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The ABC’s ‘Diary of an Uber Driver’ marks a new chapter in Sam Cotton’s career

Sam Cotton in ‘Diary of an Uber Driver.’

When Sam Cotton landed the title role in the ABC/RevLover Films’ dramedy Diary of an Uber Driver, he approached the job with some trepidation.

It was his first lead after playing Bruce, the nemesis of Luke McGregor’s Daniel in the ABC’s Rosehaven, and son-in-law Wayne in Sbs’s The Family Law.

He plays Uber driver Ben, whose life had always been in cruise control until his newish girlfriend Beck (Zahra Newman) gets pregnant in the six-parter scripted by Tom Ward, based on Ben Phillips’ blog.

He got the gig after doing a self-tape when he lived in Brisbane (he is now based in Sydney), followed by a call back in Sydney a few weeks later.

“At the outset I was kind of terrified but the director Matt Moore did so much to make me comfortable,” he tells If. “He
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Thomas Ward enjoys the ride on the ABC’s ‘Diary of an Uber Driver’

Zahra Newman, Thomas Ward and Sam Cotton.

After Josh Thomas’ Please Like Me ended after four seasons on the ABC, his co-writer and co-star Thomas Ward realised there was something lacking in his career.

Having spent the best part of six years in that “bubble,” Ward worried that he did not know any other producers.

So he introduced himself to a number of producers including – fortuitously for him – RevLover Films’ Martha Coleman. She told him she had optioned Ben Phillips’ blog and e-book Diary of an Uber Driver.

After reading the blog he says: “I really liked the idea of doing a show that explores a community, the intimacy that comes with Uber rides and the fact that the protagonist was the same age as me and from a similar background.”

So he prepared a pitch outlining how he would turn the blog into a half hour series and work-shopped
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Sally Riley explains why the ABC is happy to take commissioning risks

‘Diary of an Uber Driver.’

Sally Riley is bemused when people use this line when they are pitching projects to her: “This is definitely an ABC show.”

The ABC’s head of scripted production, Riley usually replies: “What is that? What is an ABC show?”

Interviewed in her Ultimo office for a two-part story, she tells If: “If it’s a great show, we’ll do it. I don’t think it must fit in the parameters of what is supposed to be an ABC show.

“We want to not only hold our audiences but also bring in new and younger audiences and we have a broad slate to try to meet both. We will definitely take a calculated risk when we believe in a show.”

As an example of a program which she thinks most people would not expect to see on the public broadcaster, she points to Les Norton,
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Netflix Unveils Trailer For New Original Series Tidelands

How far would you go to fight for who you were meant to be?

Join Cal McTeer as she navigates a world filled with drugs, sex, and power…searching for who she is and what she’s meant to be.

Tidelands launches globally on Netflix December 14, 2018

Series Synopsis:

Tidelands follows Cal McTeer, played by Charlotte Best, a young woman who returns home to the small fishing village of Orphelin Bay after ten years in juvenile detention then jail.

However, Orphelin Bay is shrouded in mysteries.

When the body of a local fisherman washes ashore, the town’s clandestine relationship with drug smuggling is suddenly on public display. Cal must uncover the town’s well-hidden secrets, while investigating a commune of outcasts who live in a hidden pocket of the bay – a group of beautiful and dangerous half-Siren / half-human “Tidelanders.” Elsa Pataky (Fast and the Furious) stars as the mysterious and alluring Adrielle Cuthbert,
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RevLover’s ‘Diary of an Uber Driver’ gets into gear for the ABC

‘Diary of an Uber Driver’. (Photo credit: Tony Mott)

Ben Phillips’ blog and e-book ‘Diary of an Uber Driver’ has been turned into six-part drama series for the ABC, with production currently underway in Sydney.

Produced by RevLover Films with the support of all3media international and Create Nsw, Diary of an Uber Driver is written by Thomas Ward (Please Like Me) and follows Uber driver Ben as he tries to work out what he should be doing while helping others to get where they are going. Against the ticking clock of impending fatherhood Ben must decipher what being ‘relevant’ looks like in a relationship that seems to think he’s surplus to requirements.

Sam Cotton (Rosehaven) plays Ben, while Zahra Newman plays Beck, the mother of his unborn child. The series will also star John Bell, Caroline Brazier, Ed Oxenbould, Julian Maroun and Emily Barclay.

