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Janet King starts production

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Janet King season 2 begins production this week with Marta Dusseldorp reprising her lead role.

In the second series, King is seconded from the Dpp to lead a Royal Commission into a deadly upsurge in gun crime..

King is joined by conscripting solicitors Richard Stirling (Hamish Michael) and Lina Badir (Andrea Demetriades), and the ambitious Owen Mitchell (Damian Walshe-Howling) as Counsel Assisting.

With coercive powers Detective Andy Campbell (Christopher Morris) can only dream of, King and her team peel back the complex layers of intrigue underpinning the illicit trade in weapons..

Completing the cast are Peter Kowitz, Leah Purcell, Terry Serio, Philip Quast, Anita Hegh, Aaron Jeffrey, Genevieve Hegney, Nicholas Hope and Ewen Leslie.

The series is produced by Screentime, a Banijay Group company, and series produced by Karl Zwicky, produced by Lisa Scott, with Hilary Bonney and Marta Dusseldorp as associate producers, and Greg Haddrick as executive producer..

It is written by Haddrick,
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Toronto Film Review: ‘The Little Death’

Toronto Film Review: ‘The Little Death’
Four couples and their various kinky proclivities prove less intriguing than you might expect in “The Little Death,” a more sitcomish than subversive writing-directing debut from Australian actor Josh Lawson. Tracing a series of loosely connected sexcapades unfolding in and around the same suburb, , apart from one magically inspired final episode that explores the fascinating possibilities of phone sex for the deaf. The well-cast effort opens Sept. 25 in Oz, following its international launch at Toronto, and despite the somewhat uncomfortable use of rape as a plot device, the film’s verbally and visually tame approach might help it find some limited action offshore.

As demonstrated by John Waters’ much more crudely assaultive sex comedy “A Dirty Shame” (2004), the possibility that your neighbors are harboring all manner of disturbing fetishes is not automatically grounds for nonstop hilarity. Still, Lawson is clearly aiming for a milder, more intimate and dialogue-driven brand of
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Awgies for The Rocket, Lore, Underbelly

Kim Mordaunt won the Australian Writers. Guild best original screenplay award for his debut film The Rocket and Cate Shortland and Robin Mukherjee got the feature film adaptation prize for Lore at the Awgie awards held in Melbourne on Friday night.

David Roach and Warwick Ross.s Red Obsession took the award for public broadcast documentary screenplay.

Underbelly again won best original mini -series and Robert Connolly.s Underground: The Julian Assange Story was named best telemovie adaptation.

The $25,000 Foxtel prize for a significant and impressive body of work in television went to Jacquelin Perske, whose screenwriting credits include The Secret Life of Us, Love My Way, Spirited and Little Fish.

The Good News Week writing team received a ninth Awgie for the final season of the series.

Playwright Alana Valentine picked up three awards including most outstanding script of 2013 and the inaugural David Williamson Prize.

Australian Writers. Guild president Jan Sardi said,
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Strong slate of nominees at this year's Awgie Awards

Tickets are selling fast for the 46th Annual Awgie Awards, to be held in Melbourne on October 4.

To be hosted by writer, comedian and singer Sammy J, the ceremony will honour the achievements made by Australian writers for performance. The Awgie Awards are the only Australian awards judged solely by writers on the basis of the script . the writer's intention . rather than the finished production.

"The Awgies are the highlight of the year for us and a unique chance to celebrate the oft-unsung but stellar work created by Australian writers of the script," says Awg.s President and Academy Award nominee Jan Sardi..

.It.s a night that really just celebrates the importance of story and storytelling. And that.s what sets us apart from other animals in the end, the ability to tell stories..

Sardi says the slate of nominated work is once again a strong one.

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The Rocket wins best debut feature film at Berlin Film Festival

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Australian film The Rocket has won the Best First Feature Award and Best Feature in the children's-focused Generation Kplus program at the Berlin International Film Festival.

The film, about a boy in Laos who builds a giant rocket to enter the Rocket Festival,.was up against entrants from several sections including Competition, Panorama, Forum, Generation and Perspektive Deutsches Kino. Director Kim Mordaunt and producer Sylvia Wilczynski shared the €50,000 prize ($64,851).

The film was also awarded the Crystal Bear for the Best Film in the Generation Kplus section (which is devoted to young people) and the Amnesty International Film Prize. (View The Rocket trailer here.)

Short film The Amber Amulet also picked up a Crystal Bear award in the Generation Kplus section for the Best Short Film while indigenous feature Satellite Boy received a Special Mention from both the Generation Kplus children.s and international juries.

"An exciting film, shot in magnificent
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Four Australian short films accepted to Berlin International Film Festival

Four Australian short films have been selected to the Berlin International Film Festival.

The films are: You Like it, I Love It by writer director James Vaughan, The Amber Amulet written by Matthew Moore and Genevieve Hegney, directed by Moore; Summer Suit by director/producer Rebecca Peniston-Bird and writer Francesca Sciacca and Yardbird directed by Michael Spiccia and written by Julius Avery. Yardbird was accepted into Cannes last year.

The announcement:

Australian short films will have a strong presence at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival, with four films selected to screen in the Generation program, a section devoted to children and young people.

The films selected will include the world premiere of The Amber Amulet in Generation Kplus, the story of a superhero, a beagle, an amulet made of amber, and the potential that is locked inside all of us. The film is directed by Matthew Moore and co-written
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