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Production kicks off on Goalpost’s ‘Fighting Season’

(l-r): Jay Ryan, Ewen Leslie (seated), George Pullar, Paul De Gelder, Marco Alosio and Julian Maroun (seated). (Photo: Mark Rogers).

Shooting begins this week in Sydney on Fighting Season, a new Foxtel drama that follows Australian soldiers returning from Afghanistan..

The six-part series looks at a possible cover-up where the "lines between killer and family man, between hero and victim, between truth and imagination, are constantly shifting."

Producer Kylie du Fresne said the series is based on extensive research and interviews with former soldiers about their time in Afghanistan and the realities of coming home and reintegrating into society..

A Goalpost Pictures production, the show will be helmed by director Kate Woods (Looking for Alibrandi), who returns to Australia after a decade working in the Us on programs like Law and Order Svu and Suits. Wasted on the Young.s Ben Lucas will also direct..

The cast is led
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Match the house to the classic Australian movie – quiz

Think of yourself of as a film buff? How many of these abodes do you recognise?

Girl Asleep

Goldstone

The Turning

The Babadook

Wolf Creek 2

Reckless Kelly

The Pack

Snowtown

Chopper

He Died With A Felafel in His Hand

Metal Skin

Romper Stomper

Snowtown

The Hunter

Animal Kingdom

Tomorrow When the War Began

Australia

The Proposition

Mad Max: Fury Road

Priscilla: Queen of the Desert

Mad Max

Mad Max 2

Mad Max: Beyond the Thunderdome

Mad Max: Fury Road

Storm Boy

Dead Calm

On the Beach

Black Water

The Castle

Snowtown

Wog Boy 2: Kings of Mykonos

The Great Gatsby

Holding the Man

Two Hands

Somersault

Looking for Alibrandi

The Dressmaker

Lantana

The Great Gatsby

Australia

Paper Planes

Babe: Pig in the City

Babe

Mad Max: Fury Road

Metal Skin

Romper Stomper

Chopper

Wolf Creek

The Great Gatsby

Romeo and Juliet

Strictly Ballroom

Little Fish

The Sapphires

Muriel's Wedding
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Last call for concepts for TV dramas

Werner Film Productions. Joanna Werner is appealing to creatives to pitch their ideas for original TV dramas for the Screen Australia-funded development initiative The Story Lab.

Werner is looking for two projects for workshops designed to enable writers to take concepts to a pitch bible and first draft pilot episode script.

The deadline for Call for Concepts is July 10. Applicants are asked to submit a 1-3 page outline via Wfp.s website.

Funded by Screen Australia.s Enterprise Stories, the lab is intended to cultivate innovative Australian stories with global audience appeal.

Up to 20 writers as well as five script editors and five creative producers will participate in five intensive .Us writers. room- style workshops throughout the year.

.We.ve had a terrific response to Call for Concepts, across a broad cross-section of genres, but there is a week left for submissions,. Werner tells If.

The first workshop was held in June for House Games,
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Tim Tams and panel vans: Looking for Alibrandi, Australia’s best teen movie

How did some fictional friends from the Sydney suburbs sum up a generation? One film fan pays tribute to Josie, Jacob Coote and John Barton 15 years on

Still Looking for Alibrandi: migrant teens deserve their own Ya fiction

Rewatching classic Australian films: week by week

Fifteen years ago, Josie Alibrandi was walking along George Street in her formal dress when she stopped and looked at Jacob Coote in disgust. “In a panel van?” she said. I may not have actually known what was wrong with a panel van, but I fell immediately in love.

To a specific generation of Australians, Kate Woods’ film Looking for Alibrandi is such a cultural touchstone it’s hard to remove it from our own personal history. Based on Melina Marchetta’s 1992 novel, it was critically embraced for thoughtfully telling an authentic non-Anglo-Saxon coming-of-age story from the perspective of a non-male protagonist, a combination rarely explored.
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Screen agencies challenged on shortage of women directors

All Australian screen agencies are failing to develop female feature directors, according to Megan Simpson Huberman.

