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Rebecca Gibney Reprieves Role in ‘Halifax’ Iconic Australian Mini-Series

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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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Niki Aken celebrates the era of richer screen diversity

Niki Aken.

When screenwriter Niki Aken started writing TV shows seven years ago, she was the only one with an Asian or non-white heritage in the room.

That situation did not change until two years ago when the writer, who has a Malaysian father and an Aussie mother, and Benjamin Law began developing a show for Fremantle.

“For the first five years nearly everyone I worked with was middle class, Anglo and aged 40-plus,” she tells If.

As a founder member of Australian Writers’ Guild’s Diversity and Inclusion Action Committee alongside Law, Kodie Bedford, Jaime Browne, Mithila Gupta and Que Minh Luu, she has been heartened by the much greater diversity on screen and in writers’ rooms in the past couple of years.

One show she is developing with Ian Collie’s Easy Tiger is emblematic of the advances in pluralism across the industry. Based on an idea by Collie,
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Daniel Radcliffe Movie ‘Escape From Pretoria’ Bought by Momentum Pictures (Exclusive)

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Momentum Pictures plans to “Escape From Pretoria.” It has taken North American distribution rights to the movie, which stars Daniel Radcliffe as a political prisoner attempting to break out from a maximum security South African jail. Gary Hamilton’s Arclight Films did the U.S. deal and is continuing sales efforts at Cannes, with new footage from the film in hand.

Radcliffe appears alongside Australian actor Daniel Webber (“The Dirt”). The pair play freedom fighters Tim Jenkin and Stephen Lee, who were jailed in 1978 for being involved in covert anti-apartheid operations. Ian Hart (“God’s Own Country”), Mark Leonard Winter (“Cleverman”) and Nathan Page (“Underbelly”) also star.

Based on a true story, the film follows Jenkin and Lee – joined by a fellow inmate – as they decide to escape from prison. After months of planning, and in a race against time as the authorities strengthen the prison’s security, they craft
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Channel Nine begins work on drama based on Lawyer X scandal

Produced by the makers of Underbelly, the series titled Informer 3838 is pitched as a ‘rollercoaster of ambition, love, delusion, murder and epic betrayal’

Channel Nine has begun pre-production work on a new television drama based on the life of former Melbourne lawyer Nicola Gobbo, better known as Lawyer X.

The production has been the subject of speculation since revelations about a lawyer acting as a police informer prompted the Andrews government to call a royal commission in December.

Related: Lawyer X: the extraordinary story laid out before royal commission

Related: Gangsters, cops and Lawyer X: the police informant scandal that has shocked Australia
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‘West of Sunshine’ Review

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Stars: Damian Hall, Ty Perham, Kat Stewart, Tony Nikolakopoulos, Arthur Angel, Kaarin Fairfax, Faye Smythe | Written and Directed by Jason Raftopoulos

It’s no secret that while these fair British Isles basically invented acting and movie-making, another country out there has a particular knack of making some tremendously emotional and jarringly real films and TV shows… Australia I am looking directly at you!

For years now I have championed some of the titles that come out of Australia (especially on the indie scene) the wealth of talent in front of and behind the camera is incredible. Look no further than TV shows like Underbelly or Wentworth; movies like Two Hands, Babadook, Chopper, Wolf Creek, Ned Kelly or Animal Kingdom to name a few.

Now I get to add West of Sunshine to my list of Aussie movies that more than deserve your attention.

I am a sucker for a movie
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Australian crime drama West of Sunshine gets a new trailer and poster

Ahead of its release next month, a poster and trailer has arrived online for the Australian crime drama West of Sunshine. Written and directed by Jason Raftopoulos, the film stars Damian Hill (The Leftovers), Arthur Angel (Red Dog), Kat Stewart (Underbelly), Eliza D’Souza (Predestination) and Kaarin Fairfax (Picnic at Hanging Rock) and newcomer Ty Perham; take a look here…

Separated from his family and caught in a cycle of gambling and debt, Jim has less than a day to repay a violent loan shark. His day is turned upside down when he must look after his young son. Jim’s relationship with his son is tested as his plans to pay back the loan fail. When his last desperate effort to repay the debt puts his son’s life at risk, he must make a choice between his past and a second chance at life.

