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HBO wanted to shift the TV version of 'My Brilliant Friend' from Naples to Brooklyn

Sarah Doole, FremantleMedia director of global drama, reveals details of the TV version of Elena Ferrante’s bestselling novel.

HBO suggested transplanting the TV version of Elena Ferrante’s Naples-set novel My Brilliant Friend to Brooklyn, according to FreemantleMedia director of global drama Sarah Doole.

HBO is co-producing the eight-part series with FreemantleMedia and Rai.

Doole, speaking at the 8th annual Incontri Conference (March 22-24) in South Tyrol, Italy, said: “HBO wanted to change the setting and move the story to Brooklyn. We really had to stand by our point to obtain maximum fidelity to the books.”

Despite this, negotiations
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Foreign Drama Enters ‘Brilliant’ Era as Global Giants Embrace Local Stories

“The volume, quality and global reach of drama [now] is unequalled in the history of television,” Lorenzo Di Maio, an agent at Endeavor Content, said Tuesday at a panel on TV drama financing at Canneseries, a festival in Cannes dedicated to drama series. Di Maio’s company is handling international sales on Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s “Killing Eve,” which plays in the festival’s competition.

The growing quality of high-end series is drawing in top actors and that is pushing up budgets, the panelists said. Eleonara Andreatta, director at Italy’s Rai Fiction, which has “Il Cacciatore” (The Hunter) in the festival’s competition,
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Miptv 2018: The Evolution of Foreign Language Series

When the U.K.’s Channel 4 aired French series “Les Revenants” in primetime in 2013 it was a watershed moment; a non-English language series playing in the primetime schedule of one of the U.K.’s big free-tv broadcasters. A horde of Scandi invaders also made their way onto international TV screens, as Sarah Lund’s knitwear in Dr’s “The Killing” became watercooler chat for the drama cognoscenti.

English-language markets that had shunned “foreign” production had opened to “international” drama. Starz has now bought a Norwegian drama and HBO will run an Italian-language series. The success of the latter
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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Natalie Mendoza

Natalie Mendoza is a well-known actress and model. She was born in Hong Kong on August 12, 1978, but was raised in Sydney, Australia. She began her career on the stage performing in many musicals, such as ‘Miss Saigon’ and ‘Cats the Musical’. She first appeared on television in 1998 in an episode of ‘Wildside’ and her first movie role was as Tran in the 2000 movie ‘Muggers’. She is now best-known for playing Jackie Clunes in the British television drama series ‘Hotel Babylon’ and also for playing Juno in the horror thrillers ‘The Descent’ and ‘The Descent 2’. Here

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Natalie Mendoza
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HBO Announces TV Adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s “My Brilliant Friend”

Credit: Europa Editions’ Instagram account

The TV adaption of Elena Ferrante’s novel “My Brilliant Friend” — book one of her Neapolitan series — has found a home. HBO, in partnership with Italy’s national public broadcasting company, Rai, announced that the eight-episode series will begin production in Italy this summer.

According to a press release from HBO, Saverio Costanzo (“Hungry Hearts”) will helm all episodes of “My Brilliant Friend.” Ferrante, who writes under a pseudonym, will pen the adaptation alongside Costanzo, Laura Paolucci, and Francesco Piccolo. Wildside’s Lorenzo Mieli and Mario Gianani are producing, as is Fandango’s Domenico Procacci. Jennifer Schuur serves as executive producer for Wildside and Fandango.

Ferrante’s Neapolitan series was published in the U.S. by Europa Editions. Published in the U.S. by Europa Editions, Ferrante’s Neapolitan series follow the complicated, longtime friendship between Elena and Lila, from Elena’s point of view. The synopsis of “My Brilliant Friend” reads: “When the most important friend in her life seems to have disappeared without a trace, Elena Greco, a now-elderly woman immersed in a house full of books, turns on her computer and starts writing the story of their friendship. She met Raffaella Cerullo, whom she has always called Lila, in the first year of primary school in 1950. Set in a dangerous and fascinating Naples, their story thus begins and goes on to cover over 60 years of their lives, trying to describe the mystery of Lila, Elena’s brilliant friend and — in a way — her best friend, her worst enemy.”

