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Frances O’Connor, Richard Roxburgh Join Australia’s ‘Go Karts’

Frances O’Connor, Richard Roxburgh Join Australia’s ‘Go Karts’
See Pictures has cast newcomer William Lodder in the lead role of its upcoming “Go Karts,” which begins filming this week in Busselton, Western Australia. He is joined by Frances O’Connor, Richard Roxburgh, Dan Wyllie, Darius Amarfio-Jefferson, Cooper van Grootel and another newcomer Anastasia Bampos.

The high-octane family film sees Lodder as a Jack-the-lad who discovers that he is good at something, karting. He is encouraged in his career choice by a supportive mother. But he has to face up to challenges of his own making, as well as from other racers.

The film is directed by Owen Trevor (TV’s “Top Gear”) from a script by Steve Worland (“Paper Planes”). Production is by Jamie Hilton “(Breath”) and Sonia Borella for See Pictures.

Distribution in Australia and new Zealand is to be through Roadshow Films, which co-developed the script. It will be represented internationally by Aqute Media.

Sydney- and
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BBC Bringing ‘Romper Stomper’ Series to the U.K. (Exclusive)

BBC Bringing ‘Romper Stomper’ Series to the U.K. (Exclusive)
Romper Stomper” is heading to the U.K. after the BBC bought the Australian series, a sequel to the controversial 1992 movie of the same name that launched Russell Crowe to fame. The BBC will run the drama on its online BBC Three channel later this year.

Crowe played the lead role of Hando in the film, the head of a gang of violent neo-Nazis. The series is set 25 years later and tracks the exploits of a new generation of far-right activists, as well as the anti-fascists lining up against them. The film was Australian director Geoffrey Wright’s first, and he helms the six-part follow-up series, which was greenlit by Australian streaming service Stan.

There is no Hando in the series, but the show’s lineage is reflected in the cast, with Dan Wyllie (“Love My Way”) and Jacqueline McKenzie (“The 4400”) reprising their big-screen roles.

The cast is otherwise a mix of well-known Australian actors
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SundanceTV Global Buys ‘Romper Stomper’ Series Based on Russell Crowe Movie

SundanceTV Global Buys ‘Romper Stomper’ Series Based on Russell Crowe Movie
SundanceTV Global has picked up “Romper Stomper,” the TV adaptation of the 1992 movie of the same name, about Australian far-right skinheads and their anti-fascist counterparts.

Sundance has snagged a raft of international rights to the series. It will play it on its SundanceTV Global channel in Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa region.

The series is an original for Australian streaming service Stan, and was produced by Roadshow Rough Diamond, with the backing of Screen Australia and Film Victoria. Geoffrey Wright, creator of the original film, which helped launch Russell Crowe’s career, is a producer on the series, alongside John Edwards and Dan Edwards. Jacqueline McKenzie and Dan Wyllie, from the movie, are also in the series.

Dcd Rights is distributing the six-part series and struck the Sundance deal. It gets its full international launch at the Mipcom market next month.

“The
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Romper Stomper to get a TV sequel

Australian streaming service Stan has announced that it is developing a six-part TV sequel to the cult 1992 film Romper Stomper, which starred Russell Crowe as the leader of a group of violent neo-Nazi extremists.

Romper Stomper will be directed by Geoffrey Wright, who helmed the original film, as well as Daina Reid (Never Tear us Apart: The Untold Story of Inxs) and James Napier Robertson (The Dark Horse), and is described as “a high stakes crime drama/political thriller that explores the human face of extremism” and “a timely revisiting of issues as today’s world confronts the politics of hate and hard-right populism.”

Romper Stomper will be unmissable television, as provocative now as the film was in 1992, examining at a personal level the hatred, fear, vengeance and politics hidden in plain sight all around us,” said Nick Forward, chief content officer at Stan.

The series will see Jacqueline McKenzie
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Russell Crowe's Skinhead Drama Romper Stomper is Getting a TV Series

Russell Crowe got his big break in 1992 in a crazy, violent, and controversial Australian skinhead indie film called Romper Stomper. I was blown away by this movie when I first saw it and Crowe gave such an amazing terrifying performance. He played a neo-Nazi skinhead in the film named Hando. If you've never seen this movie before, it's definitely worth checking out.

