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Catriona McKenzie to shoot Nakkiah Lui’s iview comedy series ‘Kiki & Kitty'

Nakkiah Lui..

Shooting has kicked off in Sydney on Porchlight Films' comedy series.Kiki & Kitty.

The absurdist series is the brainchild of writer-actor Nakkiah Lui (Black Comedy), who is working with producers Liz Watts and Sylvia Warmer. .

Produced for ABC iview, the 6 x 10 minute series will be directed by Catriona McKenzie (Shadow Hunters, Satellite Boy, Redfern Now).

The series follows .the trials and tribulations of Kiki, the good black girl in a bad white world, who stumbles across her vagina in the personification of Kitty and realises there is a lot more to life than she thought..

Elaine Crombie (Black Comedy, Redfern Now) stars as Kitty, and comes to the series.from Lui.s recent Malthouse Theatre Company show Blaque Showgirls. Kiki & Kitty also stars Christine Anu, Tessa Rose, Lisa Flanagan, Ryan Johnson and Rob Carlton..

Kiki & Kitty has been commissioned by ABC Indigenous and financed through Screen Australia.s Multiplatform Fund.
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Jed Kurzel wins screen music feature award

Jed Kurzel.s string-based score for Scottish director John Maclean.s Slow West won the feature film prize at the 13th Screen Music Awards.

It was the composer's second win in the category; his first was for brother Justin Kurzel.s Snowtown in 2011. Jed also scored Justin's Macbeth and Jennifer Kent.s The Babadook.

Via video link Kurzel thanked Maclean for suggesting .I write something that he could whistle.. He said he was incredibly surprised and very honoured to win the award, .particularly amongst such an amazing group of artists.. David Hirschfelder took home the gongs for best music for a TV series or serial for BBC First.s Banished and best soundtrack album for The Water Diviner.

Antony Partos won best music for a documentary for Jen Peedom.s Sherpa and best TV theme went to Roger Mason for Playmaker Media.s The Code.

Ruby Entertainment.s ABC drama
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Screen Music Awards return to Melbourne

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The Screen Music Awards are set to return to Melbourne for the first time since 2012.

This year.s celebration of the union between screen and music will be held on November 12 at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

Apra Amcos chief executive, Brett Cottle said he was delighted to bring the event back to Melbourne.

"The Screen Music Awards have a long and rich history of acknowledging outstanding screen composition in this country," he said..

"We look forward to providing the opportunity for our members to not only recognise their peers but renew acquaintances and spark future creative endeavours to be awarded at next year.s event..

The event will be hosted for the second time by actor and writer Rob Carlton and will feature music direction by Emmy Award winning composer Ashley Irwin.

Staged jointly by Apra Amcos and the Agsc, the awards showcase the outstanding achievements of Australia.s film
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New format for Aacta event

The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (Aacta) is switching the awards luncheon which precedes the awards ceremony to a night-time event.

The aim is to provide a better and bigger platform for the first batch of awards presented, according to Aacta CEO Damian Trewhella.

Actor/presenter Rob Carlton will host the industry dinner at the The Star Event Centre in Sydney on Monday November 30.

Carlton quipped, .I've trained all my life to host a room full of intelligent, slightly drunk but getting drunker, left leaning, creative types... It'll be like Sydney University's Manning Bar in the 90's, or the Judgement Bar of a time that's difficult to pinpoint but I'm sure existed. We should be fine but if it does get out of hand I can always use my shouty/sweary Kerry Packer voice..

The awards ceremony will take place at the same venue on December 9, telecast on
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Digital release for Oz musical comedy after festival premiere

In another piracy-busting move, the creative team behind Super Awesome! plan to launch the musical comedy on iTunes and other VOD platforms on May 29, the same day as the world premiere in Toronto.

Guy Edmonds and Matt Zeremes, who co-wrote and co-directed the mico-budgeted film, play struggling actors who are given one last chance to prove themselves by staging a musical, Honey I.m Homeless.

The theme is marriage equality, a topic about which the naïve, straight guys know next to nothing.

The self-funded $60,000 film will premiere at the 25th Annual Inside Out Toronto Lgbt Film Festival, arranged by the international sales agent, French- based Outplay.

