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Screen Australia funds eight new Hot Shots teams

Screen Australia today named the eight new Hot Shots teams who will share in funding of more than $545,000 to produce short films and develop distinctive storytelling and creative production skills.

These shorts will be used as proof of concept for longer form projects to get traction in the market place, part of building career pathways towards.. storytelling across film, television, online and interactive platforms. The teams will also attend two-day Hot Shops workshops and seminars this month at Screen Australia which will immerse writers, directors and producers in a craft-based learning environment to further their filmmaking skills.

The Hot Shops program will connect teams with mentors including director Sophie Hyde (52 Tuesdays), editor Drew Thompson (Down Under), sound designer Jed Palmer (The Infinite Man), and Felicity Abbott (Secret City, Bran Nue Day).

The eight teams are working on a diverse group of projects across genres including drama, thriller, action, horror, romantic and coming-of age stories,
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Tait Brady's Label snags two titles

Irish filmmaker Sophie Fiennes. The Perverts Guide To Ideology and Australian writer-director Michael Bond.s debut film Passengers have been acquired by Tait Brady.s boutique distribution company Label.

Fiennes. documentary follows Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek on a tour through the labyrinths of popular culture including the films The Sound of Music, Taxi Driver, Titanic and The Dark Knight, plus TV ad campaigns and music.

The follow-up to Fiennes. The Perverts Guide To Cinema, the film premiered at the Sydney Festival, is screening at this week.s Revelation Film Festival in Perth and is booked into the Melbourne International Film Festival.

The Hollywood Reporter hailed the doc as a .riveting and often hilarious demonstration of the Slovenian philosopher.s uncanny ability to turn movies inside out and accepted notions on their head..

Brady is showing the film to exhibitors with a view to launching the film in a limited number
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Easier to raise funds privately: Daddo

Actor/producer Cameron Daddo believes it’s easier to raise up to $1m privately than going through Australia’s funding bodies.

“They will make us jump through hoops,” Daddo told Encore.

Talking about Passengers, the film he produced and funded privately through the relationships he has cultivated while working in the Us and Australia, Daddo said he preferred to bypass the traditional route of Australian filmmakers applying for government funding.

“It’s just a matter of how much work I want to put in as a producer to secure that funding. I felt it might be easier to raise the funds privately, when it’s a small amount such as $1m,” he said.

That been said, Daddo said he would have no hesitation in approaching the bodies to fund more expensive films, but added that he didn’t feel entitled to funding: “If I can get it, then that’s terrific,
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Ex-Pats Daddo And Milliken's New Film

Ex-Pats Daddo And Milliken's New Film
Adelaide will be the first to view Michael Bond's Passengers, an independent feature film, shot in La and post-produced in Australia. Starring Cameron Daddo, who has been jobbing in La as an actor since the mid-‘90s, Passengers will showcase at The Adelaide Fringe Film Festival in two screenings scheduled for February 24 and 26. Made by a small team of ex-pat Aussie filmmakers who met in Los Angeles, Passengers stars Cameron Daddo as Tom, an aspiring screenwriter, finally getting a foothold in Hollywood with his writing partner, the comparatively affluent Roger (Hollywood character actor stalwart Bruce Davison from X-Men and Short Cuts amongst many many others).
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Mill Valley Film Festival '09: Honorary Guests and Must-Sees

The Mill Valley Film Festival opens tonight, filling the next 10 days with some of the most anticipated films of the rest of the year, as well as a selection of international films making its way to the Bay Area. In addition, the festival will also host the awarding of talents such as Woody Harrelson, Clive Owen, Uma Thurman, Jason Reitman and screen legend Anna Karina.

We'll have reviews coming in for the festival soon, but for the moment, here's a brief preview of what to look for.

Clive Owen gets a spotlight for bringing his latest work, the patriarchal drama The Boys Are Back, which opens the festival tonight. Owen plays a father who has to raise his two sons on his own after his wife's sudden death. As part of the program is a screening of Owen's breakout role in the gambling thriller Croupier.

Paired with fatherhood is Motherhood,
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Bryan Singer 'to develop 2012 miniseries'

Bryan Singer has started work on a 2012-based miniseries for the Syfy network, it has been reported. The X-Men director is to team with producer Andrew Dean to produce the as-yet-untitled six-hour project based on the 2012 apocalyptic prophecies, which emanate from the end of the Mayan calendar on December 21 of that year, Sci-Fi Wire reports. The plot has been described as a "thrilling action adventure story blending scientific fact and myth", and is said to be similar in tone to The Da Vinci Code. The television movie is being written by The Chronicles Of Narnia scribe Michael Petroni and Passengers writer Michael Bond. "I have always (more)
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X-Men director Bryan Singer to make Mayan doomsday series

Bryan Singer is to make a six-hour TV miniseries inspired by Mayan mythology, it's been announced by Syfy.

Singer is to produce the project for the former Sci-Fi Channel with Andrew Deane and Keith Addis. The as-yet-untitled story will deal with the 2012 doomsday prophecies based on interpretations of the Mayan calendar.

Singer (pictured) previously collaborated with the channel in 2005 on The Triangle, a miniseries exploring the mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle.

This latest project will be written by Michael Petroni (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Dawn Treader) and Michael Bond (Passengers).

The project's official synopsis is:"A thrilling action-adventure story blending scientific fact and myth with popular conspiracy theories centring on the Mayan calendar and what it predicts for mankind at its end date.

"With a feel of Da Vinci Code and National Treasure, it tells the story of a down-on-his-luck author/professor who goes on a worldwide adventure to
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Bryan Singer to profit from Mayan 2012 mystery

X-Men and Superman Returns filmmaker Bryan Singer will be developing his second mini-series for SyFy. The as-yet untitled six-hour show will center on the various doomsday prophecies surrounding the end of the Mayan calendar in 2012.

"I have always been fascinated by the various myths and conspiracy theories surrounding the Mayan calendar," Singer said in a statement. "It's the most accurate calendar created by man, so accurate that many believe its origins may lie elsewhere. Regardless of what you believe, what is truly mysterious about this is that a number of cultures and religions, including Hinduism, all point toward a period of great upheaval which happens to coincide with the final month and year marked by the calendar. Our story will explore whether we are truly alone in the universe, and other related mysteries, all of which are set against the backdrop of an incredibly exciting and fast-paced adventure."

Sounds like
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Syfy, Singer and Industry Team on Limited Mayan Series

Syfy announced today that it will re-team with director/producer Bryan Singer ( Superman Returns , X-Men ), who executive produced the Channel's 2005 miniseries "The Triangle," and producer Andrew Deane ("Masters of Horror," "Masters of Science Fiction," "Fear Itself") and Keith Addis to develop an untitled 6-hour limited series to be written by Michael Petroni ( The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader , "Masters of Science Fiction: The Awakening," Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys ) and Michael Bond ( Passengers ). The announcement was made by Mark Stern, Executive Vice President, Original Content, Syfy & Co-Head, Original Content, Universal Cable Productions. Syfy is developing the project with Singer's Bad Hat...
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