The agencies .cannot continue doing the same things and expecting a different result. And the current result - 15% of Australian dramatic features directed by women - is unacceptable,. she writes in the latest issue of Aftrs. Lumina magazine, which is devoted to gender equality in the screen industry.

Among the other factors which contribute to the under-representation of female directors, she says, are Australian film distribution companies which are run by blokes; and international film festival directors who are mostly male.

A former director of development and production investment at Screen Nsw and development executive at Screen Australia, Simpson Huberman is attached to direct Salvation Creek, a drama about a high-flying magazine editor whose husband and brother die within three days of each other, with producer Heather Ogilvie.

In the Lumina article she advocates
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Gurry kicks back at Wachowski critics

Mila Kunis and Kick Gurry in Jupiter Ascending.

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Since Jupiter Ascending.s world premiere at Sundance the sci-fi action-adventure and writers-directors Andy and Lana Wachowski have been pilloried by most critics and the production is shaping as a costly write-off for Warner Bros and Village Roadshow Pictures.

Much of that criticism is unfair and disrespectful to the filmmakers, according to Kick Gurry, who plays Jupiter.s cousin Vladie in his second collaboration with the Wachowskis.

.The Matrix was the best action film of the last 25 years,. the Los Angeles-based Gurry tells If. .I don.t know why people revel in lampooning Jupiter Ascending so much. The Wachowskis should be held in higher regard than they are by some reviewers.

.I love the movie, its message and what it stands for. It.s great that movies inspire debate and conversation but it upsets me when some of the criticism gets more personal.
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Aussie students prefer watching local fare online

Tertiary students in Australia would rather watch online. documentaries such as John Pilger.s Utopia and Gilliam Armstrong.s Love, Lust & Lies and Aussie features than Hollywood blockbusters. That.s apparent from a list of the most popular videos streamed in 2014 on Kanopy, an online platform for universities, colleges and their students.

Excluding instructional videos, 20 of the 30 most watched titles in Australia last year were local productions. Silver Linings Playbook is the only recent Hollywood film to figure in the top 30.

.Students have access to hundreds of Us blockbusters yet they are choosing to watch videos like Utopia, Freedom Writers or Samson & Delilah more regularly than the mainstream Us blockbusters,. Kanopy CEO Olivia Humphrey tells If.

.Crossing the Line, Samson & Delilah, Ten Canoes, Muriel.s Wedding, Looking for Alibrandi, Head On, Lantana and My Brilliant Career all outperform even The Hunger Games.

.It's surprising because student viewing behaviour on Kanopy
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Circle of Lies breaks the mould for Oz films

Teen drama Circle of Lies is breaking new ground for Australian films as it begins a staggered theatrical roll-out in Brisbane this week and will be released on Video-on-Demand platforms and on DVD on September 18.

In another unusual ploy, the producers will sell copies of the DVD at cinemas in rural areas; each screening will feature a Q&A with cast and crew.

Scripted by Adrian Moses and Scott Herford, the film follows high school student Denise (Hilary Caitens) who is bullied and victimised by classmate Kirsty (Anna Lawrence), the leader of a bunch of ultra-cool kids who call themselves .the exclusives.. The cast includes Ryan Harrison, Nikki Webster, Karina Banno, Stephen Multari and Luke Webb.

Directed by first-timer Matt Cerwen, the film was released in North America last December by Warner Bros. on a limited number of cinemas and on VoD. Paramount is distributing in parts of Latin America
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Wolf Creek 2 Officially Begins Production

Talk about a really long road. News has arrived hot off the wire that Wolf Creek 2 has begun shooting and all the necessary pieces are in place to recapture the bloody magic of the sensational original film! Finally!

From the Press Release

John Jarratt once again steps out as the hauntingly sadistic Mick Taylor in Wolf Creek 2, which began principal photography last week. Shooting in South Australia, the film also stars Ryan Corr (Packed to the Rafters), Shannon Ashlyn (Puberty Blues, Devil's Dust), and Philipe Klaus (Devil's Dust, Rake).