West of Sunshine is
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Rebel Wilson To Star In Sonar Entertainment-Backed Australian Period Drama ‘Les Norton’

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Rebel Wilson To Star In Sonar Entertainment-Backed Australian Period Drama ‘Les Norton’
Pitch Perfect star Rebel Wilson is to star in an Australian period drama funded by Sonar Entertainment.

Wilson is to front Les Norton, a ten-part series based on Robert G. Barrett’s novels, for Australian public broadcaster ABC. The series is produced by Romper Stomper producer Roadshow Rough Diamond in association with Screen Australia with Taboo distributor Sonar Entertainment selling globally.

Set in 1985, the series will follow the exploits of Les Norton, a man from outback Queensland. On the run from a troubled past, he blows into Sydney where he lands a job as a bouncer at a notorious illegal casino in Kings Cross. He soon finds himself seduced by the city’s illicit charms and dragged into a web of underground criminality.

Rising star Alexander Bertrand will play the eponymous lead, while Romper Stomper’s David Wenham will star alongside Wilson in the drama, which is directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse,
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Rebel Wilson to Star in Australian Drama Series ‘Les Norton’

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Rebel Wilson to Star in Australian Drama Series ‘Les Norton’
Rebel Wilson and David Wenham will star in Australian drama series “Les Norton.” Adapted from the novels of Robert G. Barrett, the show is presented by The Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Screen Australia.

Set in 1985, the series will follow the exploits of a country bloke from outback Queensland, played by rising star Alexander Bertrand. On the run from a troubled past, he blows into Sydney where he lands a job as a bouncer at an illegal casino. A classic fish out of water who is desperate to get home, he soon finds himself seduced by the city’s illicit charms and dragged into a web of underground criminality.

The series will be directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse, Fadia Abboud (“Australian Gangster”), David Caesar and Morgan O’Neill. It was created for television by Morgan O’Neill, working alongside writers Christopher Lee Samantha Winston Shanti Gudgeon Malcolm Knox and Jessica Tuckwell.

It
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Rebel Wilson, David Wenham to star in ABC drama ‘Les Norton’

Rebel Wilson..

The ABC has commissioned 10-part Roadshow Rough Diamond drama Les Norton, based on the best-selling novels by Robert G. Barrett.

Set in 1985, the series will follow the exploits of Les Norton, a country bloke from outback Queensland. On the run from a troubled past, he blows into Sydney where he lands a job as a bouncer at a notorious illegal casino in Kings Cross. A classic fish out of water who’s desperate to get home, he soon finds himself seduced by the city’s illicit charms and dragged into a web of underground criminality.

Rebel Wilson and David Wenham will headline the cast together with up-and-coming actor Alexander Bertrand, who will play Norton.

Daniel and John Edwards will produce the series created by by Morgan O’Neill, who will work alongside writers Christopher Lee (Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo), Samantha Winston (Wentworth), Shanti Gudgeon (Wolf Creek
See full article at IF.com.au »

‘A Nice Girl Like You’ Sets Supporting Cast To Join Lucy Hale In Indie Rom-Com

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‘A Nice Girl Like You’ Sets Supporting Cast To Join Lucy Hale In Indie Rom-Com
Exclusive: A Nice Girl Like You has locked in its supporting cast as filming is underway in New Jersey. The indie rom-com starring Lucy Hale has tapped Leonidas Gulaptis (Australian TV series Underbelly), Skye P. Marshall (CW’s Black Lightning) Stephen Friedrich (Sweet/Vicious), Adhir Kalyan (CBS’ Rules of Engagement), and Mindy Cohn (Natalie from NBC’s The Facts Of Life), all of whom also join previously announced Jackie Cruz. The pic, based on a memoir by Ayn Carrillo-Gailey, is being directed by Chris and Nick Riedell.

The story follows Lucy Neal (Hale), a violinist who is thrown for a loop when she is accused of being too inhibited by her ex-boyfriend. In an effort to prove him wrong, Lucy creates a rather wild to-do list that sends her on a whirlwind journey of self-discovery, friendship, and new love.

Andrea Marcellus adapted the screenplay.