No word yet on who will star as Elena and Lila.

“We are thrilled to partner with Wildside, Rai, and Fandango to bring the powerful, epic storytelling of Elena Ferrante and her Neapolitan Novels to life,” president of HBO Programming Casey Bloys said in a statement. “Through her characters, Elena and Lila, we will witness a lifelong friendship set against the seductive social web of Naples, Italy. An exploration of the complicated intensity of female friendship, these ambitious stories will no doubt resonate with the HBO audience.”

Adds Lorenzo Mieli, CEO, Wildside, “Producing a series based on the incredible work of Elena Ferrante is an exciting challenge. Through the eyes and lives of two extraordinary friends, her quadrilogy describes 50 years of Italian history, touching on universal themes and feelings. We and Fandango are particularly proud of having brought together two partners like HBO and Rai for a series with a strong Italian identity, but aimed at a global audience.”

The adaptation of “My Brilliant Friend” is just the latest of HBO’s women-centric programming. “Big Little Lies,” a limited-series adaption of Liane Moriarty’s 2014 bestseller, has been garnering critical acclaim, especially for Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon. The final episode of the murder mystery airs April 2. The TV movie “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” will broadcast April 22. Based on Rebecca Skloot’s nonfiction book of the same name and starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne (“Spy”), it tells the true story of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American tobacco farmer whose cells were used — without her knowledge — to create the first immortal human cell line.

Animals,” another Europa Editions publication, will also be adapted for the screen. Australian director Sophie Hyde will helm a film adaptation of Emma Jane Unsworth’s cult favorite, which centers on a co-dependent, toxic relationship between two adult women. Unsworth wrote the script, and Sarah Brocklehurst (“Black Pond”) is producing. Holliday Grainger (“The Riot Club,” “Cinderella”) will star.

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Awgie wins for The Water Diviner

Andrew Anastasios and Andrew Knight.s The Water Diviner won the top prize and the gong for best original feature at the 2015 Awgie Awards.

It was the first time a feature collected the Australian Writers' Guild's Major Award and the gong for original feature since 2012 when Tony Briggs and Keith Thompson won with The Sapphires.

The prize for feature film adaptation was shared by Brendan Cowell for Scarlett Productions'. Ruben Guthrie and Tommy Murphy for Matchbox Pictures' Holding the Man.

Matchbox and Full Clip.s Deadline Gallipoli was named best original TV miniseries, acknowledging the work of writers Jacquelin Perske (also script producer), Stuart Beattie, Shaun Grant and Cate Shortland.

FremantleMedia.s Wentworth Season 3, Episode 3 The Governor.s Pleasure by Stuart Page shared the TV series award with Endemol Australia.s Offspring Episode 511 by Michael Lucas. Jan Sardi and Mac Gudgeon took the award for best miniseries adaptation for
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Writer blasts sexism in casting

One of Australia.s most experienced screenwriters has criticised sexism in casting which she says discriminates against women who aren.t deemed attractive and those from ethnic backgrounds.

Kristen Dunphy says this bias in casting often works against the stereotypes which writers are striving to avoid.

A screenwriter for 20 years, her extensive credits include Essential Media and Entertainment.s upcoming Sbs drama The Principal, Blackfella Films and Werner Film Productions. ABC3 indigenous teen drama Ready for This, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, The Straits, East West 101, Wildside, Heartbreak High and G.P.

.Talented actresses who are overweight, unattractive, unusual looking or just plain ordinary are still rarely cast, unless the show.s a comedy,. she writes in the latest edition of Aftrs. Lumina, which is dedicated to gender equality in the screen industry.

.It seems there is no such thing as a vital female who is not also young, thin and beautiful.
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Cast comes out of Hiding

James Stewart, Kate Jenkinson, Lincoln Younes and Olivia DeJonge will play a family that.s forced to enter a witness protection program in Hiding, an eight-part drama for the ABC.

Created and written by Matt Ford, the Playmaker Media series starts shooting in Sydney on Monday and will later location on the Gold Coast.