The cast includes Simon Burke (who performs the signature song Man to Man), Patrick Brammall, Rob Carlton, Annie Maynard and New York actor Vinnie Vella, whose credits include Casino, The Sopranos and Coffee and Cigarettes.

Australian distributor Curious Film is closing the VOD deals,
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Predestination, The Code lead Aacta noms

The Spierig brothers. Predestination and Russell Crowe.s The Water Diviner lead the film nominees while The Code and Please Like Me head the contenders in the TV categories in the 4th Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (Aacta) Awards.

Predestination received nine nominations, followed by The Water Diviner with eight, seven for David Michôd.s The Rover and six apiece for Jennifer Kent.s The Babadook, Josh Lawson.s The Little Death and Jonathan Teplitzky.s The Railway Man.

Culled from 25 eligible titles, Predestination, The Water Diviner,. The Babadook, Rolf de Heer.s Charlie.s Country, The Railway Man and John Curran.s Tracks are vying for best feature.

Perhaps surprisingly, Crowe was overlooked for best director, which will be a battle between the Spierigs, Kent, de Heer and Michôd.

The contenders for best TV drama are Endemol.s Puberty Blues season 2, Playmaker Media.s The Code, Screentime
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Ten bets big on reality, less on drama

Network Ten is betting heavily on new and returning reality shows in 2015 to maintain the momentum of this year.s ratings growth and to make the company a more attractive take-over target as potential buyers circle.

News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch has confirmed the 50%-owned Foxtel is looking at buying a small stake in the loss-making broadcaster, reportedly in partnership with Discovery Communications. Cross-media laws would limit Foxtel to a 14.9% stake.

Murdoch told News' Agm that independent advisers have been hired to look at the potential purchase but he ruled out buying his son Lachlan.s stake in Ten.

There were only two fresh dramas among eight new local productions highlighted at Ten.s upfronts presentation on Thursday night.

FremantleMedia Australia will produce Mary: The Making Of A Princess, a telemovie dramatizing the fairytale of the Tasmanian-born real estate agent who met a Danish crown prince in a Sydney pub and became Mary,
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Ten bets on reality, less on drama

Network Ten is betting heavily on new and returning reality shows in 2015 to maintain the momentum of this year.s ratings growth and to make the company a more attractive take-over target as potential buyers circle.

There were only two fresh dramas among eight new local productions highlighted at Ten.s upfronts presentation on Thursday night.

FremantleMedia Australia will produce Mary: The Making Of A Princess, dramatizing the fairytale of the Tasmanian-born real estate agent who met a Danish crown prince in a pub and became Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark.

Shine Australia will produce The Peter Brock Story, a bio on the motorsports champion who was plagued by self-doubt. He died in 2006, aged 61, when his car hit a tree during a rally in Western Australia.

Fremantle Media.s Wonderland returns next year and Neighbours will celebrate its 30th year, but there is no Offspring.

The only major new Australian
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Marriage equality flick Super Awesome! bags stellar cast

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Theatre buffs may recognise Matt Zeremes and Guy Edmonds from their portrayal of a love-struck homosexual couple in the sell-out show Holding the Man.

Now the pair of straight-up straight guys are working on a new project, this time tackling the issue of gay marriage.

The comedic feature film, Super Awesome! has just finished 17 days of shooting in Sydney and now cast and crew are en route to New York, where they will film the finale.

.I can.t wait. It.s chaotic, there are still a couple of things to organise, it.s super exciting,. says Zeremes - who co-directs and co-produces with Edmonds - the day before the duo is set to fly to the Big Apple.

.Already it.s been a really amazing journey, really awesome,. adds Edmonds. .But I.m so absolutely shattered . it.s been the biggest three weeks of my life..

The two first
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Aussie marriage equality flick Super Awesome! assembles stellar cast, shoots in

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Theatre buffs may recognise Matt Zeremes and Guy Edmonds from their portrayal of a love-struck homosexual couple in the sell-out show Holding the Man.

Now the pair of straight-up straight guys are working on a new project, this time tackling the issue of gay marriage.

The comedic feature film, Super Awesome! has just finished 17 days of shooting in Sydney and now cast and crew are en route to New York, where they will film the finale.

