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Ali’s Wedding to have world premiere at Aff mini-fest

Ali's Wedding.

Tiding audiences over until the official event returns in 2017, Adelaide Film Festival will run a mini-festival this October.

Known as Adelaide Film Festival Goes Rogue, the mini-fest will run October 27 — 30 and feature premieres, in-conversation events and a retrospective screening of Michael James Rowland's Lucky Miles..

Jeffrey Walker.s feature debut Ali.s Wedding. is set for its world premiere at the event. Australia.s first Muslim rom-com, the film is based on the life of actor, writer and comedian Osamah Sami, who also co-wrote the screenplay and stars as the titular character. There will also be a .work in progress. premiere screening of David Stratton.s Stories of Australian Cinema.

Festivities will also include the Australian premiere season of Lynette Wallworth.s Vr film Collisons (Oct 5 — 30), and a free talk by Greg Mackie, last year's Jim Bettison and Helen James Award recipient, at the Adelaide Festival of Ideas.
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52 Tuesdays duo reunites for Girl Asleep

Tilda Cobham-Hervey and Imogen Archer, who made their debuts in Sophie Hyde.s 52 Tuesdays, have been cast in Windmill Theatre.s first feature, coming-of-age drama Girl Asleep.

Based on Matthew Whittet.s play which premiered at the 2014 Adelaide Festival, the film follows the chronically shy Greta Driscoll (Bethany Whitmore), whose 15th birthday party is spoilt when an uninvited guest steals her most treasured possession. Her attempts to retrieve it take her into a dark unknown world.

Whittet wrote the screenplay, the director is Rosemary Myers, who staged the play, and the producer is Jo Dyer (Lucky Miles; Boy Castaways). The four‐week shoot starts on January 19.

The investors are the South Australian Film Corporation, the Ian Potter Foundation and the Hive Production Fund, a collaboration between the Adelaide Film Festival, the Australia Council for the Arts, Screen Australia and ABC Arts.

The cast includes Harrison Feldman, Eamon Farren, Whittet, Amber McMahon
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Aussie Don Hany Nabs Male Lead In ABC Drama ‘Warriors’ As Overseas Actors Eye Another Strong Pilot Season

Don Hany, an established Australian TV actor who is virtually unknown in the U.S., has been tapped as the male lead in ABC’s medical drama pilot Warriors, from writer Chris Keyser, Mandeville TV and ABC Studios. Inspired by the Walter Reed Military Medical Center, Warriors follow the best and brightest active-duty military doctors and nurses as they practice trailblazing medicine. Hany will play trauma surgeon George Mann, who can’t stop taking care of these men, though it nearly breaks his heart, every day. This marks the first major Hollywood gig for Hany, who doesn’t have U.S. representation yet. He is well known in Australia, where he has a long list of TV and film credits, including series White Collar Blue and film Lucky Miles. He is getting strong early reviews for his starring role in Craig Monahan’s feature Healing. Repped in Australia by Shanahan Management.
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Page and Myers get funding for first features

Continuing their collaboration after Tim Winton.s The Turning, producer Robert Connolly and Indigenous director/choreographer Stephen Page will bring to the big screen an adaptation of Page.s dance theatre work Spear.

That.s one of two films commissioned by the second Hive Fund, an initiative of the Adelaide Film Festival in partnership with the Australia Council for the Arts, Screen Australia and ABC Arts.

The other is Girl Asleep, the third in a trilogy of rites-of-passage Windmill Theatre stories by writer Matthew Whittet and director Rosemary Myers.

