Farmiga crosses the 'Bridge'

Vera Farmiga has signed on to the cast of the feature version of Arthur Miller's 1955 play "A View From the Bridge."According to Variety, she joins a cast that includes Mia Wasikowska, Anthony Lapaglia, Sam Neill and Sebastian Stan.Robert Connolly is directing from a script by Andrew Bovell.Lapaglia will produce along with Marion Pilowsky and Natalie Stevenson after securing the film rights and Miller's approval. Lapaglia starred in the 1997 Broadway production for which he won a Tony Award for the role of Eddie Carbone.Set during 1950s Brooklyn, the film will focus on longshoreman Eddie Carbone (Lapaglia), his wife Beatrice (Farmiga), and their young niece Catherine (Wasikowska), whom they have raised since childhood. Upon the arrival of Beatrice's cousins from
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Paramount picks up 'Five Girlfriends'

London -- Paramount Pictures International, the studio's overseas releasing arm, has wooed the U.K. rights to "My Last Five Girlfriends," a romantic comedy from British production label Willing Pilowsky Media.

Ppi said it plans to roll the Julian Kemp-directed movie in March next year.

The film took a bow at the Tribeca Film Festival in April and unspooled in the U.K. at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in June.

It is the first production from Willing Pilowsky, a partnership between David Willing and Marion Pilowsky. L.A.-based Media 8 is handling international sales and will show the title during next month's American Film Market.

The film stars newcomer Brendan Patricks with Naomie Harris, Jane March and Cecile Cassel in the story of a man looking back at his former loves.

Ppi president Andrew Cripps said: "We are always on the look out for smart, locally produced films
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Spc finds new celebrity in 'Sleuth'

[/link] Sony Pictures Classics Sleuth (1972 version) Kenneth BranaghMichael Caine Jude LawProduction was stalled a couple of times, but now with a U.S distributor on board its full steam ahead for Kenneth Branagh’s contemporary take on the 1972 film. Sony Pictures Classics has boarded the production which starts later this month. This is an updated version of the award-winning play. A dramatic and thrilling study of sexual conflict, jealousy, power and manipulation handled with both lacerating wit and humor, Sleuth tells the story of a wealthy writer of detective stories (Caine) and an aspiring yet out-of-work actor (Law) who is having an affair with the writer's wife. The writer's exquisitely modernized Georgian manor, becomes the backdrop for a cat and mouse game that pits one creative mind against another. Caine would be playing the Laurence Olivier role and Law playing Caine's original role.What is of
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Priority Pictures is on the Marche

LONDON -- British production and financing company Priority Pictures, founded by the oldest new kids on the block, steps into the European arena at a time widely regarded by industry observers as the hardest ever for independent moviemakers. Set up by the debonair former Channel Four management executive Colin Leventhal and feisty U.K.-based Australian straight talker Marion Pilowsky, Priority is gearing up for its first campaign at the Marche du Film next month in Cannes. Priority will also draw on the experience of former Miramax acquisitions chief Trea Hoving, who is a card-carrying consultant advising on everything from script acquisition to development and production. Hoving is also a consultant with Focus Features, helping the Universal specialty arm to expand its strong reputation for being a director-led company across the rest of Europe.

Priority Pics at top of Focus list

Focus Features has struck a two-year first-look pact with Priority Pictures, the U.K. film development, finance and production company formed in June by Colin Leventhal and Marion Pilowsky. The deal -- which gives Focus worldwide rights, including international sales, to Priority films made under the current deal -- encompasses advisory arrangements with Leventhal and Priority consultant Trea Hoving on potential acquisitions of European-based films for Focus to distribute. Focus already has a similar deal with Stephane Sperry's Paris-based Liaisons Films. The London-based Priority staff will work closely with Focus president of production John Lyons and Lee Magiday, Focus' U.K.-based vp and European acquisitions and productions executive.
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