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Anthony Lapaglia Joins Australian Crime Drama ‘Halifax: Retribution’

  • Variety
Anthony Lapaglia Joins Australian Crime Drama ‘Halifax: Retribution’
Anthony Lapaglia and Jessica Marais will star alongside Rebecca Gibney in Australian drama series “Halifax: Retribution.”

The crime thriller follows forensic psychiatrist Jane Halifax and was on Australian free-tv network Nine in the 1990s and early 2000s. It has resurrected the Melbourne-set show, with production getting underway this month, on location.

Other cast for the new miniseries include Jacqueline McKenzie (“Romper Stomper”), Rick Donald (“Wentworth”), Hannah Monson (“Glitch”), Craig Hall (“The Doctor Blake Mysteries”), Mavournee Hazel (“Neighbours”), and Louisa Mignone (“Rake”).

After years on the police frontline, Halifax has carved out a new career as a university professor in the new series. She has to return to the field when a serial sniper starts terrorizing Melbourne, and Halifax finds herself in his sights.

“’Halifax’ has a rich and revered heritage and I am very much looking forward to working opposite the legend that is Rebecca Gibney in this latest iteration,
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Rebecca Gibney Reprieves Role in ‘Halifax’ Iconic Australian Mini-Series

  • Variety
Rebecca Gibney Reprieves Role in ‘Halifax’ Iconic Australian Mini-Series
Rebecca Gibney, Anthony Lapaglia and Jessica Marais head the cast of crime thriller mini-series “Halifax: Retribution.” The show is the revival of an iconic Australian series that ran on the Nine Network for six seasons from 1994 to 2002, starring Gibney.

In the new show, produced for Nine, Gibney’s forensic psychiatrist character is called back from academia to the police front line when a serial sniper begins attacking Melbourne.

Original creator and writer Roger Simpson returns as writer and producer, alongside executive producer Mikael Borglund and writers Mac Gudgeon (“Killing Time”), Peter Gawler (“Underbelly”) and the Oscar-nominated Jan Sardi (“Shine”).

Production starts next month in Melbourne with Jacqueline McKenzie, Rick Donald, Hannah Monson (“Glitch”), Craig Hall, Mavournee Hazel and Louisa Mignone among the supporting cast.

“Halifax: Retribution” is a Beyond Lonehand Production with major production investment from Screen Australia, in association with Film Victoria. Beyond Distribution is handling international sales of
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Anthony Lapaglia and Jessica Marais board Nine’s ‘Halifax’ reboot

Anthony Lapaglia, Jessica Marais.

Anthony Lapaglia and Jessica Marais will co-star with Rebecca Gibney in the Nine Network’s crime thriller miniseries Halifax: Retribution, which will start shooting in Melbourne later this month.

Jacqueline McKenzie, Rick Donald, Hannah Monson, Craig Hall, Mavournee Hazel and Louisa Mignone round out the cast of the Halifax reboot produced by Beyond Lonehand.

Original creator and writer Roger Simpson returns as writer and producer alongside executive producer Mikael Borglund and writers Mac Gudgeon, Peter Gawler and Oscar-nominated Jan Sardi.

Gudgeon and Sardi both worked with Simpson on Halifax f.p., which ran for seven seasons on Nine and ended in 2002. Rebecca Gibney reprises her role as forensic psychiatrist Jane Halifax, who has carved out a new career as a university professor.

When a serial sniper starts terrorising Melbourne, she is lured back into the field to help the police task force find the killer. As
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‘Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries’ wins ratings

Geraldine Hakewill as Peregrine Fisher.

The first of four Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries telemovies won its timeslot on the Seven Network last night.

Produced by Beth Frey for Every Cloud Productions, the show was No. 1 across its two hours, although the first hour trailed Network 10’s Gogglebox and the ABC’s Escape from the City.

Seven claimed victory because the viewing figures averaged across the two hours exceeded those on 10 and the ABC.

Created by Fiona Eagger and Deb Cox and directed by Fiona Banks, the 1964-set drama-comedy introduced Geraldine Hakewill as Peregrine Fisher, who takes on the mantle of lady private detective from Phryne Fisher, the aunt she never knew.

Teaming up with a club of feisty women known as The Adventuresses, she went undercover at a department store to solve the murder of a Barbie Jones, a glamorous model who is found perched on a
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‘Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries’ celebrates female friendships

Joel Jackson and Geraldine Hakewill.

Director Fiona Banks is tired of watching shows which depict women as victims, back-stabbers or characters who are pitted against each other.

So she was thrilled when she was offered Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries, Every Cloud Productions’ spin off of the ABC series which starred Essie Davis as Phryne Fisher.

“The thing that drew me to the show from the word go is the genuine friendships between the women,” says Banks, who served as the set-up director for the first time in her illustrious career.

“These women support and encourage each other. These are good strong relationships. They are not always in agreement with each other and there is lot of humour and strength of character.”

