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Call out: Be a part of If’s guide to South Australia

South Australia is small, but it packs a punch.

According to data from Screen Australia’s most recent Drama Report, in the five financial years from 2012-13 to 2016-17, South Australia captured on average 5 per cent of drama production expenditure in Australia. However, the state’s output often ranks among the most country’s most notable.

In recent years, the South Australian Film Corporation (often alongside the Adelaide Film Festival) has supported feature films like Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale and The Babadook, Anthony MarasHotel Mumbai, Yolanda Ramke and Ben Howling’s Cargo, Warwick Thornton’s Sweet Country and Samson and Delilah, Sophie Hyde’s 52 Tuesdays, Rosemary Myers’ Girl Asleep, Rolf de Heer’s Charlie’s Country, John Curran’s Tracks and Jeremy SimsLast Cab to Darwin. Upcoming Sa projects also include Wayne Blair’s Top End Wedding and Shawn Seet’s reimagining of Storm Boy.

The
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‘Marjorie Prime’ Producer Uri Singer Launching TaleFlick Platform

  • Variety
“Marjorie Prime” producer Uri Singer of Passage Pictures and former Netflix executive George Berry have launched TaleFlick, a platform with a searchable library of stories for film, television, and digital media.

“As a producer, I’ve learned the importance of finding strong content and having a reliable source that can provide it,” Singer said. “TaleFlick allows studios and producers, like myself, to find stories that otherwise would not have had a chance to be seen.”

Tuesday’s announcement appears to allow writers to bypass agents and managers in selling material. “TaleFlick bridges the gap between the written word on paper and the spoken word on screen by paving the way for storytellers around the world to shop their content to the entertainment industry,” the statement said.

The platform is for all content — published books, short stories, and any original narrative — and the submission process includes an introductory one-time single-level fee of $88 to cover curation,
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'Marjorie Prime' producer Uri Singer, George Berry launch TaleFlick

Platform will shop written content to studios and production companies.

Marjorie Prime producer and Passage Pictures head Uri Singer and former Netflix and Apple executive George Berry are launching TaleFlick, a platform offering authors of the written word a way to shop their work to film, TV, and digital media companies.

The platform is for all written content, be it published books, short stories, or original narrative in any form. Singer and Berry have invested in a new technology utilising a machine learning algorithm that classifies content, curating each piece with an algorithm paired with human expertise.

Authors will retain all rights to their books,
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‘Chappaquiddick’ Star Jason Clarke Recounts Ted Kennedy Meeting

Chappquiddick features Jason Clarke as Senator Ted Kennedy and Kate Mara as Mary Jo Kopechne in a narrative that centers on the aftermath of Kopechne’s tragic drowning. John Curran, whose previous credits include Tracks and The Painted Veil, directs the feature.

“I think the message of the film is that polarization gets you nowhere,” said Clarke. [...]

The post ‘Chappaquiddick’ Star Jason Clarke Recounts Ted Kennedy Meeting appeared first on Hollywood Outbreak.
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Cannes 2018: Mads Mikkelsen Gives Everything in Survival Film 'Arctic'

I love a good survival film. I don't really know what it is about them, even though they're all quite similar, I still enjoy every last one - The Grey, All is Lost, Gravity, Styx, Buried, The Martian, Life of Pi, 127 Hours, The Revenant, Tracks, Cast Away, The Way Back, Kon-Tiki. The latest survival thriller offering which just premiered at the Cannes Film Festival is a film titled Arctic, about a man trying to survive all by himself in the freezing, cold, snowy arctic. Produced in Iceland and filmed in Iceland, the film is the feature directorial debut of Brazilian filmmaker Joe Penna, and features some very real survival tactics. It also has all of the usual survival film tropes: just when you think everything is fine, something else goes wrong. There's always some animal that makes things worse. Rescuers never see them when nearby. Despite these familiar survival aspects,
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‘Chappaquiddick’ Trailer: Jason Clarke, Kate Mara, and Bruce Dern Lead Bracing Ted Kennedy Biopic