Matthew Moore (Offspring) is directing the series,
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Netflix releases first trailer and images for supernatural crime drama Tidelands

Netflix has released the first trailer and images for its Australian supernatural crime drama series Tidelands which stars Charlotte Best, Elsa Pataky, Aaron Jakubenko, Peter O’Brien, Marco Pigossi, Kiwi Mattias Inwood, Madeleine Madden, Caroline Brazier and Dalip Sondhi; take a look here…

Tidelands follows Cal McTeer (Charlotte Best), a young woman who returns home to the small fishing village of Orphelin Bay after ten years in juvenile detention. But her hometown is shrouded in mysteries, the greatest of which is the commune of outcasts who live in a hidden pocket of the bay: the Tidelanders.

Tidelands arrives on Netflix on December 14th.

The post Netflix releases first trailer and images for supernatural crime drama Tidelands appeared first on Flickering Myth.
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‘Tidelands’: Netflix Teases First Oz Original, Sets Release Date For Supernatural Series

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Netflix’s first Australian original, Tidelands, has been set for a December 14 global launch with the first teaser and images released by the streamer. The eight-part supernatural series is created by Secrets & Lies‘ Stephen M Irwin and hails from Oz production company Hoodlum Entertainment. Charlotte Best (Home & Away) and Elsa Pataky (Fast And The Furious franchise) star.

The story follows Cal McTeer (Best), a young woman who returns home to the small fishing village of Orphelin Bay after 10 years in juvenile detention and jail. When the body of a local fisherman washes ashore, Orphelin Bay’s clandestine relationship with drug smuggling is suddenly on public display. Cal must uncover the town’s well-hidden secrets, while investigating a commune of outcasts who live in a hidden pocket of the bay — a group of beautiful and dangerous half-Siren/half-human Tidelanders. Pataky plays the mysterious and alluring Adrielle Cuthbert, the leader of the
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Rake series four to premiere on May 19

Richard Roxburgh in Rake.

Rake Season 4 will hit Australian screens on May 19 with guest appearances from Miriam Margolyes, John Waters, Rhys Muldoon and Rachel Blake.

Co-creator and producer Richard Roxburgh is back as Cleaver Greene, last seen dangling from a balloon drifting across the Sydney skyline..

This time, Cleaver crashes into the world of a one-time mentor and now powerful criminal on the run, Edgar Thompson (Waters)..

Against the backdrop of a city that.s taken a turn to the dystopian, Cleaver frantically tries to stay alive — from seeking refuge in a country town congregation, to representing the very man who.s trying to have him killed.

Season 4 of Rake continues to cast Cleaver.s wit on politics, the legal system, and our wider fears and obsessions..

His long-suffering friends, relatives, and pugnacious foes also return in the form of Matt Day, Danielle Cormack, Russell Dykstra, Caroline Brazier, Adrienne Pickering,
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Rake 4 kicks off production in Sydney

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Rake Series 4 has started production in Sydney with Miriam Margolyes, John Waters and Rachael Blake joining the cast.

Co-creator and producer Richard Roxburgh is back as Cleaver Greene, who was seen dangling from a balloon drifting across the Sydney skyline..

This time, Cleaver crashes into the world of a one-time mentor and now powerful criminal on the run, Edgar Thompson (Waters)..

Against the backdrop of a city that.s taken a turn to the dystopian, Cleaver frantically tries to stay alive . from seeking refuge in a country town congregation, to representing the very man who.s trying to have him killed.

Season 4 of Rake continues to cast Cleaver.s rapier wit on politics, the legal system, and our wider fears and obsessions..

His long-suffering friends, relatives, and pugnacious foes also return in the form of Matt Day, Danielle Cormack, Russell Dykstra, Caroline Brazier, Adrienne Pickering, Keegan Joyce, Kate Box, and Damien Garvey.
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Oz deal for Us Rake remake

The Us version of Rake, which stars Greg Kinnear as brilliant, womanising and self-destructive criminal lawyer Keegan Deane, will screen on the rebranded Universal Channel on Foxtel.