Page, the Bangarra Dance Theatre director and choreographer, directed one segment of The Turning. His feature directing debut, Spear is a contemporary hybrid feature film where two Aboriginal clans from urban and remote communities live in an apocalyptic world and must decide who will be the new leader for the next 100 years. The work will explore what this means to Indigenous men through dance,
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Cast Is King In Devil's Dust Trailer

How do you make a true life story about litigation against a big cement manufacturer appealing to general audiences? You cast the hell out of it. This is exactly what the makers of Devil's Dust, the story of the James Hardie asbestos scandal and court case have done, and the results look superb. Anthony Hayes (The Square) leads the cast as Bernie Banton, the campaigner who became the public face of the political and legal campaign to achieve compensation for the sufferers of asbestos-related conditions, which they contracted after working for the company James Hardie. Other lead cast include Dony Hany (Rake, Lucky Miles), Daniel Henshall (Snowtown, These Final Hours), Ewen Leslie (Mabo, Dead Europe), Mirrah Foulkes (Animal Kingdom), Henry Nixon (Noise), David Roberts (The Square), Alexandra Schepisi (The Eye of the Storm) and the always-great character actor Alan...
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SPAAmart film applications now open

Applications are now open for the 10th annual film market SPAAmart, put on by the Screen Producers Association of Australia.

The announcement:

The Screen Producers Association of Australia (Spaa) today announced that applications are now open for the 10th annual feature film market, SPAAmart 2012, which will take place during the annual Spaa Conference in November.

SPAAmart is calling for distinct feature film projects at an advanced stage of development with significant attachments, and ready to present to the market for financing, sales and distribution.

SPAAmart was launched in 2003 with the aim of bringing the best Australasian feature projects to the attention of local and international financiers. Films that have previously participated in SPAAmart as a launching pad include Clubland, West, Noise, The Home Song Stories, Lucky Miles, Romulus My Father, The Last Ride, Beautiful Kate, The Cedar Boys and most recently Beneath Hill 60 and Mei Mei.

As with previous years,
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Oranges and Sunshine’s Dany Cooper wins best editing at the Ellies

Cooper is stamped by the Ellie as is tradition to accept her award

Dany Cooper Ase has won best editing in a feature film for her work on Oranges and Sunshine at the Australian Screen Editors Awards.

Nicknamed The Ellies, the awards were held last night at the Vanguard in Newtown, Sydney, hosted by actor comedian Rob Carlton (Underbelly, Paper Giants).

In addition to the awards, each year the guild gives accreditation to editors whose work is considered of a consistently high standard.

This year the guild accredited Scott Gray Ase (Somersault, Solo, The Boys are Back), Matt Villa Ase (The Great Gatsby, Happy Feet 2, I-Robot) and Sue Schweikert Ase (commercials Axa’s Crocodile Tears, McDonalds’ James Dean and Australian Tourism Commission).

Henry Dangar Ase (Winter of our Dreams, The Crossing, Spider and Rose, Lucky Miles Rake, Kiss or Kill) received lifetime membership to the guild.

Guild president Jason Ballantine
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Hive Production Fund invests in three art films

The art film related Hive Production Fund has announced its first films to receive funding.

The Hive Production Fund was launched in February. The aim of the fund is for filmmakers and artists work on single art film projects.

The fund has received significant support. Originally set up between the ABC and Adelaide Film Festival, each contributing $200,000. The Australia Council came on board in July also donating $200,000.

An additional $70,000 has been committed by the Adelaide Film Festival through its Film Investment Fund.

Director of the Adelaide Film Festival Katrina Sedgwick said: “It is important the silos get broken down between film and the rest of the arts. The calibre of these projects and collaborators illustrate the potential for ground-breaking new work to be created for the screen when we facilitate new conversations between diverse practitioners and offer different funding avenues to enable these cross-pollinations.

Three quite different productions have received
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Tangle Season 3 begins filming

Monday sees critically acclaimed Showcase drama Tangle begin filming in Melbourne.

Returning with it’s fantastic line-up of cast members; Justine Clarke, Catherine McClements, Matt Day, Lincoln Younes, Blake Davis, Kick Curry and Kat Stewart, the series will continue to explore the intertwining relationships between two generations of family.

Tangle is produced by John Edwards and Imogen Banks for Southern Star with Executive Producer Kim Vecera, who called it one of their ‘a landmark series’ when speaking with Encore about Cloudstreet, recently.