‘Chappaquiddick’ Trailer: Jason Clarke, Kate Mara, and Bruce Dern Lead Bracing Ted Kennedy Biopic
As part of a family marked by historic tragedies, Ted Kennedy’d legacy was forever tarnished by the 1969 car crash that left 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne dead. Kennedy walked away relatively unscathed, leaving a mystery that left the entire country with many questions. Those questions provide the backbone for “Chappaquiddick,” a bracing biopic starring Jason Clarke as Kennedy, Kate Mara as Kopechne, and Bruce Dern as a terrifying Joe Kennedy. The newly released trailer sets the film up as a no-holds-barred, in depth look at the truth behind the fatal accident, and why it took Kennedy ten hours to report it to the police.

The film premiered earlier this year at the Toronto International Film Festival, where IndieWire’s Kate Erbland wrote: “‘Chappaquiddick’ revels in the gray areas, offering up a version of the story that doesn’t demand full acceptance, but still presents a take on the material with a distinct point of view.
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Mia Wasikowska to Star in Mirrah Foulkes’ Live-Action Take on “Punch and Judy”

Wasikowska in “Tracks

Mia Wasikowska is bringing a famed puppet story to life. The “Alice in Wonderland” star will topline a live-action reinterpretation of the story of “Punch and Judy,” a play traditionally acted out with marionettes. Titled “Judy and Punch,” the project marks Mirrah Foulkes’ feature debut. A press release announced the news.

Described by Foulkes as “a crazy mix of fantasy, feminism, and fanaticism,” the film is set in the fictional town of Seaside, and according to its press release, “follows two puppeteers — the vain but charismatic Punch and his resilient and talented wife Judy — as they attempt to resurrect their show as a means of escaping their decrepit town.” The project is said to be “coarse and brutal, bubbling with violence, misogyny, and magic.”

“Judy and Punch” hails from Vice Media Australia and Blue-Tongue Films, and Vice Media (USA) and Screen Australia, in association with Film Victoria, have invested funds. Michele Bennett (“Chopper”) is among its producers.

Mirrah Foulkes is one of the most original new voices in cinema we’ve seen — someone who is able to find the perfect balance of character and chaos, emotion and humor,” said Danny Gabai from Vice Media. “We’ve had the pleasure of watching her develop her talents as a filmmaker over the years, and we couldn’t be more excited to team up with our friends at Blue-Tongue and Screen Australia to help make her wildly inventive script into a reality.”

Dumpy Goes to the Big Smoke,” “ Florence Has Left the Building,” and “Trespass” are among the shorts Foulkes has directed, and they’ve screened at fests such as the Toronto International Film Festival, London Film Festival, and Sydney Film Festival.

Besides the “Alice” franchise, Wasikowska’s credits include “Crimson Peak,” “Jane Eyre,” and “The Kids Are All Right.” She’s set to star in “Bergman Island,” Mia Hansen-Løve’s upcoming English-language debut. The drama is set on the Swedish island of Faro — the home of the film’s namesake, late director Ingmar Bergman — and centers on a couple, both of whom are filmmakers.

Wasikowska has said that she’d like to work with more women directors because “people respond to females a little bit differently — there’s less of a hierarchy on set.” Her dream collaborators include Jane Campion and Sofia Coppola.

Mia Wasikowska to Star in Mirrah Foulkes’ Live-Action Take on “Punch and Judy” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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‘The Mountain Between Us’: How Cinematographer Mandy Walker Shot at 11,000 Feet

‘The Mountain Between Us’: How Cinematographer Mandy Walker Shot at 11,000 Feet
When cinematographer Mandy Walker met with the director for Fox 2000’s “The Mountain Between Us,” Hany Abu-Assad’s directives were simple. “It has to be beautiful, but dangerous,” said the Oscar-nominated director of “Paradise Now” and “Omar.” “You must feel the danger they are up against.”