Hiding was developed through Screen Australia.s Scribe showrunner development initiative and is backed by Screen Australia, Screen Nsw and Screen Queensland.

Playmaker Media.s David Taylor told If the Scribe program has been so successful, helping to spawn House Husbands (Drew Proffitt), The Code (Shelly Birse) and Love Child (Sarah Lambert), the company will continue to run Scribe sessions, with another to be held later this year.

While the premise of a family forced to move to a strange city is similar to the Us series The Riches, Taylor said Ford got the idea from
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Film industry talent announced as Cockatoo Island Film Fest jury

Cinematographer Don McAlpine, documentary director Jennifer Peedom, producer Helen Bowden and actor/director Damian Walshe-Howling are among the members of the jury announced for the Cockatoo Island Film Festival.

The announcement:

A number of Australia’s award-winning movie heavyweights have been confirmed for the three juries of the Cockatoo Island International Film Festival starting next week.

The juries will be for the Dramatic Feature competition, Documentary section and for Short Films.

The Golden Feather Awards, in six categories, will be presented at a major red carpet event on the island on Saturday night, 27 October. The Festival opens with acclaimed Us film The Master, on Wednesday 24 October.

Veteran cinematographer, Don McAlpine (Predator, Wolverine, Moulin Rouge) will chair the feature jury, award winning documentary film-maker Jennifer Peedom (Miracle on Everest and Solo) the documentary section and actor/director/producer Jeremy Hartley Sims will head the Shorts jury.

Other members of the juries
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Cameras roll on ABC and HBO collaboration Serangoon Road

The ABC and HBO Asia have collaborated on a new series Serangoon Road to feature a string of Australian actors Don Hany, Maeve Dermody, Rachael Blake and Michael Dorman.

The series is created by Paul Barron and his Peter Andrikidis and Tony Tilse will direct the 10×1 hour series produced by Great Western Entertainment and Singapore’s Infinite Studios.

As well as the ABC and HBO Asia, ScreenWest and international distributors Conten Media Corporation are finance partners.

Cameras have begun to roll in Singapore.

The announcement:

In a major collaboration between ABC TV and HBO Asia the cameras are currently rolling in Singapore on Serangoon Road, an Australia/Singapore prime-time drama co-production.

The co-production companies participating in this 10 x 1hr series are Perth’s Great Western Entertainment and Singapore’s Infinite Studios. The financing partners include ScreenWest, ABC TV and ABC Commercial, HBO Asia and international distributors Content Media Corporation.

Serangoon
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La-based Australian showrunner returns for showrunner intiative

Hollywood-based, Australian writer and executive producer of the NCIS franchise Shane Brennan will return to Australia to continue his involvement in Playmakers’ Scribe Showrunner Initiative.

The announcement:

Australian screenwriter and producer Shane Brennan is back in Australia to continue his involvement in Playmakers’ Scribe Showrunner Initiative for 2012.

Scribe was launched in 2011 with the support of Screen Australia’s Enterprise Program.

Inaugural participants Matt Ford (Panic at Rock Island, Slide) and Shelly Birse (Lockie Leonard, Wildside) are both currently in broadcaster funded development on their own Scribe projects.

Another Scribe success story is the newly announced Nine Network series, House Husbands, co-created by Drew Proffitt and Ellie Beaumont.

House Husbands is a 10 part drama series about four Australian families with one thing in common: the men are in charge of raising the kids.

Filming commenced in Melbourne this week.

In the next few weeks, Shane Brennan will mentor three of the
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ABC telemovie Dangerous Remedy begins production

Production begins on ABC telemovie Dangerous Remedy in Melbourne this week.

Produced by Ned Lander for Eclipse Films, producer of Radiance and Who Do You Think You Are?, Dangerous Remedy is directed by Ken Cameron, who helmed Underbelly, Wildside and Brides of Christ and written by Kris Wyld, who wrote East West 101 and Wildside.

A true story based on events beginning in 1969, Dangerous Remedy is the story of a doctor, Bert Wainer, who uncovers an illegal abortion racket protected by corrupt homicide detectives and organised by the medical establishment.