Character breakdowns are as follows: Gulaptis will play Grant,
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Occupation Invades Blu-ray and DVD September 25th

Lionsgate is proud to announce Occupation, arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital), DVD, and Digital September 25.

Prepare for invasion when the sci-fi epic Occupation arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital), DVD, and Digital September 25 from Lionsgate. This film is currently On Demand. When a fleet of spaceships cover the sky in darkness and invade Earth, a small group of civilians band together to fight off their attackers to save their lives along with all of humanity. Featuring eye-grabbing special effects, the high-stakes action film stars Dan Ewing, Temuera Morrison, and Stephany Jacobsen. Occupation will be available on Blu-ray (plus Digital) and DVD for the suggested retail price of $21.99 and $19.98, respectively.

Check out the trailer:

A town is suddenly plunged into darkness. In the sky, a fleet of spaceships appears. The aliens have been watching Earth for centuries; now they have arrived to seize control of our planet. As alien storm troopers cut
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‘Underbelly: Beneath the World of Porn’ Directed by Robert “Corpsy” Rhine

‘Underbelly: Beneath the World of Porn’ Directed by Robert “Corpsy” Rhine
Review by Peter Belsito

Directed by Robert “Corpsy” Rhine (publisher of Girls And Corpses Magazine), who is frequently on camera with mike here, Underbelly: Beneath The World Of Porn takes a unique approach to the increasing numbers of films offering young women full-time jobs at internet web camming, i.e., shooting these porn productions.

This film consists of only close up serious thoughtful interviews with young female porn performers discussing their work, careers, motivation.

It explores the trials and tribulations from dozens of various female performers in the industry today as they share their stories of success, failure and stardom.

These women mostly claim to love what they do, but like in any profession they also experience the highs and lows of a challenging and extremely competitive business.

The adult film business is thriving more than ever today on the Internet with digital pornographic content and burgeoning Web-Camming sites. According to Forbes magazine,
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Australian Psychological Thriller ‘Safe Harbour’ Heads To Hulu

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Critically praised Australian series Safe Harbour is set to make its U.S. debut on Hulu. As part of a deal with NBCUniversal Television and New Media Distribution, the four-part event drama will debut August 24 on Hulu.

Safe Harbour tells the story of five Australians on a yachting holiday from Darwin to Indonesia, whose idyllic vacation takes a disastrous turn when they come across a broken-down fishing boat, full of desperate asylum seekers. The Australians decide to help, towing the refugees, but when they wake the next morning the fishing boat is gone. Five years later they meet some of the refugees again and learn the truth. Someone cut the rope between the two boats and, as a result, seven people died when the fishing boat sank. The revelation drives a wedge of mistrust between the Australians, as they grapple with protecting themselves and doing the right thing. The refugees
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‘Occupation’ Arriving On Blu-ray, DVD and Digital

From Saban Films comes Occupation, a story of survival and fighting off an alien invasion. The sci-fi film is arriving on Blu-ray, DVD and digital from Lionsgate. Read all the details below.

Prepare for invasion when the sci-fi epic Occupation arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital), DVD, and Digital September 25 from Lionsgate. This film is currently On Demand. When a fleet of spaceships cover the sky in darkness and invade Earth, a small group of civilians band together to fight off their attackers to save their lives along with all of humanity. Featuring eye-grabbing special effects, the high-stakes action film stars Dan Ewing, Temuera Morrison, and Stephany Jacobsen. Occupation will be available on Blu-ray (plus Digital) and DVD for the suggested retail price of $21.99 and $19.98, respectively.

Official Synopsis

A town is suddenly plunged into darkness. In the sky, a fleet of spaceships appears. The aliens have been watching Earth for centuries
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‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ Showrunner Tells Us Her ‘Cockamamy’ Theory About Missing Girls’ Fate

(Spoiler alert: Read at your own risk if you haven’t seen all of Amazon’s “Picnic at Hanging Rock.”)

By the end of the Amazon limited series “Picnic at Hanging Rock” audiences still don’t know what happened to the girls who went missing at the beginning. But showrunner and director Larysa Kondracki hopes her “enchanted chiller” will give fans an “emotionally satisfying conclusion” nonetheless.