Directed by Greg Mclean, written by Mclean and Aaron Sterns, and produced by Helen Leake (Swerve, Black and White, Heavens Burning), Greg Mclean, and Steve Topic (Crawlspace), the sequel starts production seven years after the original Wolf Creek hit screens internationally.

“It’s really exciting to work with John Jarratt once more to delve deeper into the fascinating character of Mick Taylor.
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Wolf Creek 2 starts shooting in South Australia

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Wolf Creek 2 has started principal photography in South Australia, with John Jarratt once again stepping into the role of sadistic serial killer Mick Taylor. The sequel comes seven years after the original horror feature hit screens internationally and enjoyed great commercial success, despite mixed reviews. Directed by Greg Mclean, written by Mclean and Aaron Sterns, and produced by Helen Leake (Swerve, Black and White, Heavens Burning), Greg Mclean and Steve Topic (Crawlspace), the sequel, with the exception of Jarratt, features a brand new cast of exciting Australian talent. .It.s really exciting to work with John Jarratt once more to delve deeper into the fascinating character of Mick Taylor. We.ve assembled a phenomenal cast and crew who are all working incredibly hard to deliver an even more thrilling ride than the first movie. It.s bigger, badder and should be a wild experience for audiences all over the world., said Mclean.
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French actress Emmanuelle Béart cast in My Mistress to shoot late January on the Gold Coast

French actress Emmanuelle Béart has been added to the cast of Australian film My Mistress alongside Harrison Gilbertson and Rachael Blake ahead of shooting later this month on the Gold Coast.

The film received Screen Australia funding in November. It’s directed by Stephen Lance and written by Top of the Lake’s Gerard Lee with production by Bran Nue Dae’s Robyn Kershaw and distributed by Transmission Films.

The announcement:

Internationally acclaimed French actress Emmanuelle Béart (A Heart in Winter, Nathalie, Manon of the Spring, Mission: Impossible) will join one of Australia’s rising international stars, AFI Award‐winning Harrison Gilbertson (U.S. independent film Haunt – in the title role opposite Jacki Weaver, Accidents Happen, Blessed, Beneath Hill 60, Conspiracy 365) and AFI Award‐winning actress Rachael Blake (Sleeping Beauty, Lantana, Hawke) in the seductive and touching new film My Mistress.

What starts as a beautiful and strangely innocent
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Exclusive: Shanahan agents form new company, take Asher Keddie, Maeve Dermody

Two agents from elite talent agency Shanahan Management have parted ways with the company and opened their own agency, taking several high profile clients along with them. Lee-Anne Higgins and Natasha Harrison left Shanahan last week and have opened United Management with former Rgm and Alchemy Artists agent, Trish McAskill. At the time of writing, 15 former Shanahan clients were listed on casting website Showcast as belonging to United Management. Actors that have migrated to the new agency include Asher Keddie (Offspring, Paper Giants), Maeve Dermody (Griff the Invisible), Pia Miranda, (Surviving Georgia, Looking for Alibrandi), Anthony Hayes (The Slap, Killing Time), Rodger Corser (Rush, The Cup) and Dan Wyllie (Burning Man, The Hunter). When contacted, Shanahan confirmed...
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Soundtracks: Please don’t stop the music

Every year, fewer and fewer Australian films and television shows are releasing soundtrack albums. Once considered a valuable promotional tool, changes in both the screen and music industries are threatening their existence. Aravind Balasubramaniam reports.

It is a sign of the times when the #1 Australian film of the year, aimed at a young demographic, chooses not to release a soundtrack album. Ten years ago, it would have been seen as an excellent opportunity to promote both the film and a record company’s selection of up and coming bands, but in 2010 Omnilab Media’s Tomorrow, When the War Began was only released a single on iTunes.

“When you walk into a record store that used to have a soundtrack section, it has become highly evident that the section has shrunk remarkably over the last few years” said Underbelly score composer Burkhard Dallwitz.