.I can.t wait. It.s chaotic, there are still a couple of things to organise, it.s super exciting,. says Zeremes - who co-directs and co-produces with Edmonds - the day before the duo is set to fly to the Big Apple.

.Already it.s been a really amazing journey, really awesome,. adds Edmonds. .But I.m so absolutely shattered . it.s been the biggest three weeks of my life..

The two first
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Rachel Griffiths and Mandy McElhinney lead new Paper Giants cast

Rachel Griffiths and Mandy McElhinney have been cast in the follow up to Paper Giants: the Birth of Cleo, Paper Giants: Magazine Wars.

Griffiths will play Dulcie Boling, editor of New Idea with McElhinney playing Nene King, Boling’s former deputy editor and the new editor of Packer’s Women’s Day.

The story follows the rivalry of the women as a battle between the magazines give rise to celebrities, gossip and chequebook journalism. As the press release reads: “It’s 1987. Hair is big. Shoulder pads are wide. The Royals are still a family.”

Produced by Southern Star’s Mimi Butler and John Edwards, the series will see the return of Rob Carlton as Kerry Packer. Carlton won a Logie for his portrayal of the late Acp boss in Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo.

Written by Justin Monjo and Keith Thompson, the series will be directed by Daina Reid,
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First look at P.J. Hogan’s Mental revealed

The first look of P.J. Hogan’s new film Mental has been released.

The film, distributed by Universal Pictures, reunites the writer/director with his Muriel’s Wedding star Toni Collette after 18 years.

After Barry Moochmore’s wife has a mental breakdown, he enlists Shaz as babysitter to his children.

Due out on 4 October, the production also includes Anthony Lapaglia, Rebecca Gibney, Liev Shriber, Kerry Fox, Deborah Mailman and Rob Carlton.

The film was last week selected to close the Melbourne International Film Festival on Saturday 18 August.

The film was shot on the Gold Coast and northern New South Wales.
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Hamish Blake takes out the gold logie but ABC dominates

Loving the underdog is what Aussies are all about, and this was proved again last night at the 54th Annual Logies Awards Ceremony held at Crown Palladium in Melbourne.

Despite Carrie Bickmore of Channel 10.s highly successful The Project being the favourite to take out the major gong, the Gold Logie for most popular personality on TV went instead to comedian Hamish Blake of Hamish and Andy.s Gap Year.

In a minor controversy leading up to this unexpected win, while testing its new IPad application the Herald Sun experienced a technical glitch, leading to the publishing of a link to an embargoed press release containing Logies winners an hour prior to the Gold Logie being officially announced during Channel Nine.s coverage.

The link was killed immediately, but not before Google picked it up. In the split second it was available, lucky net-trawlers picked it up and leaked it onto Facebook and Twitter,
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Hamish Blake wins Gold Logie as ABC is top network

Nine comedian Hamish Blake has won the Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality at the 54th TV Week Logie Awards.

However, public broadcaster the ABC won the most awards, followed by Nine, Seven and Ten.

Blake pipped fellow nominees Adam Hills, Asher Keddie, Karl Stevanovic, Carrie Bickmore and Esther Anderson to the top gong.

Blake’s win was leaked online by The Herald Sun about an hour before the presentation of the Gold Logie and was a spoiler for the room. However Ten’s Breakfast reports Blake maintained he didn’t know before the announcement was made.

Across the networks, the ABC came out on top with six and a shared award – the shared coming from Asher Keddie’s Most Popular Actress win for her work in both the ABC’s Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo and Ten’s Offspring.

The ABC also won the most outstanding drama series,
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ABC to launch Paper Giants sequel

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation has revealed that a sequel to the successful series Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo is set to hit Australian screens soon.

The ABC sequel will cover the 1990s Sydney-based rivalry of Dulcie Boling and Nene King, the women behind the popular magazines New Idea and Woman’s Day.

The rivalry between the two editors was sparked when King joined Woman’s Day, leaving her colleague Boling at New Idea. King transformed Woman’s Day into a market-dominating circulation selling more than one million copies a week.

Southern Star Productions will again take the reins with producer John Edwards and directed by Daina Reid, following on from Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo.

According to The Sydney Morning Herald article, ABC casting has not yet been confirmed and the actors roles have not been selected.

The original series Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo received 1.2 million viewers nationally,
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'Paper Giants' sequel being planned by The ABC?