The cast is led by Jeremy Sims, with Willam McInnes, Susie Porter, Maeve Dermody and Mark Leonard Winter as well as Gary Sweet and Caroline Craig. The project is executive produced by Andrew Myer.

Lander said: “This is a story of the remarkable Dr Bertram Wainer – a passionate and flawed man whose campaign challenged and changed our society.”

Carole Sklan,
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Filming begins on ABC1 telemovie Dangerous Remedy

FIlming has begun on a new ABC1 telemovie about Dr Bert Wainer and two extraordinary women who exposed the deadly impact that Melbourne's anti-abortion laws had in the 1960s.

Dangerous Remedy is currently shooting in Melbourne and stars Jeremy Sims (Corridors of Power, Fireflies, Underbelly Files), William McInnes (Curtin, East West 101, Look Both Ways), Susie Porter (East West 101, Sisters of War, East of Everything), Maeve Dermody (Paper Giants, Miss Fisher.s Murder Mysteries, Beautiful Kate), Mark Leonard Winter (Balibo, Van Dieman.s Land, Blame), as well as Gary Sweet and Caroline Craig.

The political-thriller is set in 1969 and follows Bert Wainer, a local Gp, who embarks on a campaign for law reform after the death of a young woman. He discovers an illegal abortion ring protected by corrupt homicide detectives, allowing the medical establishment, media and politicians to ignore the impact of anti-abortion laws.

ABC TV head of fiction,
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Brendan Cowell and Ella Scott Lynch in the raw

Brendan Cowell (Love My Way, Beneath Hill 60), Ella Scott Lynch (Crownies) and Toby Schmitz (Griff the Invisible, Lbf) will headline a cast for Cockatoo Island’s In The Raw screenplay presentation of psychological thriller Metamorphosis.

The In The Raw presentations help give filmmakers a better understanding on how the film will read while an industry panel give feedback.

Allanah Zitserman, creative director of Cockatoo Island Film Festival, said “Metamorphosis is a new psychological thriller and that the script reading will present a unique opportunity for audiences and the industry panel (including established film directors Samantha Lang and Elissa Down) to provide valuable feedback regarding its development.”

The film is written by Kris Wyld (East West 101, White Collar Blue, Wildside) and will be produced by David Elfick (Rabbit Proof Fence, Newsfront).

The event is Monday 26 September at 6pm at Aftrs Theatre, 130 Bent St, The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park.

Admission
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The Straits begins shooting today

ABC1′s new 10 hour drama, The Straits, produced by Matchbox Films’ Penny Chapman and Helen Panckhurst begins shooting today. Scottish actor Brian Cox (The Bourne Supremacy, Troy, Braveheart) joins the troupe of Australian actors assembling in Cairns and Torres Strait Islands.

The Montebello family are Far North Queensland’s Corleones, running drugs into Australia and guns and exotic animals out with ambitious bikies in Australia and Papau New Guinean raskols across the Strait also wanting a piece of the action. Cox plays Patriach Harry Montebello, with actress Rena Owen playing his part Torres Strait Island, part Maori wife, Kitty.

Joining Cox and Owen in the cast will be AFI Nominated Aaron Fa’aoso (East West 101, Ran), Logie winner Firass Dirani (Underbelly, Pitch Black) as well as new Australian talent; Jimi Bani (Ran, The Sapphires) and Suzannah Bayes-Morton (All Saints, The Tumbler), who together play the Montebello’s children.

In a statement,
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Australia’s Power 50

It’s been four years since Encore published its Top 20 Directors and Producers list, and we felt it was time to compile a new, more comprehensive list that included professionals working across all areas – film, television and Tvc production – as well as the leaders and decision-makers that determine the direction of the industry.

Instead of having a limited list of panellists, we consulted with the main agencies and organisations, and also asked our readers to nominate their candidates. We ended up with a list of more than 200 screen industry professionals, and deciding the final 50 was indeed a difficult task. Of course, some other very influential and successful people didn’t make the final cut, but there were only 50 spots and too many talented men and women!

We hope you’ll enjoy – or not, and if so, debate it passionately – the selection of what will become our annual Power 50 list.

1. Christopher Mapp
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