Specifically, Abu-Assad planned to direct stars Kate Winslet and Idris Elba on top of the 11,000-foot Purcell Mountains in British Columbia. “It really was minus 38 degrees, working in the snow,” said Walker. “I had not done that before, above the tree line.”

Like any veteran cinematographer, Walker is familiar with trying circumstances. For Baz Luhrmann’s epic “Australia,” she supervised three units with action and horses. She shot John Curran’s stunning outback adventure “Tracks” in heat of 122 degrees.

However, the Purcell mountain range meant a very different set of challenges. She brought her crew two to three times into each of five high-altitude locations for scouting,
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‘The Mountain Between Us’: How Cinematographer Mandy Walker Shot at 11,000 Feet

  • Indiewire
‘The Mountain Between Us’: How Cinematographer Mandy Walker Shot at 11,000 Feet
When cinematographer Mandy Walker met with the director for Fox 2000’s “The Mountain Between Us,” Hany Abu-Assad’s directives were simple. “It has to be beautiful, but dangerous,” said the Oscar-nominated director of “Paradise Now” and “Omar.” “You must feel the danger they are up against.”

Specifically, Abu-Assad planned to direct stars Kate Winslet and Idris Elba on top of the 11,000-foot Purcell Mountains in British Columbia. “It really was minus 38 degrees, working in the snow,” said Walker. “I had not done that before, above the tree line.”

Like any veteran cinematographer, Walker is familiar with trying circumstances. For Baz Luhrmann’s epic “Australia,” she supervised three units with action and horses. She shot John Curran’s stunning outback adventure “Tracks” in heat of 122 degrees.

However, the Purcell mountain range meant a very different set of challenges. She brought her crew two to three times into each of five high-altitude locations for scouting,
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Dear Hollywood: 9 Top Women Cinematographers Who Are Ready to Direct

Dear Hollywood: 9 Top Women Cinematographers Who Are Ready to Direct
Here’s how studios say they see it: Sure, we really want to hire women directors. But there’s almost no studio movie that isn’t big budget, and we can’t find women who have the experience necessary to handle the really big movies. (Never mind Colin Trevorrow. Or Marc Webb. Or Gareth Edwards. Or Jon Watts.)

Of course, that logic is a vicious cycle at best, but here’s a chance to break it. Director Reed Morano’s dazzling execution of the first three episodes of Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” suggests another excellent source for future women directors: top cinematographers.

Read More: 7 Female Genre Filmmakers You Should Get to Know Right Now

Women cinematographers work harder, longer, and have to be gifted and tough in order to keep landing jobs. As a cinematographer, make one mistake and you’re through. Any working cinematographer has more than
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Dear Hollywood: 9 Top Women Cinematographers Who Are Ready to Direct

Dear Hollywood: 9 Top Women Cinematographers Who Are Ready to Direct
Here’s how studios say they see it: Sure, we really want to hire women directors. But there’s almost no studio movie that isn’t big budget, and we can’t find women who have the experience necessary to handle the really big movies. (Never mind Colin Trevorrow. Or Marc Webb. Or Gareth Edwards. Or Jon Watts.)

Of course, that logic is a vicious cycle at best, but here’s a chance to break it. Director Reed Morano’s dazzling execution of the first three episodes of Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” suggests another excellent source for future women directors: top cinematographers.

Read More: 7 Female Genre Filmmakers You Should Get to Know Right Now

Women cinematographers work harder, longer, and have to be gifted and tough in order to keep landing jobs. As a cinematographer, make one mistake and you’re through. Any working cinematographer has more than
See full article at Thompson on Hollywood »

Adam Driver Is Not Your Typical Movie Star, But He’s One of the Best Actors Working Today — Watch

Adam Driver Is Not Your Typical Movie Star, But He’s One of the Best Actors Working Today — Watch
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If you love indie cinema, then Adam Driver has probably become one of your favorite actors over the last several years. Performances in “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “While We’re Young,” “Tracks,” “Hungry Hearts” and “Midnight Special” have given Driver the chance to show off a dynamic range, but it wasn’t until Jim Jarmusch’s “Paterson” last year where Driver confirmed what most of us knew was inevitable: This dude is a major movie star.