'Paper Giants' sequel being planned by The ABC?
A sequel to historical drama Paper Giants is in the works, it has been reported. Last year's television miniseries Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo profiled magazine editor Ita Buttrose (Asher Keddie) as she launched Cleo magazine in the 1970s with Kerry Packer (Rob Carlton). A follow-up focusing on rival magazine editors Dulcie Boling and Nene King during the 1990s is now said to be in the works at production company Southern Star under the title Paper Giants: The Magazine Wars. Boling and King were formerly colleagues at New Idea magazine, but became rivals when King moved to Woman's (more)
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TV Week Logies announce 2012 nominations

The nominations for the 2012 TV Week Logies were announced on Sunday, with long-running soap Home and Away and Nine.s Underbelly: Razor leading the pool with seven nominations each.

Home and Away, which has been on air since 1988, received its nominations in the public-voted categories. It is up against Offspring, Packed To The Rafters, Winners And Losers and Underbelly: Razor for most popular drama series.

Esther Anderson (who plays Charlie Buckton) is nominated for both the gold logie for most popular TV personality and the silver logie for most popular actress. Veteran Ray Meagher (aka Alf Stewart) will compete against stars from Wild Boys, Packed to the Rafters and Offspring for most popular actor, while Dan Ewing, Steve Peacocke and Demi Harman are nominated in the most popular new talent categories.

Underbelly: Razor was acknowledged by both the public and industry peers. It earned nods for most popular series, actress
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2012 Logies nominees revealed

TV heavyweights Karl Stefanovic, Adam Hills and Asher Keddie are among the main contenders for the top prize at the 2012 TV Week Logie Awards.

For the second year in a row, the Today presenter, the Spicks and Specks host and the Paper Giants actress look likely to claim the top award – the viewer-voted Gold Logie – which last year was claimed by Stefanovic.

They will be challenged by Ten’s Carrie Bickmore, Hamish Blake from Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year and Seven’s Esther Anderson.

The list of contenders in full:

TV Week Gold Logie – Most Popular Personality on TV

Adam Hills (Spicks And Specks, ABC1/Adam Hills In Gordon St Tonight, ABC1) Asher Keddie (Nina Proudman, Offspring, Network Ten /Ita Buttrose, Paper Giants: The Birth Of Cleo, ABC1) Carrie Bickmore (The Project, Network Ten) Esther Anderson (Charlie Buckton, Home And Away, Channel Seven) Hamish Blake (Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year,
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Rush joins Tropfest’s Roughcut

Aacta president Geoffrey Rush has lent his weight to this year’s Tropfest Film Festival, it’s been announced today.

The actor has been named a judge of both the Tropfest short film competition and the inaugural Tropfest Roughcut Symposium, held Saturday 18 February.

Rush will join Wish You Were Here director Kieran Darcy-Smith, and Love and Other Drugs producer Charles Randolph as a speaker to the Saturday symposium.

Also on the bill is composer Lisa Gerrard and Tropfest’s 2011 runner up, Jason Van Genderen.

Rush said: “Tropfest is turning 20, that’s serious frisky adulthood – so vicenarians, please join this sexagenarian for a cinematic chat on known knowns, known unknowns, and unknown unknowns… it’s a Q and A and I’d love to hear from you.”

The day is hosted by actor/comedian Rob Carlton.
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Geoffrey Rush, Cate Blanchett to present at Aussie Aacta Awards

Geoffrey Rush, Cate Blanchett to present at Aussie Aacta Awards
The presenters for this year's Aacta Awards have been revealed. The King's Speech actor Geoffrey Rush has agreed to run proceedings at the awards ceremony previously dubbed the 'Aussie Oscars' when it takes place on January 31 at the Sydney Opera House. According to the Herald Sun, Rush will be joined by various presenters including Cate Blanchett, Rachael Taylor, Lincoln Lewis, siblings Anthony and Jonathan Lapaglia, Xavier Samuel and Rob Carlton. Carlton, who is nominated as 'Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama' for his portrayal of media mogul Kerry Packer in ABC's Paper Giants, said that he would play his presenting role by ear. "Here's my tactics," he said. "If you're towards the end of the night and you don't have comedy gold, you just get straight to (more)
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