In a statement, Chief Executive Officer of Showtime Australia, Mr Peter Rose said, “After the immense success of Tim Winton’s Cloudstreet, we are thrilled to continue our commitment of commissioning world-class Australian drama.”

Written by Fiona Seres and Tony McNamara and to be directed by Emma Freeman (Love My Way, Hawke, Offspring) and Michael James Rowland (Spirited, Lucky Miles), Tangle is being produced with investment by Austar.
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In the Raw becomes stand-alone event

The Dungog Film Festival has partnered with Sydney Theatre to expand its script reading program In The Raw to Sydney.

In the Raw has been expanded to a stand-alone event, held bi-monthly and commencing on February 7.

In The Raw is a program where actors read unproduced screenplays in front of a live audience, offering filmmakers a chance to get their works heard by key industry players and tested with their intended audience. Projects like Pauline Chan’s screenplay Mei Mei (currently in post-production) graduated from In the Raw.

“Having hosted the premieres of such great Australian films as Lucky Miles, Romulus My Father and Men’s Group, Sydney Theatre has long been a friend of the Australian film industry and sees this partnership as an important development in this deepening relationship,” said Sydney Theatre executive producer Jo Dyer.

Tickets can be reserved online, by phone or in person at the Sydney Theatre box office.
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Parker/Tass project chosen for SPAAmart

The Screen Producers Association of Australia (Spaa) has announced the feature film projects that will participate at this year’s SPAAmart sessions during the organisation’s conference next month.

The list includes, amongst projects from emerging filmmakers, a romantic comedy by the Nadia Tass/David Parker team.

The selected projects are:

1. The Badadook

Kristina Ceyton, Producer.

Jennifer Kent, Writer/Director.

2. The Rocket

Sylvia Wilczynski, Producer.

Kim Mordaunt, Writer/Director.

3. The Witness Tree

Delia Churchill, Producer.

Alex Chomicz, Director.

Jacqueline Cook, Writer

4. The Warmth

Philippa Campey, Producer.

Rhys Graham, Writer/Director.

5. The Winter Chill

Samantha Jennings, Producer.

Justin Kurzel, Director.

Giula Sandler, Writer

6. Tying The Knot

David Parker, Writer/Producer.

Nadia Tass, Director.

7. Far From Home

Andrea Buck, Producer.

Dee McLachlan, Director.

Peter Lancucki, Writer.

SPAAmart was launched in 2003 with the aim of bringing the best Australasian feature projects to the attention of local and international financiers. Its success stories include include Clubland,
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Reality TV Turns Terrorist In Eliminated!

Seems Chris Morris doesn't have a corner on the market for terrorism comedies this year.  No, the creators of very serious minded Australian thriller The Jammed have just taken a turn towards the low-brow and launched production on their terrorism / reality TV spoof Eliminated.  Here's the first official word:

After winning over critics and audiences in 2007 with acclaimed box office breakout hit The Jammed, the same team is back with a new film, Eliminated, which commenced shooting in Melbourne this week.

Written and directed by Dee McLachlan and produced by Andrea Buck from film production company The Picture Tank, Eliminated is a politically incorrect comedy about two of Australia's major obsessions, terrorism and reality television.

In Eliminated, a panel of guerilla judges selects and tests an eager and diverse group of young contestants to see who will take out the crown of 'master terrorist'. Subjected to various challenges, interrogations and torture,
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Green Lantern Screen Test - Tom Kalmaku

Kenneth Moraleda of the Australian comedy/drama "Lucky Miles" does a screen test for the role of Hal Jordan's side kick Tom Kalmaku. In the first draft of The Green Lantern script, which was leaked last year, the character served as comic relief. In this screen test footage Moraleda gives us two takes of Tom Kalmaku, one serious, the other comedic. The video was submitted to Green Lantern's casting director Pam Dixon.
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