According to THR, the film's creator Geoffrey Wright is now adapting his movie into a limited run TV series. It seems like the kind of story that would work great for series. Here's a description of what the series will entail:

The high stakes crime drama/political thriller explores the human face of extremism, picking up on the prescient themes and story of Wright’s classic film, following a new generation of the activist right, its anti-fascist counterparts and the multicultural fabric of a country that they threaten to tear apart.
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‘Romper Stomper’ To Get A Six-Part TV Remake

Romper Stomper, the film that was the feature film debut of Russell Crowe back in 1992, is getting a TV remake courtesy of the Australian streaming service Stan. The original film’s director Geoffrey Wright, who went on to helm films like 2000’s Cherry Falls and the 2006 version of Macbeth, will co-direct the new series, along with Daina Reid and James Napier Robertson. More on the Romper Stomper TV series below.

Romper Stomper TV series to air of Australia’s Stan network

Supporting cast members Jacqueline McKenzie and Dan Wyllie will reprise their roles from the 1992 original, but the new Romper Stomper TV series will not see a return for Russell Crowe.

David Wenham, Lachy Hulme, Sophie Lowe and Toby Wallace will join the cast though, with Wallace playing the character of Kane, a drifter who gets drawn into a hard-right Australian nationalist group.

Russell Crowe’s Mr. Hyde transformation in
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Skinhead Classic That Launched Russell Crowe's Career to Become Series for Aussie Streamer

Romper Stomper, the controversial 1992 Australian feature that cemented Russell Crowe as a star for his turn as violent neo-Nazi skinhead Hando, is being reimagined by creator Geoffrey Wright as a series.

Production on the limited-run series, planned for 2018, gets underway this week for Australian streaming service Stan, jointly owned by the Nine TV network and publisher Fairfax Media, with Jacqueline Mackenzie and Dan Wyllie reprising their roles from the original film. David Wenham, Lachy Hulme and newcomer Toby Wallace will also star.

The high stakes crime drama/political thriller explores the human face of extremism, picking up on the prescient...
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Film Acquisition Rundown: Mubi Buys Philippe Garrel’s ‘Lover for a Day,’ FilmRise Picks Up ‘Women Who Kill’ and More

Film Acquisition Rundown: Mubi Buys Philippe Garrel’s ‘Lover for a Day,’ FilmRise Picks Up ‘Women Who Kill’ and More
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

– Mubi has acquired the U.S., U.K. and Ireland rights to Philippe Garrel’s “Lover for a Day” (“L’Amant d’un jour”), which premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival and won the Sacd prize from the French Writers and Directors Guild, shared with Claire Denis’ “Let the Sunshine In.”
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Film Movement Picks Up ‘Jasper Jones’; FilmRise Acquires ‘Women Who Kill’

Film Movement has secured all U.S. rights to Jasper Jones, an Australian drama from director Rachel Perkins. Adapted from Craig Silvey’s novel, the film will be released this winter. Toni Collette, Hugo Weaving, Levi Miller, Angourie Rice, Dan Wyllie and Aaron McGrath co-star in the pic that follows Charlie Bucktin, a bookish boy of 14 who lives in a small town in Western Australia. One night during the scorching summer of 1969, Charlie is awoken by local part-Aboriginal…
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Film Review: ‘Jasper Jones’

Film Review: ‘Jasper Jones’
The loss of childhood innocence and the suffocating despair of adulthood come together in “Jasper Jones,” a beautifully composed portrait of life in late-’60s small-town Australia. Centered on a 14-year-old boy caught up in a murder mystery involving a part-Aboriginal suspect, this outstanding adaptation of Craig Silvey’s novel will appeal strongly to teenage and adult audiences. Boasting excellent performances by young actors Aaron McGrath, Levi Miller (“Pan”) and Angourie Rice (“The Nice Guys”), and with Toni Collette in top form as the protagonist’s frustrated mother, this is the best film yet by director Rachel Perkins (“Bran Nue Dae”). Everything points to a successful local release on March 2. Offshore theatrical exposure is not out of the question.

