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Nicole Kidman To Produce & Possibly Star In ‘The Expatriates’ TV Series Adaptation

Nicole Kidman and her Blossom Films have optioned Janice Y.K Lee’s bestselling novel The Expatriates to be adapted as a television series. Screenwriter Alice Bell (Suburban Mayhem) is attached to pen the adaptation, with a potential role for Kidman to star. Kidman and Blossom partner Per Saari will executive produce alongside Pow! Productions' Theresa Park, with Lee serving as consulting producer. The project will be shopped to premium networks and streaming-services. The…
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Shooting underway on second season of ‘Glitch’

'Glitch'.

Production has kicked off in Melbourne on the second season of Matchbox Pictures'.Glitch, with directors Emma Freeman and Tony Krawitz at the helm. The shoot will continue on location around the city and in regional Victoria until the end of March.

The first season of the zombie drama, created by Louise Fox (Broadchurch, Dead Europe) and Tony Ayres (The Slap, Cut Snake, Nowhere Boys), followed seven people who had inexplicably returned from the dead.

The second season sees .the Risen. unravel the mystery of how and why they are back while contending with a lethal threat..

In October it was announced that Netflix was coming on board as a production partner for the second season, along with Matchbox and the ABC.

.We can.t wait for our audience to see where the story goes. We want to deliver on the promise of answers and keep the thrills and spills coming,
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Netflix to co-produce second season of Glitch with the ABC, Matchbox

Glitch.

The second season of.Glitch will be co-produced by the ABC, Matchbox and Netflix.—.making it the closest thing to a Netflix Original produced locally..

The first season of the zombie drama streams on Netflix Oz and debuted on Netflix U.S. last week (October 15).

According to Chris Oliver-Taylor, MD of Matchbox Pictures and the show's Ep, "Glitch was something that Netflix were interested in very early as a result of the quality of series one."

"Matchbox always tries to produce programs that work for an international audience. The international deal was reasonably simple to construct; the more complicated piece of the puzzle was working with Netflix, NBCUniversal and the ABC to work out the local Australian arrangements, working through windowing and how to manage on-demand."

Oliver-Taylor is excited about what the deal might mean for the local sector.

"We think that by bringing on Netflix to be a
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Alice Bell talks female screenwriters initiative Smart Like A Girl: Roar

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Alice Bell.

Prolific screenwriter Alice Bell has an enviable list of credits: The Slap, Puberty Blues, The Beautiful Lie. She speaks to If about life as a scribe and her latest project — a collaboration with producer Imogen Banks which aims to mentor young female writers through the process of developing a TV series through to network pitch. ..

Congrats on the funding through Gender Matters for Smart Like A Girl: Roar. Why did you want to set up this program?.

Imogen and I are often approached by young writers asking how to become a screenwriter for television and the answer is: there.s no clear path. It.s a frustrating thing. You could be a note-taker in a story room but that doesn.t mean you.ll necessarily get to write an episode. You could write your own web series or a pilot, but then you.re competing with experienced writers and the world,
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Alice Bell talks female writers initiative Smart Like A Girl: Roar

  • IF.com.au
Prolific screenwriter Alice Bell has an enviable list of credits: The Slap, Puberty Blues, The Beautiful Lie. She speaks to If about life as a scribe and her latest project — a collaboration with producer Imogen Banks which aims to mentor young female writers through the process of developing a TV series through to network pitch. ..

Congrats on the funding through Gender Matters for Smart Like A Girl: Roar. Why did you want to set up this program?.

Imogen and I are often approached by young writers asking how to become a screenwriter for television and the answer is: there.s no clear path. It.s a frustrating thing. You could be a note-taker in a story room but that doesn.t mean you.ll necessarily get to write an episode. You could write your own web series or a pilot, but then you.re competing with experienced writers and the world,
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If checks in with Vca Film and TV alumni as the school rings in 50 years

Gillian Armstrong's 1971 student film The Roof Needs Mowing.

Secret City director Emma Freeman remembers Vca Film and Television School, where she studied for three years in the early 2000.s, .as a place where .a lot of people were really scraping things together to make their movie..

.That's what I loved about that school., Freeman says..

.It taught me about being a storyteller and it also taught me to be resourceful. Never to be limited by what you have..

Vca Film and TV is celebrating 50 years of scraping things together this year, from its opening at Swinburne in 1966 to the jump to the Vca in 1992 and beyond.

Cinematographer Ian Baker (Japanese Story, Words and Pictures) was one of the first, in 1968..

..I had no idea what I wanted to do when I completed the course,. Baker says.

.I didn't really know that I wanted to be a cinematographer, even though
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Ben Young feature Hounds of Love to go into production in 2016

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New feature film Hounds of Love is set to start shooting in Western Australia early next year.

The project, from writer/director Ben Young and producer Melissa Kelly, has been supported by Screen Australia and ScreenWest.

Hounds of Love is the debut feature film for Young and is a thriller drawn from a number of infamous local and international crimes. ..

Producer Melissa Kelly said Hounds of Love explored some of the same territory as the gripping Australian crime thrillers Animal Kingdom, Suburban Mayhem and Mystery Road.