Due to a holdback agreement with the ABC, the Us show cannot screen in Oz until after the third series of the Australian Rake airs on the public broadcaster. The remake premieres on Fox at 10 pm on Sunday January 19 with a strong lead-in, the Nfc Championship Game, and will then screen on Thursday nights at 9.

Peter Duncan, who co-created the original series with Richard Roxburgh and Charles Waterstreet, tells If the holdback agreement is not an issue, noting, .The ABC has been pretty generous. The Us series won.t finish screening until April. I am not sure when the new series will go to air in Australia but I believe it.s late February, so it.s not going to be a massive imposition.
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Oz deal nears for the Us Rake

An Australian broadcaster is poised to acquire the Us version of Rake, which stars Greg Kinnear as brilliant, womanising and self-destructive criminal lawyer Keegan Deane.

Due to a holdback agreement with the ABC, the Us show cannot screen in Oz until after the third series of the Australian Rake airs on the public broadcaster. The remake premieres on Fox at 10 pm on Sunday January 19 with a strong lead-in, the Nfc Championship Game, and will then screen on Thursday nights at 9.

.There is an Australian deal in the offing,. Peter Duncan, who co-created the original series with Richard Roxburgh, tells If on the line from Los Angeles, where he is co-executive producing Fox.s version with Peter Tolan.

Duncan would not be drawn on the likely Australian buyer but he acknowledged the Us networks. hour-long format - each episode runs 42 ½ minutes, whereas the Australian eps are 57 minutes- is hard for the
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An Accidental Soldier set to travel

ABC telemovie An Accidental Soldier looks set to be sold to multiple territories after London-based Dcd Rights acquired the international distribution rights.

Dcd Rights will introduce the film to international buyers at the Mipcom market in Cannes which runs October 7-10. The firm has an impressive track record in selling Australian dramas and comedies including Rake, The Slap, Mr & Mrs Murder, The Straits, The Strange Calls and A Moody Christmas.

Directed by Rachel Ward and produced by Goalpost Pictures and Taylor Media, An Accidental Soldier starred Dan Spielman, Marie Brunel, Bryan Brown and Julia Zemiro.

Set during WW1 and scripted by Blake Ayshford and based on the book Silent Parts by John Charalambous, it.s the tale of a romance between a young Australian baker who deserted the front line and a grieving French woman who risks her life by sheltering him from the authorities.

Meanwhile, the third season of
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Rake, starring Richard Roxburgh, begins production in April

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Series two of Australian drama Rake begins shooting in Sydney in April.

The series, which first aired on ABC1 in 2010, stars Richard Roxburgh (Moulin Rouge, Blue Murder) as self-destructive criminal defence barrister Cleaver Greene.

Producer/director Peter Duncan said it was great to be back in production. "Once again we have an opportunity to channel our various depravities into Cleaver . rather than exercise them ourselves. This is a considerable relief for our friends and loved ones,. he said in a statement.

Indeed it is, as Cleaver.s debaucherous private life continues in series two. The series will see Cleaver engaged in a passionate affair with a dangerous liaison, stories of suicide bombers and psychotic schoolgirls, as well as a .pedantic chameleon. and an alleged .serial bobbitter..

The new series will see several actors returning including Matt Day (Tangle) as David Potter; Russell Dykstra (Romulus, My Father) as Barney, Cleaver.s
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Equity Awards celebrate Rake and The Librarians

The inaugural Equity Awards will tonight celebrate achievements in ensemble perfomances for both drama and comedy.

In a ceremony at Sydney’s Ivy Penthouse, the Equity Awards are the only acting awards voted on by their performing peers, members of the Actors Equity.

The cast of Rake won the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Cast in Drama Series, while The Librarians won for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Cast in a comedy series.

Rake cast members to receive the award are: Richard Roxburgh, Kate Box, Caroline Brazier, Richard Carter, Danielle Cormack, Matt Day, Russell Dykstra, Keegan Joyce, Steve Le Marquand, Geoff Morrell and Adrienne Pickering.

Rake was nominated alongside Bed of Roses, Offspring, Packed to the Rafters and Underbelly: The Golden Mile.

Librarians cast members to receive the award are: Heidi Arena, Stephen Ballantyne, Keith Brockett, Robyn Butler, Victoria Eagger, Bob Franklin, Justin Hamilton, Roz Hammond, Fiona Harris, Wayne Hope,
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