Published in 2009 and since adapted for several highly acclaimed stage productions, Silvey’s source material is regarded as something of a Down UnderTo Kill a Mockingbird.” Tackling themes of prejudice,
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Full Trailer for Australian Coming-of-Age 'Jasper Jones' with Levi Miller

"We don't know who's out there!" The first trailer has debuted for an Australian coming-of-age drama titled Jasper Jones, adapted from Craig Silvey’s bestselling Australian novel of the same name. The film stars Levi Miller as a 14-year-old boy living in a small town, who is awoken by a local man named Jasper Jones, played by Aaron L. McGrath. Jasper leads him deep into the forest and shows him something that will change his life forever, setting them both on a dangerous journey to solve a mystery that will consume the entire community. This kind of sounds a bit like Stand by Me by way of Australia, and the trailer has a bit of that feeling. This also stars Hugo Weaving, Toni Collette, Angourie Rice, Matt Nable, Dan Wyllie, and Myles Pollard. Not sure when this film will show up in the Us, but it actually looks pretty damn good.
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Seven unveils 2017 slate including Blue Murder: Killer Cop and Hoges

Blue Murder: Killer Cop..

The Seven Network has revealed its programming slate for the coming 18 months. Among it are a number of new Australia dramas, including: Olivia Newton-John, Warnie, Hoges: The Paul Hogan Story and the anticipated Blue Murder: Killer Cop, which sees Richard Roxburgh reprise his role as Roger Rogerson.

The network has also confirmed that The Secret Daughter, Wanted and 800 Words will return in 2017.

Also new for Seven are Million Dollar Cold Case, Yummy Mummies, The Aussie Property Flippers and Murder Uncovered. The network has also touted a controversial new show.—..now being filmed under a veil of secrecy..—.which it claims will be the most talked about program of 2017.

Seven has confirmed reality mainstays.My Kitchen Rules, House Rules, First Dates and Seven Year Switch for new seasons.

New international titles secured by the network include Trial and Error and Training Day.

Seven.s
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Rose Byrne and Damon Herriman to star in second season of No Activity

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No Activity.

Rose Byrne and Damon Herriman are set to join the cast of Stan.s comedy series No Activity for its second season, which will premiere in late October.. Also joining the cast this season are Chum Ehelepola (Rake), Anthony Hayes (The Rover), Susie Youssef (Here Come the Habibs) and Kim Gyngell (Jack Irish). The actors join the returning cast which includes Patrick Brammall (Offspring), Darren Gilshenan (Here Come the Habibs), Dan Wyllie (Offspring), David Field (A Moody Christmas), Harriet Dyer (Love Child) and Genevieve Morris (Comedy Inc.). No Activity is an improvised comedy series from Jungle, the team behind Here Come the Habibs, A Moody Christmas and Review with Myles Barlow. The series is created by Trent O.Donnell and Patrick Brammall, written and directed by O.Donnell, and was developed together with Darren Gilshenan and David Field. Chloe Rickard is the producer, and Jason Burrows, Trent O.Donnell,
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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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Stan's No Activity scores first Logie nominations for Svod platform

Patrick Brammall and Tim Minchin on set.

Stan scored three nominations for its original series No Activity in the Logie nominations yesterday — the first such nominations for an Svod service.

No Activity was nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series and both Tim Minchin and Dan Wyllie were nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor.

Stan Original's Wolf Creek series is currently being shopped by Banijay International (producer Screentime.s parent company) at Miptv in Cannes ahead of its May 12 launch on Stan.

.Stan has set out to be a pioneer of Australia.s evolving television landscape and these nominations are yet another landmark moment for Australian TV", Stan CEO Mike Sneesby said.

.We are committed to supporting the local production industry and producing the highest quality Australian television that will not only stand amongst the best at home, but also in international markets."

.We are incredibly proud to receive three Logie nominations for
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Stan more than doubles investment in local production

Stan has commissioned Jungle to produce a second season of comedy series No Activity as the streaming service doubles investment in local production in 2016..

No Activity Season 2 joins Stan.s original programming lineup for next year, alongside the highly anticipated Wolf Creek series.