The project participated in the ScreenWest script and talent development initiatives Feature Navigator and eQuinoxe in 2014 and attracted international recognition when it was pitched at European Film Market (Efm) in Berlin earlier this year. ..

In 2014 the project was awarded production funding through ScreenWest.s West Coast Visions initiative, which aims to uncover, inspire and develop local filmmakers..

Screen Australia chief executive, Graeme Mason said
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Mia Wasikowska, Four Movies in One Year: Young Hollywood's Rising Star

Given how brutal Hollywood is in its treatment of young actors, it's a testament to Mia Wasikowska's fortitude and skill that she continues to find new and interesting roles for herself.

Since her 2006 debut with a small role in the Cannes/Tiff Aussie film "Suburban Mayhem," and her mainstream success as Alice in Tim Burton's 2010 reimagining of "Alice In Wonderland," this 24-year-old star has sought out increasingly unique and diverse roles. In 2013 alone, she appeared in four compelling films (including the Hitchcockian "Stoker") and directed a segment of the anthology film "The Turning."

Three of those films that played festivals late last year are only seeing their theatrical release now. First was Jim Jarmusch's unique take on the vampire ethos in "Only Lovers Left Alive," where Mia plays Ava, a force of nature that brings life and energy to the laconic film. In "Tracks," the actress takes the lead,
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‘Sleeping Beauty’ Trailer

Screen Australia and Spectrum Films released the first trailer for erotic drama “Sleeping Beauty.” The film stars Emily Browning (“Sucker Punch,” “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events”), Michael Dorman (“Daybreakers,” “Suburban Mayhem”), Mirrah Foulkes (“Animal Kingdom,” “Dying Breed”) and Rachael Blake (“Lantana,” “Perfect Strangers”). Here is the synopsis: “Death-haunted, quietly reckless, Lucy is a young university student who takes a job as a Sleep Beauty. In the Sleeping Beauty Chamber, old men seek an erotic experience that requires Lucy’s absolute submission. This unsettling task starts to bleed into Lucy’s daily life and she develops an increasing need to know what happens to her when she is asleep.” “Sleeping Beauty” is directed and written by Julia Leigh (“The Hunter”). The film will be distributed by Transmission later this year in Australia. Check out the trailer and let us know what you think. Source: Pollen Digital on Vimeo
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Arthur Miller Play To Shoot In Melbourne

Arthur Miller Play To Shoot In Melbourne
A big screen version of Arthur Miller's award-winning play, A View From The Bridge, is set to shoot in Melbourne mid-way through this year and features a clutch of big name local and international talent.    Anthony Lapaglia (pictured) secured the rights to the film, as well as Arthur Miller's approval, after starring in the 1998 Broadway production, for which he won a Tony Award for Best Actor as Eddie Carbone. The actor will reprise his role for the film, as well as help produce the film.   Based on a screenplay by Andrew Bovell (Lantana), the film will be directed by Robert Connolly (Balibo) and is also set to star Sam Neill, Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland, The Kids Are All Right, Suburban Mayhem), Academy Award nominee Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air) and newcomer Sebastian Stan (Black Swan).
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Short Film Big On Action

Short Film Big On Action
The star of Aussie films (Wolf Creek, Balibo, Summer Coda) and Hollywood flicks (Snakes On A Plane, Surfer, Dude), Nathan Phillips has an interest in working on the other side of the camera. After co-founding the independent production company Sons of Outlaws, Phillips directed his first short entitled Message from the CEO in September last year.   Phillips can now add another credit to his directorial resume. He's just finished shooting the short Post Apocalyptic Man. Starring Damian Walshe-Howling (Underbelly, the upcoming The Reef) and Michael Dorman (Daybreakers, Suburban Mayhem), it follows one man's quest for revenge against a totalitarian empire, set in a post-apocalyptic Australian outback.
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Mayhem in Melbourne

Mayhem in Melbourne
A new short film titled Post Apocalyptic Man and starring Damian Walshe-Howling (Underbelly, the upcoming The Reef) and Michael Dorman (Daybreakers, Suburban Mayhem) has just commenced shooting in Melbourne.   Set in the Australian outback, the short - which has been described as a mash-up of genres - chronicles one man's drive for revenge against a totalitarian empire.   It's directed by Nathan Phillips who is best known for his skills in front of the camera. Many will recall the Aussie actor as the terrorised backpacker Ben Mitchell in the hit horror film Wolf Creek. Phillips has also starred in a number of other home grown flicks including the comedy You And Your Stupid Mate, the acclaimed Balibo and this year's romantic drama Summer Coda.
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Bad box office not the same as bad films

Margaret Pomeranz delivered a powerful keynote speech at the opening of the Spaa Conference yesterday in Sydney, and Encore has the full transcript of her meditation on the state of Australian film and television – and why Government and audiences should appreciate the arts a little more.

