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Perry, Whoever Was Using This Bed and Young Labor headline St Kilda Film Fest

St Kilda Film Festival.

The St Kilda Film Festival has revealed its 2016 lineup with films including Perry, Whoever was Using This Bed and Young Labor leading the pack.

The Festival will kick off at the Palais Theatre with about 3,000 industry guests and film-lovers on the red carpet to sample a selection of the best shorts from the 2016 program..

For the second year, the St Kilda Town Hall will be transformed into a cinema to host Australia.s top 100 short films, music videos, archival footage, international programs, youth screenings and an extensive filmmaker development program.

Festival Director Paul Harris said he was delighted to announce a world-class line up of short films created by some of Australia.s most talented filmmakers..

Highlights from Australia.s Top 100 short film program include the world premiere of the Matt Day directed, Perry, starring Toby Schmitz, Ryan Johnson, Adrienne Pickering.

Perry tells the story of
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Geraldine Hakewill and David Field on surreal debut feature The Pretend One

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Star Geraldine Hakewill on set.

In 2010, filmmaker Tony Prescott studied directing at Aftrs, where "the education was based on making a feature, but we made short films"..

"I don't think I'm very good at making short films", Prescott told If.

In 2011 he started developing an idea for a feature that he developed over five years - and forty drafts - with fellow Aftrs student James Raue (whose own first film, Psychoanalysis, is currently touring festivals).

The Pretend One is about a young woman (Wanted's Geraldine Hakewill) and her imaginary friend (Michael Whalley).

Their relationship becomes complicated when a suitor comes to town and Whalley's character becomes jealous.

Talking to people about the kind of Australian film he wanted to make, Prescott "struggled to find a reference".

"One of the closest I could think of was Paperback Romance. [Generally] We don't do magic and we don't do romance".

One influence the
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Dop reveals The Pretend One shoot secrets

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The Pretend One shoot in rural Queensland

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Cinematographer, Robert Morton, has given an inside look into the making of new Australian feature film, The Pretend One.

The film, which is due for release in 2016, was shot on a cotton farm in rural Queensland with Sony Pxw-FS7 cameras.

It was directed and produced by Tony Prescott and stars Geraldine Hakewill, Michael Whalley, Benedict Wall and David Field.

Director of photographry, Morton, has worked on The Great Gatsby in the camera department; as cinematographer on documentaries How to Fall in Love With a Stranger, Legacy: A Ride to Congquer Motor NeuroneDisease and TV movie Clean and Jerk.

Morton said the shooting schedule was ambitious.

"Given the limited amount of shoot days for the production phase, we employed a two-camera setup for a lot of scenes," he said..

"This allowed us to get the coverage we needed quickly. Primarily, we wanted a camera
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Seven unveils Jessica Mauboy drama

Jessica Mauboy will star in a new Australian family drama series for the Seven Network, which also unveiled local versions of three entertainment formats including a dating show from the creators of Married at First Sight.

These were among the highlights of Seven.s 2016 slate announced today as director of network programming Angus Ross said, .We are launching more new Australian shows next year than ever before..

Screentime is producing The Secret Daughter, which will star Mauboy as a part-time country pub singer who discovers she may be the daughter of a tycoon who has just died.

That leads to a confrontation with the man.s son and sees her character torn between the worlds of the haves and have-nots.

Screen Australia is investing in the series, which was developed specifically for The Sapphires star and will go into production next year with Greg Haddrick and Bob Campbell as executive producers.
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Wanted shoot begins in Brisbane

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Rebecca Gibney will lead a strong Australian cast for upcoming drama series Wanted, which starts production in Brisbane this week.

Wanted is the story of two strangers who, after intervening in a deadly car-jacking, are swept up a chase across Australia.

Series co-creator and star, Rebecca Gibney will be joined Stephen Peacocke (Home and Away, Hercules), Ryan Corr (Holding The Man, Love Child, Packed To The Rafters), theatre, film and tv veteran Nicholas Bell (Miss Fisher.s Murder Mysteries, Tangle, Satisfaction, Newstopia) and theatre star Geraldine Hakewill in her first major television role.

Gibney said she was excited about the extraordinary team of people.

"To be filming in the beautiful state of Queensland is a dream come true," she said..

Seven director of network production, Brad Lyons, .said Gibney would play a role unlike any of her previous characters, combined with Steve Peacocke.s first major role back in Australia.
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Faux documentary imagines life as reality TV

Former Big Brother presenter Mike Goldman wrote, co-produced and stars in Shooting Goldman, a hoax feature-length documentary.

Filmed over four years and produced and directed by Tony Prescott, the film follows Goldman as he struggles to break out of the reality TV show shadow and pursues his ambition to become a film actor.

His delusion escalates till he isn.t sure what is and isn.t real anymore. He becomes increasingly unsure of himself and begins to think his family and friends are actors.

Mike.s father Grant, a radio veteran who hosts the breakfast show on Sydney.s 2Sm, appears in the film, leading to some emotional scenes.

Last week Australians in Film hosted a premiere in Los Angeles at the Paramount Studios attended by producers, agents, managers and talent. .It was a capacity screening and the reaction was phenomenal,. Goldman tells If.

Shooting Goldman has already screened at
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Bill Hunter bio in the works

Actor-director-writer David Field plans to pen a biography of his great mate Bill Hunter.

Field revealed his plans on Facebook, prompting numerous offers of help from colleagues and friends of the much-loved actor who died in 2011, aged 71.

Close buddies for more than 25 years, Hunter and Field often discussed co-writing a book but never got around to it.

.We were having too much fun,. Field tells If. He may use the title suggested by Hunter, which trades on one of the actor's favourite expressions, .Stand Where and Say What?.