No Activity, the first Australian production commissioned by an Svod service, premiered on Stan in October 2015..

The show starring, Patrick Brammall, Harriet Dyer, David Field, Dan Wyllie and Darren Gilshenan, .proved to be as popular with viewers as some of the world.s biggest TV shows, think Better Call Saul, which have also premiered exclusively on Stan.

According to a Stan spokesperson, No Activity has attracted interest from the Us and other territories around the world, with rights recently sold to New Zealand streaming service Lightbox.

The Stan Original series follows the peripheral players in a major police sting operation. The day-to-day realities of cops and criminals
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"Justified" Team Remakes Aussie Series "Code"

Fox has given a script commitment with significant penalty for a proposed remake of the Australian political thriller series "The Code" for FX.

"Justified" creator/executive producer Graham Yost, executive producer/director Michael Dinner and executive producer Fred Golan are teaming to serve in the same capacities on this project with Sony Pictures TV producing. Yost and Golan will adapt the story for the U.S. market while Dinner will direct the pilot.

The original followed multiple characters and their ties to a mysterious accident in which a stolen vehicle collides with a transport truck in the middle of the desert. The truth surrounding it is dangerous enough that people at the highest levels of political power will kill to keep it secret, but two brothers - a journalist and a hacker - are the key to learn the truth.

Lucy Lawless, David Wenham, Aden Young, Dan Spielman, Ashley Zukerman,
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ABC loads up on factual and comedies

Documentaries investigating Australia.s war in Afghanistan, the fight against the country.s ice epidemic and the state of the heath and school systems will screen on the ABC next year.

The comedy slate includes two series starring Utopia.s Luke McGregor and six pilots, with viewers voting to determine which pilot goes to a series.

The ABC also confirmed its flagship channel will be available to live-stream on iview from December and that it plans to broadcast all content in HD from next June.

ABC director of TV Richard Finlayson said at the upfronts launch: .As the national broadcaster we will continue our commitment to Australian content, delivering a high-quality, deep and diverse slate..

The factual slate includes Essential Media and Entertainment.s Afghanistan: Inside Australia.s War, which chronicles the raw experiences of Australia.s longest war, from private soldiers to prime ministers, written and directed by Victoria Pitt
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Foxtel reveals strong Australian 2016 lineup

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Foxtel has revealed its 2016 lineup of Australian series, which includes a raft of new commissions and programming across drama, lifestyle and factual..

Next year will see the return of Wentworth (SoHo), A Place to Call Home (SoHo), Australia.s Next Top Model (FOX8), The Real Housewives of Melbourne (Arena), The Recruit (FOX8), Crimes That Shook Australia (Ci Network), Coast (History), The Great Australian Bake Off (LifeStyle Food), Gogglebox Australia (The LifeStyle Channel), Selling Houses Australia (The LifeStyle Channel), Grand Designs Australia (The LifeStyle Channel) and River Cottage Australia (LifeStyle Food).

Foxtel also confirmed today a broad range of new programming to premiere in 2016 including two new Foxtel Original drama series.

The first is Secret City (showcase), a political thriller starring Anna Torv, Dan Wylie, Damon Herriman and two time Academy Award nominee Jacki Weaver..

The second is event series The Kettering Incident (showcase) featuring Elizabeth Debicki and Matt Le Nevez.
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Foxtel talks down streaming rivals

Foxtel is supremely confident subscribers won.t desert the full-service pay TV model in favour of the far cheaper streaming services.

CEO Richard Freudenstein predicts the vast majority of Australian homes will have either Foxtel or an Svod service and many homes will have both.

Dismissing the threat from Netflix, Stan and Presto amid analyst reports that 2.1 million homes are watching Svod platforms, he said, .Even if all those customers were paying, the total revenue for all Svod services would be only around $150 million per year. That doesn.t provide much for programming investment compared to Foxtel.s (or free to air) programming budgets..

Addressing an Australia Israeli Chamber of Commerce lunch, he said, .The best analogy for Svod services is they are the digital video store. People who used to supplement free to air viewing by renting the occasional DVD are now doing so by using an Svod service.
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