If that’s not good enough for you, Kondracki told TheWrap she has her own “cockamamy idea” about what happened to the young ladies at the center of the TV adaptation based on Joan Lindsay’s iconic Australian novel of the same name, which the director describes as “‘Heathers’ meets ‘The Breakfast Club,’ with a little bit of ‘The Shining.'”

Also Read: 'Picnic at Hanging Rock': Natalie Dormer Tells Us Why It Was 'Delicious' to 'Unravel' in Adaptation

Former
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‘Picnic at Hanging Rock': Natalie Dormer Tells Us Why It Was ‘Delicious’ to ‘Unravel’ in Adaptation

‘Picnic at Hanging Rock': Natalie Dormer Tells Us Why It Was ‘Delicious’ to ‘Unravel’ in Adaptation
Natalie Dormer is mad about her latest gig, “Picnic at Hanging Rock.” Partly because she gets to go mad in the new Amazon limited series based on Joan Lindsay’s iconic Australian novel of the same name.

The former “Game of Thrones” star leads the cast of the adaptation as Mrs. Hester Appleyard, the enigmatic headmistress of Appleyard College, a boarding school that she established for young ladies isolated in Australian bushland. The story centers around the mysterious disappearances of three schoolgirls and one teacher on Valentine’s Day in 1900 and the subsequent investigation, covering its impact on students, families and staff at Appleyard College and the nearby town.

“It’s not so much the actual thing of what happened to them, it’s the ripple effect to this community and all these different personalities on what that event does to people. You know, that’s the drama,” Dormer said.
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Ann Dowd And Essie Davis Set for Gothic Drama Series ‘Lambs Of God’

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Ann Dowd And Essie Davis Set for Gothic Drama Series ‘Lambs Of God’
Australian cable network Foxtel announced today that Emmy-winning actress Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale) and and Essie Davis (The Babadook) will star in Lambs of God, a four-part original drama series from writer Sarah Lambert and director Jeffrey Walker.

Based on the Marele Day novel, Lambs of God is a dark, gothic story about three nuns, each a generation apart, living in an isolated convent by the coast, and an unwelcome visitor who enters their lives and changes their world forever.

Dowd and Davis will be joined by Jessica Barden (The End Of The F*****World, The Lobster) who will star as the third nun. As the Sisters of St Agnes, the must defend their lives, existence and beliefs when the handsome priest, played by actor Sam Reid (The Railway Main, Belle, Anonymous) attempts to sell their dilapidated monastery. What unfolds is an epic and fantastical tale of faith,
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Trailer Binge: ‘Solo’,’ Ocean’s 8′, ‘American Animals’, ‘Hot Summer Nights’, ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’, ‘Rocky and Bullwinkle’

Welcome to Trailer Binge, a recurring feature where we get a chance to catch up on some of the recent trailer releases in the past week. Whether it be indie releases, or recent movie and TV trailers that may have otherwise slipped through the cracks, Trailer Binge allows us to catch up on the seemingly constant onslaught of new new content being released each week.

In this edition of Trailer Binge, we take a look at trailers for ‘Ocean’s 8‘, ‘American Animals‘ and ‘Hot Summer Nights‘. Also we showcase trailers for the amazon studios Series ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock‘ and ‘Rocky & Bullwinkle‘, along with a brand-new Tv spot for ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story‘. Let the Trailer binge begin!

‘Ocean’s 8’ Trailer #2

Gary Ross, the filmmaker behind The Hunger Games and Pleasantville, co-wrote the screenplay with Olivia Milch. The film stars Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Awkwafina, Sarah Paulson,
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‘Once Upon A Time’: Emma Booth Joins ABC Fairytale Drama As Recurring

Australian actress Emma Booth (Underbelly, Gods of Egypt) has landed a major recurring role on the upcoming seventh season of ABC’s Once Upon a Time, which is undergoing a reset with new stories and a number of new characters. She will play The Witch who is as wicked as they come. Booth’s film Hounds of Love recently premiered at Tribeca and Venice Film Festivals. She will next be seen starring opposite Michael Pena and Lizzie Caplan in Universal’s Extension and can also…
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