In Jarmusch’s intimate masterpiece, Driver holds the entire picture together with his sensitive and soul-searching work as a New Jersey bus driver and aspiring poet going through the motions of everyday life. Nothing too dramatic happens from a plot perspective, but the way Driver manages to explore his character’s inner life makes “Paterson” feel so true to life and so profound.
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Tracks (2013) – The DVD Review

Sometimes a movie is worth waiting for. If you know anything about the production of motion pictures you may know that it can take years, sometimes decades, to get a film made. One such Hollywood story was the movie Jacob’s Ladder, the script for which became legendary as having been read by almost every producer, director and actor who works in the production of movies. When it finally did get made, well, if you’ve seen it, you probably know its pretty damn good.

In the 1980s I read Robyn Davidson’s book Tracks about her crossing the Australian Outback with camels starting at Alice Springs, the largest town in the outback. The journey was almost 2000 miles and was covered by a photographer from National Geographic, at Robyn Davidson’s request.

Her book was fascinating, and at the time,( this was in the 1980s,) I thought it would make a great movie.
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Women Cinematographers Are Primed For a Big Year in 2017

#2017PreviewBecause they deserve way more recognition.First Look: Mudbound

Movie awards ceremonies are a trivia gold mine. And since I prefer to stuff my brain with an assortment of facts rather than, say, how to do my taxes, I know a lot. For example, did you know that Bob Hope hosted the Academy Awards 18 times? Or that the Golden Globe statuette weighs 5.5 pounds? How about: the first and last time a woman won Best Director Motion Picture at the Golden Globes was in 1983 (Barbra Streisand, Yentl). And: only one Academy Award Best Picture nominee has been directed by a woman of color (Ava DuVernay, Selma).

Perhaps the most incredulous and infuriating bit of trivia I’ve come across is that no woman has ever won an Oscar for Best Cinematography because no woman has ever even been nominated. Seriously. It’s actually the only category in which a woman has yet to be nominated. Congratulations
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Adam Driver Delivers: ‘Silence’ and ‘Paterson’ Are His Best Roles Yet — Consider This

Adam Driver Delivers: ‘Silence’ and ‘Paterson’ Are His Best Roles Yet — Consider This
Like most actors – or, at least, most actors who want to keep getting cast in quality projects – Adam Driver is quick to refer to filmmaking as a director’s medium. In doing so, he reveals a key aspect of his success to date.

“I don’t like being labeled as a certain kind of person or a certain kind of actor,” he told IndieWire in a recent interview. “Hopefully you get a chance to stretch and not stay in one mode.”

Read More: ‘Silence’ Review: Martin Scorsese Delivers a Gorgeous Crisis-of-Faith Drama

It’s easy dismiss such generic statements as aspirational, but Driver’s varied choices back it up. To date, none of his roles look much alike, but they constantly hit the right notes.

In just seven years on screen, the actor has worked with the likes of lauded masters like Clint Eastwood, the Coen Brothers and Steven Spielberg,
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Production underway on ABC iview’s ‘F*cking Adelaide’ with Pamela Rabe

Tilda Cobham-Hervey, one of the stars of 'F*cking Adelaide'.

Shooting has kicked off this week in on F*cking Adelaide, a six part comedy drama series for ABC iview.

The Closer Productions series will be headlined by Pamela Rabe (Wentworth, Cosi), Tilda Cobham-Hervey (52 Tuesdays, Barracuda, The Kettering Incident, Hotel Mumbai), Kate Box (Rake, The Little Death), and Brendan MacLean (The Great Gatsby, Tracks). Production will continue through to mid-January on location in Adelaide and South Australia..