Created by Fiona Eagger and Deb Cox and produced by Beth Frey, the four telemovies are set in 1964 and follow Geraldine Hakewill as Peregrine Fisher, who takes
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Andrea Demetriades on turning her hand to directing

Andrea Demetriades and Louisa Mignone in Latte e Miele, which they both also directed.

Latte e Miele (Milk and Honey), Andrea Demetriades.s first outing as a director, is currently screening as part of the Greek Film Festival.

Demetriades directed the short along with her .partner in crime., fellow actress Louisa Mignone, and both star as the leads.

Set in the early 1950s, Latte e Miele is the story of two sisters who.ve left war-torn Italy on the promise of a better life in rural Australia.

On arrival they meet their husbands, whom they.ve married by proxy, for the first time. However, neither the men nor the country turn out quite like the. women expect.

.It.s a comedy,. Demetriades told If. .But I feel as if comedy can sometimes amplify the tragedy of the situation and really force people to listen..

Mignone wrote the screenplay, but she
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‘Infini’ Review

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Stars: Daniel MacPherson, Grace Huang, Luke Hemsworth, Bren Foster, Luke Ford, Dwaine Stevenson, Louisa Mignone, Tess Haubrich, Harry Pavlidis | Written by Shane Abbess, Brian Cachia | Directed by Shane Abbess

Sometimes all it takes to hook me into a movie is a solid premise. Other times it’s strong world building. And occasionally it’s the misguided belief that Jonny Lee Miller is in said movie.

Jonny Lee Miller is not in Infini, but five minutes into my screening I believed he was, due to a painted poster of the cast featuring a main character who bears a vague resemblance to him. When the real lead was revealed, a wave of disappointment hit me; not only had I missold the film to myself, but I had done the same to the friend sitting next to me.

None of this is the movie’s fault, but unfortunately Infini never recovered from that initial disappointment.
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Observance (2015) Teaser Trailer & Poster: Australian Horror from Fantastia Fest 2015

  • Film-Book
Observance Trailer and Poster Have Been Released. Joseph Sims-Dennett‘s Observance (2015) movie trailer and poster have been released. Observance‘s movie trailer stars Lindsay Farris, Stephanie King, Brendan Cowell, and John Jarratt. Observance‘s plot synopsis: “In the grip of grief following the death of his young son, his marriage on the rocks and nearing bankruptcy, Parker reluctantly returns to work as a private investigator. Embarking on an unusual assignment to observe a woman from an abandoned apartment, Parker witnesses bizarre happenings surrounding her, unaware that the derelict building that he surveys her from has birthed a dark presence which slowly threatens to consume him.”

The Fantasia Film Festival is about to kick off. There are only a few weeks left, and we’re already getting trailers for some of the more anticipated films on the schedule. One of those is Observance, an Australian horror indie that has a very distinct colour palette and tone,
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Can Luke Hemsworth and Daniel MacPherson survive alien plague in Infini trailer?

Can Luke Hemsworth and Daniel MacPherson survive alien plague in Infini trailer?
Luke Hemsworth (The Anomaly ) and Daniel MacPherson (The Shannara Chronicles) are in for the fight of their lives in the new trailer for Infini.

The futuristic science fiction thriller casts Hemsworth, Bren Foster and Grace Huang as soldiers sent on a mission to an off-world mining-facility, seeking the mysterious Whit Carmichael (MacPherson).

The soldiers soon find that a deadly alien virus is a far greater threat than Carmichael, who seems to have an aversion to the disease.

The Australian movie comes from Gabriel filmmaker Shane Abbess.

Also starring in Infini are Luke Ford (The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor ), Louisa Mignone (Wish You Were Here) and Paul Winchester (Home and Away).

Infini opens on May 8 in the Us. A UK release date has not yet been set.
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Shane Abbess tackles Infini

Infini, a futuristic sci-fi thriller from director Shane Abbess, starts shooting in Sydney on Monday.

Scripted by Abbess and Brian Cachia, the privately financed film focuses on a search and rescue team sent into deep space to retrieve a stranded soldier.

The ensemble cast includes Daniel MacPherson, Grace Huang, Luke Hemsworth, Kevin Copeland, Dwaine Stevenson, Harry Pavlidis, Louisa Mignone, Tess Haubrich, Bren Foster and Luke Ford.

It.s the first project from Storm Vision Entertainment, a joint venture between production companies Storm Alley Entertainment (Shane Abbess and Sidonie Abbene) and Eclectik Vision (Brett Thornquest).

The Storm Vision partners plans to collaborate on a number of genre projects of varying budget sizes for 2014 and beyond. Matthew Graham is the lead producer on Infini, which is Abbess. follow-up to Gabriel, a fantasy-action-horror film about an archangel who fights to bring light back to purgatory and save the souls of the city's inhabitants.
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