ABC Music is the label that has published
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Women in the Screen Industry: A woman’s work is never done

The Australian screen industry is full of talented and successful women, but this doesn’t mean gender imbalance is a thing of the past. Georgina Pearson writes.

Gender equality is an age-old debate; one that’s been analysed and pulled apart countless times before. Yet as women in the Australian screen industry continue to deliver on a global stage we must dispute its relevance – is there a significant gender imbalance within the industry, or has this argument become a moot point, questioned merely as a matter of principle?

When the list of films eligible for the Australian Film Institute Awards was announced last year, AFI CEO Damian Trewhella pointed out that eight out of the 19 titles were directed by women, arguing that “in an international industry where women are still significantly under-represented, Australia is heading in the right direction.”

And the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (Astra) followed closely
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Screen Nsw selects five film projects for Aurora script workshop

Screen Nsw's feature film script workshop, Aurora, has selected five film projects for 2011. The five selected scripts include projects by Oscar-nominated editor Veronika.Jenet; the writer of Looking for Alibrandi, Melena Marchetta; television director Ray Quint; and Black Water producer Michael Robertson. This year.s advisors include the local talent of writer Andrew Bovell (Lantana) and producer Jocelyn Moorhouse (Muriel.s Wedding) while Us producer Anne Carey (The Savages) and British producer Olivia Stewart (Brassed Off) will join them. The program, which began in 2002, has previously led to a number of films being produced including last year's award-winning Animal Kingdom, as well as Little Fish.and Somersault. .The Nsw Government...
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Testing: audience knows best

Predicting the future of a film or television program and avoiding a financial disaster doesn’t necessarily require clairvoyant powers; testing your project with an audience at different stages of the production process can make a huge difference. Aravind Balasubramaniam reports.

“Nobody wants others to tell them their baby is ugly,” says the founder and CEO of Audience Development Australia (Ada) David Castran. “But it’s very important that producers listen with two ears and try to challenge their strongly-held views. Testing empowers producers by giving them information about the audience’s relationship with the pilot or program. I know at times that can be controversial.”

Drama has the highest production cost per hour of all TV programming, so well-executed testing can inform producers and broadcasters about the potential response to their shows.

Castran’s company was founded in the early 90s to provide comprehensive audience study services to the industry.
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Aurora projects announced

Screen Nsw has announced the 2011 participants for the script development workshop Aurora: Dust, Dog Eat Dog, On the Jellicoe Road, Falls Creek and One Hundred and Fifteen.

The selected filmmakers include a new project from Melena Marchetta (writer, Looking for Alibrandi), Michael Robertson (producer, Black Water/Road Train/The Reef) and the debut of editor Veronika Jenet as a producer.

The 2011 edition of Aurora includes a project from South Australia. The advisors will be Us producer Anne Carey (The American, Towelhead and The Savages); writer Andrew Bovell ( Lantana, Blessed, Head On and Edge of Darkness; producer/director/writer Jocelyn Moorhouse (How to Make an American Quilt, Peter Pan, A Thousand Acres, Proof and Muriel’s Wedding); and British producer Olivia Stewart (Brassed Off and Velvet Goldmine).

Former Aurora projects include Animal Kingdom, Somersault, Little Fish, Black Balloon, Prime Mover and Accidents Happen, and the upcoming Burning Man and Say Nothing.
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Aussie post house expands

Aussie post house expands
SYDNEY -- Australian production, postproduction and TV broadcasting company Omnilab Group has over the last two weeks expanded its empire through the acquisition of post companies Island Films and Ambience Entertainment. The purchases are consummate with the group's strategic positioning as a one-stop-shop for clients. Island's credits include the Ten TV drama series White Collar Blue and miniseries Jessica as well as the features Rabbit Proof Fence and Looking for Alibrandi. "The move with the Omnilab Group is designed to further develop TV drama and feature post production for both companies and will cater well to those producers who are interested in the increasing trend of looking for a package deal," said Simon Dibbs, manager of Island Films, in a statement Tuesday.

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