F*cking Adelaide follows three siblings who discover their mother is selling their childhood home in Adelaide. Each 12-minute episode is told through the point of view of one of the characters.

All the show's key creatives and heads of department are South Australian. The series.is directed by Sophie Hyde (52 Tuesdays).and written by Matthew Cormack and Matt Vesely. Hyde will also produce alongside Rebecca Summerton..

.It.s a total delight for
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Could A Female Finally Be Nominated For Best Cinematography This Year?

Mandy Walker (Courtesy: ‘The Hollywood Reporter’)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

It seems that the conversation around making the Oscars more inclusive and diverse is an endless conversation. Perhaps one of the statistics that oftentimes goes unnoticed is the Academy’s vast underrepresentation of female cinematographers in the best cinematography category — which has been around since the inception of the awards show.

This year we might just have a breakthrough with Mandy Walker and her work on the Theodore Melfi-directed Hidden Figures — which stars three black actresses in the main roles: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe. General audiences won’t see the film until January 13, 2017, but critics are starting to see it this Friday.

In the history of the Oscars — all 88 ceremonies that are in the books so far — no women have won for best cinematography, mostly because none have ever been nominated in the category.
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'Lion' team reveals journey behind emotional true story

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'Lion' team reveals journey behind emotional true story
Harvey Weinstein, Iain Canning and Garth Davis discuss Toronto hit which had its European premiere in Zurich on Thursday night [Sept 23].

Following Lion’s well-received Toronto world premiere, executive producer and Us distributor Harvey Weinstein, producer Iain Canning and director Garth Davis discussed the film’s journey ahead of the film’s European premiere at the Zurich Film Festival.

Weinstein told a press conference that he felt a personal connection to the material when he first read the script:

“I was moved by the piece. Twelve years ago I started seeing Georgina [Chapman, now his wife]. She’s involved in fashion, and her inspiration has always been India. Her family had lived there and we named our now 6-year-old daughter India, and Georgina started a school in Delhi to take kids off the street, the Rose Home Shelter. This story was very appealing because of these kids and what happens to them, for me on a personal note,” the executive
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'Lion' team reveal journey behind emotional true story

  • ScreenDaily
'Lion' team reveal journey behind emotional true story
Harvey Weinstein, Iain Canning and Garth Davis discuss Toronto hit which had its European premiere in Zurich on Thursday night [Sept 23].

Following Lion’s well-received Toronto world premiere, executive producer and Us distributor Harvey Weinstein, producer Iain Canning and director Garth Davis discussed the film’s journey ahead of the film’s European premiere at the Zurich Film Festival.

Weinstein told a press conference that he felt a personal connection to the material when he first read the script:

“I was moved by the piece. Twelve years ago I started seeing Georgina [Chapman, now his wife]. She’s involved in fashion, and her inspiration has always been India. Her family had lived there and we named our now 6-year-old daughter India, and Georgina started a school in Delhi to take kids off the street, the Rose Home Shelter. This story was very appealing because of these kids and what happens to them, for me on a personal note,” the executive
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'Lion' team reveal journey behind emotional awards hopeful

  • ScreenDaily
'Lion' team reveal journey behind emotional awards hopeful
Harvey Weinstein, Iain Canning and Garth Davis discuss Toronto hit which got its European premiere in Zurich on Thursday [23] night.

Following Lion’s well-received Toronto world premiere, executive producer and Us distributor Harvey Weinstein, producer Iain Canning and director Garth Davis discussed the film’s journey ahead of the film’s European premiere at the Zurich Film Festival.

Weinstein told a press conference that he felt a personal connection to the material when he first read the script:

“I was moved by the piece. Twelve years ago I started seeing Georgina [Chapman, now his wife]. She’s involved in fashion, and her inspiration has always been India. Her family had lived there and we named our now 6-year-old daughter India, and Georgina started a school in Delhi to take kids off the street, the Rose Home Shelter. This story was very appealing because of these kids and what happens to them, for me on a personal note,” the executive
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