I’m extremely grateful to Spaa for inviting me to give this keynote speech today. It is the Hector Crawford Memorial Lecture and I want to honour the man today. Hector put Australian television on the map, he made Australian accents acceptable in the media. Do you remember when we could only stomach New Zealanders reading our news because they sounded more English than us? Brian Henderson was a prime example. But more than that Hector validated Australian writers, Australian actors, directors, designers, a whole Australian infrastructure, Some of those people are still working today. In a very significant way Hector created an industry,
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Suburban Mayhem / Strange Bedfellows

Courtesy of Icon Home Entertainment, we have Paul Goldman’s Suburban Mayhem and Dean Murphy’s Strange Bedfellows on Blu-ray.

Strange Bedfellows is the 2004 comedy hit starring Michael Caton and Paul Hogan as two very straight mates trying to pass as a gay couple to take advantage of a new tax law – inspiration for Hollywood’s I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry?

Suburban Mayhem stars Emily Barclay as a 19-year old single mum living in a world of petty crime, fast cars, manicures and cheap sex… and she’s trying to get away with murder! It’s inspired by real events and received the 2006 Awgie for Best Original Feature Film and the AFI Award for Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor (Anthony Hayes) and Best Original Score (Mick Harvey).

It’s a perfect moment to discover them, either for the first time, or revisit them on high definition!

To win,
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Australia’s Power 50

It’s been four years since Encore published its Top 20 Directors and Producers list, and we felt it was time to compile a new, more comprehensive list that included professionals working across all areas – film, television and Tvc production – as well as the leaders and decision-makers that determine the direction of the industry.

Instead of having a limited list of panellists, we consulted with the main agencies and organisations, and also asked our readers to nominate their candidates. We ended up with a list of more than 200 screen industry professionals, and deciding the final 50 was indeed a difficult task. Of course, some other very influential and successful people didn’t make the final cut, but there were only 50 spots and too many talented men and women!

We hope you’ll enjoy – or not, and if so, debate it passionately – the selection of what will become our annual Power 50 list.

1. Christopher Mapp
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10 Most Underrated Young Actresses

Can the media alter the public's perception of an actor? I believe so - that's why we have the likes of Megan Fox hugging the headlines and getting the covers of men's magazines, while a lot of more talented young actresses could not even manage to get featured and have interviews. If you think about it, what has she done in the movies to deserve so much publicity and attention? - - -

- - - Some may argue, 'hey, don't blame her, she's just good at playing the Hollywood game, and she got a shrewd agent managing her career!'. That maybe so and yes, I agree when others say 'she'll not last another year - others will soon take over'. There are those who may say 'Agents and talent managers always take care of their wards - that's why stars have a public image and a private one'.
See full article at The Movie Fanatic »

10 Most Underrated Young Actresses

Can the media alter the public's perception of an actor? I believe so - that's why we have the likes of Megan Fox hugging the headlines and getting the covers of men's magazines, while a lot of more talented young actresses could not even manage to get featured and have interviews. If you think about it, what has she done in the movies to deserve so much publicity and attention? - - -

- - - Some may argue, 'hey, don't blame her, she's just good at playing the Hollywood game, and she got a shrewd agent managing her career!'. That maybe so and yes, I agree when others say 'she'll not last another year - others will soon take over'. There are those who may say 'Agents and talent managers always take care of their wards - that's why stars have a public image and a private one'.
See full article at The Movie Fanatic »

10 Most Underrated Young Actresses

Can the media alter the public's perception of an actor? I believe so - that's why we have the likes of Megan Fox hugging the headlines and getting the covers of men's magazines, while a lot of more talented young actresses could not even manage to get featured and have interviews. If you think about it, what has she done in the movies to deserve so much publicity and attention? - - -

- - - Some may argue, 'hey, don't blame her, she's just good at playing the Hollywood game, and she got a shrewd agent managing her career!'. That maybe so and yes, I agree when others say 'she'll not last another year - others will soon take over'. There are those who may say 'Agents and talent managers always take care of their wards - that's why stars have a public image and a private one'.
See full article at The Movie Fanatic »

10 Most Underrated Young Actresses

Can the media alter the public's perception of an actor? I believe so - that's why we have the likes of Megan Fox hugging the headlines and getting the covers of men's magazines, while a lot of more talented young actresses could not even manage to get featured and have interviews. If you think about it, what has she done in the movies to deserve so much publicity and attention? - - -

- - - Some may argue, 'hey, don't blame her, she's just good at playing the Hollywood game, and she got a shrewd agent managing her career!'. That maybe so and yes, I agree when others say 'she'll not last another year - others will soon take over'. There are those who may say 'Agents and talent managers always take care of their wards - that's why stars have a public image and a private one'.
See full article at The Movie Fanatic »

10 Most Underrated Young Actresses

Can the media alter the public's perception of an actor? I believe so - that's why we have the likes of Megan Fox hugging the headlines and getting the covers of men's magazines, while a lot of more talented young actresses could not even manage to get featured and have interviews. If you think about it, what has she done in the movies to deserve so much publicity and attention? - - -

- - - Some may argue, 'hey, don't blame her, she's just good at playing the Hollywood game, and she got a shrewd agent managing her career!'. That maybe so and yes, I agree when others say 'she'll not last another year - others will soon take over'. There are those who may say 'Agents and talent managers always take care of their wards - that's why stars have a public image and a private one'.
See full article at The Movie Fanatic »
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