Field first met Hunter, whose credits include Newsfront, Gallipoli, Strictly Ballroom, Muriel's Wedding, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert, Road to Nhill, Crackerjack, The Pacific and The Cup, at the Belvoir Theatre.

They worked together twice, in Laurie McInnes. 1993 black-and-white drama Broken Highway and in Alkinos Tsilimidos.s 2004 film Tom White, which starred Colin Friels as an architect whose life unravels after a nervous breakdown.
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Premieres galore at Sydney Film Festival

Neil Armfield.s Holding the Man, Simon Stone.s The Daughter, Jeremy Sims. Last Cab to Darwin and Jen Peedom.s feature doc Sherpa will have their world premieres at the Sydney Film Festival.

The festival program unveiled today includes 33 world premieres (including 22 shorts) and 135 Australian premieres (with 18 shorts) among 251 titles from 68 countries.

Among the other premieres will be Daina Reid.s The Secret River, Ruby Entertainment's. ABC-tv miniseries starring Oliver Jackson Cohen and Sarah Snook, and three Oz docs, Marc Eberle.s The Cambodian Space Project — Not Easy Rock .n. Roll, Steve Thomas. Freedom Stories and Lisa Nicol.s Wide Open Sky.

Festival director Nashen Moodley boasted. this year.s event will be far larger than 2014's when 183 films from 47 countries were screened, including 15 world premieres. The expansion is possible in part due to the addition of two new screening venues in Newtown and Liverpool.

As previously announced, Brendan Cowell
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AiF announces the 2013 finalists for Heath Ledger Scholarship

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Australians in Film President Andrew Warne has announced the fifteen finalists for the 2013 Heath Ledger Scholarship. The Scholarship is named after Oscar-winning Australian actor Heath Ledger, who tragically passed away in January 2008, and has the full support of the Ledger family and friends. Of the final fifteen, an esteemed panel will choose one winner and two runners-up, who will be announced in Los Angeles on June 12. The overall winner will received Usd$10,000 in cash, a return ticket to Los Angeles, a one-year Scholarship to Stella Adler Acting School in La, a trip around California for two a Showcast & Breakdown Services VIP casting package and $5000 worth of visa and immigration services. The runners up will round-trip ticket to Los Angeles plus a Showcast VIP casting package. The 2013 finalists are: Hannah Barlow, Elizabeth Blackmore (Home & Away), Laura Brent, David Coussins, Ashleigh Cummings (Puberty Blues), Georgia Flood (Wentworth & House Husbands), Geraldine Hakewill, Andrew Hazzard (Home & Away), Will Howarth,
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Aussie horror thriller Uninhabited: Review

Director: Bill Bennett. Review: Adam Wing. The Great Barrier Reef stretches for over 1600 miles off the Northeast coast of Australia; it’s the world’s largest coral reef and one of the seven natural wonders of the world. There are more than 600 islands in all, and Bill Bennett’s Uninhabited is set on one of them. A young couple go to a remote and deserted coral island for a camping holiday, only to find that a ghost seeking retribution for a past outrage has come back to haunt them. Beth (Geraldine Hakewill) and her dim-witted boyfriend Harry (Henry James) arrive on the ‘deserted’ island for a short break, and before you can say, “this is a clichéd horror movie isn’t it?” they discover they’re not alone, because it wouldn’t be much of a horror movie if they were. Strange occurrences threaten to disrupt their peaceful getaway -
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A Not Entirely Uninhabited Island Awakens Nightmares

Uninhabited is releasing in theatres during the month of May throughout Austalia and for North American fans there is a new poster for the film, with a synopsis here. The film is directed by Bill Bennett (In a Savage Land) and stars Geraldine Hakewill (first film), Bob Baines (U-Turn), Billy Milionis (Death's Requiem), and Henry James (first film). This mostly amateur cast will be pitted against
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Photo Gallery, First Word on Uninhabited

A new Australian horror picture has entered post-production called Uninhabited from writer-director Bill Bennett. Sounding slightly like a riff on Long Weekend , Geraldine Hakewill and Henry James star as a young couple who go to a remote and deserted coral island for a camping holiday, only to find that the island is inhabited by a ghost seeking retribution for a past outrage. A slew of behind-the-scenes stills can be found in this gallery . Bennett directed Sandra Bullock and Denis Leary in Two If By Sea in '96.
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First details on new Aussie horror Uninhabited

An Australian horror movie about a young couples holiday paradise that turns into a nightmare struggle for survival, yeah we might be interested. Actually truth be told we’ve been tracking news and Aussie writer/director Bill Bennett’s latest work Uninhabited for some time, and now the movie has hit post, we’ve finally started to turn up some things of interest. First to surface; some early promo poster art, stills from the movie, and on set pics. Uninhabited stars Geraldine Hakewill and Henry James and tells the story of a young couple whose deserted, coral island paradise getaway becomes a nightmare, when they discover that the island harbours something a long time dead, and it really doesn’t want them there. Uninhabited is due to screen at this years Cannes film festival, so it will hopefully pick up some international sales. Uninhabited pics
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First details on new Aussie horror Uninhabited

An Australian horror movie about a loving young couples holiday paradise that turns into a nightmare struggle for survival, yeah we might be interested. Actually truth be told we’ve been tracking news and Aussie writer/director Bill Bennett’s latest work Uninhabited for some time, and now the movie has finished post, we’ve finally started to turn up some things of interest. First to surface; some early promo poster art, stills from the movie, and a load of on set pics. Uninhabited stars Geraldine Hakewill and Henry James and tells the story of a young couple whose deserted, coral island paradise getaway becomes a living hell, when they discover that the island harbours something a long time dead, and it really doesn’t want them there. Uninhabited is due to screen at this years Cannes film festival, so fingers crossed it will pick up some international sales.
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